`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

Resourcing Your Self

Resourcing your self

One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that of taking care of myself: that includes physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have recognised an increasing need for time for myself: aerobics, reading for pleasure, meals with friends, etc. all of which I need to plan for in order to make them happen. (Liz Nicholls, counsellor, North West Centre for Eating Disorders, personal communication, 1995)

Personal and professional development is not solely about pushing back limitations, nor is it about meeting the requirements of the professional organisations: it is about preserving and maintaining what is good and it is about working in a way which is personally meaningful. Just as counsellors have an obligation to continually address their development, so they ...

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