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`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

Central Dynamics in Person-Centred Counselling Training
Central dynamics in person-centred counselling training

The word ‘dynamic’ is frequently used in psychotherapy literature. I think it took me about ten years to learn what ‘dynamic’ meant. Of course I hid my ignorance – that is why it took me ten years. Once it is grasped, ‘dynamic’ is a wonderfully rich concept. It denotes something which is essentially in perpetual conflict, but in that conflict it has life and vigour and powerful impact on people. Counselling trainers work with ‘dynamics’ all the time: How challenging should we make this experience? How fully congruent can I be in relations with my trainees? How much of my Self can I give? With all these dynamics there is argument and counter-argument. Creative ...

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