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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

Understanding Theory
Understanding theory

Carl Rogers had a great love of theory. He relished the many occasions during the last 20 years of his life when his valued friend and colleague, Maria Bowen, would take up his challenge to theoretical discussion. Carl knew that Maria was an intellectual match for him and that the debate which would ensue could create new learning. It seems at first to be a strange paradox that the therapeutic approach which he developed has not, in the main, attracted a great number of people who have a similar strong interest in the development of theory.

However, this theory deficit in the person-centred approach really only relates to about a 20-year period from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s during which time the popularisation ...

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