This pocket guide to modality approaches in counseling & psychotherapy is a one-stop-shop for trainees on introductory counseling courses. It describes 12 models of therapy, as well as introducing the origins of counseling and providing guidance and tips on practical issues like time-keeping, supervision, endings and boundaries. Each short approach-specific chapter has a consistent structure which allows easy comparison and cross-referencing between the modalities.

The chapters cover: Origins & background; Big names & big ideas; How the approach works & who it's for; Critical considerations; Identifying features; Reflection & summary; Learning ideas & suggested reading

This book is essential reading when choosing a professional counseling training in which to specialize, or if you just want an overview of other counseling modalities outside of your own.

Developmental Counselling
Developmental counselling
Origins and Background

Gerard Egan, an American psychologist (1950s onwards), was interested in educating clients about self-development via counselling so they could understand themselves more and produce improved ways to manage their lives. While he saw people as active, adaptable and capable of development, he also said we have a ‘bottomless pit’ of self-inhibiting, negative processes he later referred to as our shadow side. Egan's view of people was that we behave according to how we perceive a given situation (e.g., if you feel worried and think counselling practice will be difficult, it probably will be!). His early focus included the skills needed for family life, initial parenting, lifestyle management, career development and interpersonal relationships.

He introduced his Developmental Approach, which derives from Rogerian ...

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