`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

Personal Development during Training
Personal development during training
The Personal Development Demands for Working at Relational Depth

To set the scene for this chapter on personal development I need to review some of the ideas presented in Chapter 2. In that chapter I explored the issues involved in working at relational depth with clients in person-centred counselling. In contrasting this with counselling work which merely demanded surface relational competencies, I pointed to the profound personal development demands required for working at relational depth. The free-flowing congruence of the worker is a pre-requisite to meeting the client at relational depth. To achieve that freedom with congruence demands that the trainee counsellor forgoes the security of portrayal. There is a natural tendency for course members, early in training, to ...

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