Becoming a Counsellor: A Student Companion

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SAGE, Mar 18, 2011 - Social Science - 248 pages
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Becoming a Counsellor is a one-stop reference book for all new counselling trainees. Whether starting out on an introductory course or tackling a postgraduate diploma, this book will make the journey to professional qualification that little bit easier. It addresses the complexities and challenges of counselling training by confronting and unpicking the many potentially daunting issues and questions faced by students throughout their training. The book covers a comprehensive range of topics, including

- choosing a course and theoretical orientation

- clarifying roles - who's who on the course?

- explaining common pedagogical activities and expectations, including the personal development journal

- assessment, supervision and support

- ethical and legal issues.

While earlier chapters introduce methods of learning and developing for those new to the field, later sections addressing research, supervision and placements will be of interest to students who are studying at a higher level.

This engaging, straightforward introduction to counselling will be an essential companion for students new to counselling throughout their training, whether on basic introductory or postgraduate diploma courses.

 

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Contents

1 An Introduction to Counselling Training
1
2 Starting Out
12
3 Theoretical Orientation
24
4 Who Needs Counselling?
44
5 Counselling Contexts
53
6 Whos Who on the Course
63
7 Personal Development
72
8 Personal Journal
84
13 Relational Issues
151
14 Supervision and Support
161
15 The Residential Experience
172
16 Research
177
17 Placement
191
18 Certification Registration and Accreditation
201
19 Professional Considerations
211
20 The End of the Course
219

9 Cocounselling
98
10 Working on Counselling Skills
109
11 Academic Assignments
126
12 Ethical and Legal Issues
140

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About the author (2011)

Since completing her training as a mental health nurse in 1987, Kirsten has spent over 20 years working as a counsellor, lecturer in counselling and supervisor within the NHS, education, private practice and voluntary sectors. In addition to this, she works as an SQA Appointee in the role of External Verifier for counselling qualifications. Kirsten’s published work includes Challenges in Counselling: Counselling Students, (2013, Hodder) and Becoming a Counsellor: A Student Companion, (2011, Sage). Her areas of interest include counselling students, counselling training and working with addiction. 

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