Person-Centred Counselling Psychology is an introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of the person-centred approach. Focusing on the psychological underpinnings of the approach, Ewan Gillon describes the theory of personality on which it is based and the nature of the therapeutic which is characterised by:

unconditional positive regard; empathy; congruence.

The book is an applied, accessible text, providing a dialogue between the psychological basis of person-centred therapy and its application within real world. It shows how the person-centred approach relates to others within counselling psychology and to contemporary practices in mental health generally. It also gives guidance to readers on how to research, train and work as a person-centred practitioner.

As well as psychology students, it will be of interest to those from other disciplines, counselling trainees, those within the caring professions, and person-centred therapists from a non-psychological background.

Ewan Gillon is Lecturer in Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University in the U.K.

Basic Attending Skills

Basic attending skills

The term ‘basic attending skills’ was advanced by Ivey (1971) to describe a number of non-verbal and verbal behaviours that enhance effective listening and communication. In his microcoun-selling approach to training, Ivey felt that it is easier for counsellors to learn their complex task if their activities are broken into components and worked on one at a time. These skills are ways of keeping close to clients’ experience and to let them know that we are interested in them more than in ourselves. Correspondingly, they relate meaningfully to the measurement of the Rogerian core conditions in terms of how that operationalization was worked out by Charles Truax (a student of Rogers) and his associate, Robert Carkhuff, in their model of ...

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