`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



Supervision is an important part of the professional life of any therapist and Stoltenberg and Delworth (1987) regard it as having developmental stages. Page and Wosket (1994: 5–6) regard the trainee counsellor as moving through a series of clearly defined developmental stages which are defined in terms of the counsellor's ‘growing competence and awareness’. The stages in Box 5.1 I have adapted from those recognised by Page and Wosket (1994: 7; after Stoltenberg and Delworth).

Box 5.1 Developmental stages in counsellor supervision

  • A beginner’ stage in which the practitioner or trainee is anxious and dependent on the supervisor. There is little awareness of self and self in relation to others and the expressed need is for specific interventions and ‘answers’. A primary concern is with ‘doing ...
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