Balancing Acts: Studies in Counselling Training

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Hazel Johns
Taylor & Francis US, 1998 - Psychology - 224 pages
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This book examines the philosophy and constructs of counselling training and the means by which students and trainers manage the complex demands placed upon them during the training process. The three main sections of the book explore key aspects of being trainers: the pressures and stresses involved, issues of gender and power, the complexities of co-training elements of training: academic and voluntary settings, negotiated and reflective learning, assessment, issues arising from the functions of groups experiences of being trainees: first hand accounts from practitioners of the challenges they faced in their training. The counsellors, trainers and supervisors who share their research and experience as reflective practitioners provide a clear analysis of the balancing acts involved in any adult learning.
 

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Contents

On the tightrope
3
PARTI
15
Issues of power for women counselling trainers
29
The cotraining relationship
48
PART II
65
Groups in counselling training
96
Volunteers professionalisation and training
110
Training volunteers in a noncounselling setting
130
Training by telephone
146
PART III
161
A trainees experience of trauma
178
Healing thewounded healer
195
Rainbows and shadows
217
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About the author (1998)

Hazel Johns has been engaged in counselling, training and supervision for over thirty-five years. After experience in schools, first as a teacher of English, then as a school counsellor, she developed and taught courses at the then North East London Polytechnic, was an HMI and L.E.A. Adviser promoting counselling and counselling education, and designed and led the counselling training programme at Bristol University. She presented and co-wrote 'Principles of Counselling', (1978 and 1982), sixteen programmes for BBC Radio 4; wrote 'Personal Development in Counselling Training' (Cassell, 1996, then Sage); and edited 'Balancing Acts: Studies in Counselling Training' (Routledge, 1998). Since taking early retirement, she has lived and worked as a counsellor and supervisor in Pembrokeshire. She is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and a Fellow of BACP.

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