`A helpful guide for newly qualified counsellors. It gives some comprehensive ideas and tips for further development... a useful book' - Self & Society `Conveys valuable information... Paul Wilkins writes well... With the current emphasis by accrediting counselling organizations on the importance of ongoing personal and professional development, this book would be a salutary place to start on such a journey' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling The personal and professional development of therapists is essential to continued good practice. This book explores just what is meant by `personal and professional development' and why it is so important f

What is Personal and Professional Development?

What is personal and professional development?

The commitment to personal and professional development is widespread in the world of counselling and psychotherapy. It is common to hear therapists of all kinds saying something like: ‘You can only take a client as far as you have gone yourself.’ Implicit in this statement is the belief that the development of the client is in some way limited by the development of the counsellor. Aveline puts it thus: ‘What therapists can bear to hear in themselves, they can hear in their patients. What therapists can find in themselves, they can recognise in others’ (Aveline, 1990: 333).

What isn't clear from such statements is to what reference is being made. Perhaps in the mind of ...

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