Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy

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SAGE Publications, Jan 26, 2006 - Social Science - 482 pages
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Richard Nelson Jones' updated edition of his compendium of 16 approaches to counselling and therapy remains a clear, concise and informative aid to both counselling trainees, practitioners of counselling skills and those who wish to gain an overview of the principles and practices most common to the therapeutic world . [F]or anyone wanting to gain a clear idea, in a nutshell, of one or more of the main approaches, this book is invaluable' - "Therapy Today


"From a review of the "Third Edition"

"Richard Nelson-Jones' book has become so much a part of the counselling theory literature; it is hard to imagine discussing the topic without reference to it. This Third Edition gives testimony to its continued value. It is hard to fault this book, its readability and detailed referencing, alone, will mean that it will suit a wide readership. If you have to buy only one book on counselling and therapy, this is it' - "Professor Philip Burnard, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing


'An excellent summary of Rogers' life and work and of the latest developments in person-centred therapy'" - Professor Brian Thorne, Co-founder of The Norwich Centre, Norwich

"Clear, thorough and succinctly summarizes cognitive therapy's most important concepts and principals' - "Dr Judith Beck, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, Philadelphia

"The multimodal therapy chapter is a scholarly and masterful account of this orientation' -" Dr Arnold Lazarus, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University, New Jersey

"The reality chapter provides an excellent, accurate and updated treatment of this practical and useable method' - "Professor Robert Wubbolding, Director, Center for Reality Therapy, Cincinnati, Ohio

"Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Fourth Edition is a comprehensive introduction to the all of the major therapeutic approaches.

Written using a common structure for each approach, the book allows easy comparison between the different orientations. Each chapter provides:

oan introduction to the approach

obiographical information on its founder and other key figures

ocore theoretical concepts

othe approach in practice.

Key features include:

oreview questions designed to aid learning and revision

ocase material

oa glossary of key terms.

Written by bestselling author Richard Nelson-Jones, the Fourth Edition of this popular text features a new section on integration and eclecticism. Each chapter has been fully updated to include new developments in each approach.

As a comprehensive guide to the multiplicity of therapeutic approaches, Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy, Fourth Edition is the ideal companion to learning for students on introductory courses and those embarking on professional training."

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About the author (2006)

Richard Nelson-Jones was born in London in 1936. Having spent five years in California as a Second World War refugee, he returned in the 1960s to obtain a Masters and Ph.D from Stanford University. In 1970, he was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Aston to establish a Diploma in Counselling in Educational Settings, which started enrolling students in 1971. During the 1970s, he was helped by having three Fulbright Professors from the United States, each for a year, who both taught students and improved his skills. During this period he broadened out from a predominantly client-centred orientation to becoming much more cognitive-behavioural. He also wrote numerous articles and the first edition of what is now The Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy, which was published in 1982. In addition, he chaired the British Psychological Society's Working Party on Counselling and, in1982, became the first chairperson of the BPS Counselling Psychology Section.

In 1984, he took up a position as a counselling and later counselling psychology trainer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he became an Associate Professor. He continued writing research articles, articles on professional issues and books, which were published in London and Sydney. As when he worked at Aston University, he also counselled clients to keep up his skills. In 1997, he retired from RMIT and moved to Chiang Mai in Thailand. There, as well as doing some counselling and teaching, he has continued as an author of counselling and counselling psychology textbooks. A British and Australian citizen, he now divides his time between Chiang Mai and London and regularly visits Australia.

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