`This thoughtful and thought-provoking book is essential reading not only for those involved in the training of counsellors within the person-centred approach, but also for individuals who may have simplistic, dismissive or otherwise ill-informed notions of the depth of self-awareness required of the person-centred practitioner and the far-reaching challenges offered by the approach. For counsellors who define themselves as "person-centred" but who have had no substantial training, it should be compulsory reading' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling Person-centred counselling probably requires more training - and a greater intensity of training - than most other mainstream counselling approaches, but
The term ‘professional issues’ in counselling encompasses all the matters around the counsellor's work with the client. Dryden et al. (1995) describe it thus:
This curriculum includes everything the counsellor does to make the work possible and to assist in its quality outside the actual skills of the counselling interaction. It encompasses, for instance, attention to the context of the work: ensuring the suitability of the work setting, being diligent over attendance and punctuality, and, in general, being responsible to the client without taking responsibility for the client. (p. 126)
Dryden et al. (1995) offer further clarification of the kinds of issues which would be included in this curriculum:
- selecting and contracting with a supervisor;
- using tape recorders in counselling – practical and ...