`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
Some person-centred specialists will wonder how an entire chapter can be devoted to ‘skill development’ within the approach. Certainly the approach is not centred in skill development but in the congruence of the counsellor as emphasised in the previous chapter. Nevertheless, person-centred counselling is a skilful activity, albeit that its skills are grounded in the practitioner's personal development.
Reductionistic and Holistic Conceptions of Skill Development
Counselling approaches vary in their conception of skill development. Some hold to a reduction is tic emphasis whereby skilful behaviour is subdivided into smaller units of discrete skills. Training exercises are then developed for each discrete skill with feedback and assessment available to the course member. Once discrete skills are practised and developed they can then be built upon ...