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Reflective Practice and Personal Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Reflective Practice and Personal Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Second Edition

October 2020 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Reflective practice is a vital part of your counselling and psychotherapy training and practice. This book is your go-to introduction to what it is, why it is important, and how to use different models for reflection and reflective practice to enhance your work with clients. It will support your personal development and professional development throughout your counselling training and into your practice.

Reflective practice: An overview
Personal development
Your support and development
Reflecting on relationships
Reflecting on practice with research
Emancipatory knowing
Developments within reflective practice by Biljana van Rijn
Evaluating our practice by Biljana van Rijn
The vulnerable researcher: Harnessing reflexivity for practice-based qualitative inquiry by Simon du Plock
How creative writing aids our professional transition by Jeannie Wright

This book seems to be cover a gap in the marked on reflection for psychotherapy. It does not only cover the theory of reflection but offers a number of relevant reflective excercises which an easily be used with students.

Dr Alex Kyriakopoulos
Department of Psychology, Teesside University
September 27, 2020

Core text for professional level counselling training.

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology, Sport, and Exercise, Staffordshire University
December 1, 2020

This book highlights the importance of deep reflection for effective and ethical clinical practice.
The author highlights the importance of personal history and unconscious processes and urges us to reflect on how these may affect the work we do with clients.
Through the personal experience of the several contributors, the book promotes the exploration into the different aspects of personal and professional development and encourages therapists to consider continuing formal training to further develop both personally and professionally.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
October 22, 2020
Key features

New to this edition:

  • New focus on Personal Development, with two new chapters: ‘Personal development’ and ‘Your Support and Development’
  • Refined content to meet the needs of level 2-4 students better
  • Focus on using research to reflect on recent developments in the field
  • New contributions from Jeannie Wright, Simon du Plock, and Biljana van Rijn