This book provides a key introduction to the theory, concepts and practice of the person-centred approach, through the lens of the practitioner's experience and personal development.

Writing as someone who has been through real life challenges and has developed and learned as a result, the author's strikingly personal style not only helps to contextualise complex and nuanced theory, but makes this a truly unique book about real person-centred practice and experience. From Roger's early philosophy through to the current developments and controversies in the field, the author uses personal testimonies, exercises and reflection points to make challenging concepts and practice issues accessible for the novice reader. What results is an informative and fascinating read for all those training and interested in the person-centred approach.

The Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Psychological Change and the Importance of the Unified Extension of the Core Conditions

The necessary and sufficient conditions for psychological change and the importance of the unified extension of the core conditions

In 1957 Rogers presented a paper entitled ‘The necessary and sufficient conditions of therapeutic personality change’. In this paper Rogers firstly defined the terms ‘psychotherapeutic change’ and ‘constructive personality change’ as:

change in the personality structure of the individual, at both surface and deeper levels, in a direction which clinicians would agree means greater integration, less internal conflict, more energy utilizable for effective living; change in behaviour away from behaviours generally regarded as immature and toward behaviours regarded as mature. (1957)

Rogers proceeded to radically propose that there were six ...

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