Carl Rogers' Helping System: Journey & Substance

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SAGE, Nov 20, 1998 - Psychology - 432 pages
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`This book is a monumental achievement, and person-centred practitioners will be indebted to Goff Barrett-Lennard for many years to come. He has written no only a definitive study of the history of person-centred approach - what he calls a report of the "evolutionary course of a human science" - but also an accompanying commentary which is unfailingly enlightening, sometimes provocative and occasional lyrical' - Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia and Co-Founder, Norwich Centre

`I highly recommend this book as a reference source of major import, as bibliography, as history as art, and as a complex discussion of questions that plague the person-centred practitioner and the client-centred therapist' - The Person-Centered Journal

`If you only ever buy one book about the Person-Centred Approach, other than those written by Rogers himself, this is the one. It is a staggering achievement by one of the most knowledgeable writers in the field' - PCP Reviews

`This book is a gem, and should have wide appeal. It is an excellent introduction to person-centred psychology, written in accessible style, and it takes the reader beyond the simplicity often confused with naivety Goff Barrett-Lennard reveals a sophisticated complexity that challenges us to view the "person" with fresh eyes and an open mind' - Tony Merry, University of East London

`I strongly recommend this book as a sophisticated treatment of the client-or person-centred approach to therapy and its applications to areas outside therapy. It is also a useful overview of research on all aspects of person-centred ideas' - Psychotherapy Research

`This book... is not a single "meal" in itself but a positive "larder" containing every imaginable staple food and condiment all exquisitely and thoroughly researched. The book took Godfrey T Barrett-Lennard 20 years to write and it will stand as a reference text for person-centred specialists for longer than that... an essential reference text... and a pantry full of delicious surprises' - Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

`Probably the most important piece of work on the person-centred approach to have emerged in recent years... an essential source of reference for anyone with a serious interest in the person-centred approach' - Counselling News

Written by an ex-student and long-time colleague of Carl Rogers, this in-depth and challenging book charts the development of person-centred therapy from its origins through to the present day.

Godfrey T Barrett-Lennard traces the central concepts and key figures within the movement, set against the contemporary historical, social and political context. As an integrated overview of the person-centred approach, Carl Rogers' Helping System presents a wealth of fascinating ideas and information which is linked to a fresh, incisive account of the unfolding theory, process and research.

 

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Contents

Chapter 10 Wellness Education and Parenting
177
WellFunctioning Persons and Relationships
178
Principles and Process
183
Child Family and PersonCentred Parenting
192
Concluding Note
198
Chapter 11 Leadership Large Groups Community Conflict Resolution
199
LargeGroup Learning and the Search for Community
203
Toward a Theory of Community
212

Roosevelts WayRogers Advance
34
Tracing the RooseveltRogers Connection
39
Vision and Processprocess special needs and the new therapy
46
Part II The New Vision Unfolding
56
Ten Landmark Features
59
Theoretical Foundations of the ClientCentred System
71
The Human Organism
74
The Self
76
Dimensions of Therapy and Personal Facilitation
78
Experiencing and the Personal Process Continuum
82
Gendlins Theory of Change
85
Part III Principles in Practice
88
Sharing Initiative and Responsibility in the Interview
90
Experiential Responding and Immediacy
91
Active Listening and Empathy
93
Empathic Inference Intuition and Imagery
96
Warmth and Caring Without Conditions
99
Congruence Openness Transparency
101
Conclusion
102
Chapter 7 The Course of Therapy
104
The Phases of Therapy
106
Concluding Implications
121
Chapter 8 The Helping Process with Children and Families
123
Filial Therapy
130
Marital Counselling and Couple Therapy
132
Family Relationship Therapy
137
Current Trends and Overview
142
Chapter 9 Group Encounter and Therapy
145
Nature and Process
153
Facilitation in Absentia
169
Directions in Conclusion
175
Conflict Resolution and Peace Processes
218
Other Applications
227
Part IV Research
232
The Course of Research on ClientCentred Therapy
233
Discerning the Pattern of the Discourse of Therapy
234
Effects of Adult Therapy
240
Research in Group and Child Therapy
252
A Debate
258
Chapter 13 Conditions and Process in Personal Change
261
The Pioneering Work
270
Research on Individual Therapy After the School Phase
274
In Conclusion Other Strands and Visions of Research
289
Chapter 14 Investigation Beyond OnetoOne Therapy
292
Studies of CoupleFamily Process and Therapy
307
Investigating Relationships Interpersonal to Large System
313
Conclusion
322
Part V Levels of Becoming
324
Concept Aims Process
325
Levels of Supervisor Contribution
333
Developing Sensitivity to Engagement Systems
338
Evolution and Span
342
Conclusion
351
Chapter 16 Openings in a Dynamic Continuity
353
A Path of Connection in Thematic View
354
Growing Our Theory
360
Our Clients Our Field and Moving Forward
369
References
374
Subject Index
400
Name Index
411
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About the author (1998)

After a full-time career in universities, Godfrey Barrett-Lennard has, since the mid-1980s, been a consultant clinical psychologist in private practice and Visiting Fellow in Psychology at Murdoch University in Western Australia.

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