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Personal and Professional Development for Counsellors

Personal and Professional Development for Counsellors

February 1997 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Personal and professional development are seen by most professional organizations as essential to continued good practice in therapy. This book explores just what is meant by personal and professional development and why it is so important for therapists to continually assess and fulfill their own needs both for their own well-being and in order to provide a better service for their clients. Author Paul Wilkins describes how therapists can identify and address gaps in their training; assesses the range, value and availability of short and advanced training courses; and encourages therapists to expand their skills into areas they might not previously have considered. The book shows how therapists can best prepare for the accreditation process, and stresses the importance of keeping up to date with major issues such as ethics and the law, as well as addressing their own attitudes to race, culture, gender, and age. Important chapters consider the value and effectiveness of personal therapy and highlight other ways in which therapists can look after, refresh, and maintain themselves in a state fit to practice. Wilkins stresses the importance of supervision and considers how therapists can contribute to the advancement of understanding counseling theory and practice. His emphasis throughout is that continuing development need not necessarily be expensive, and that therapists can make, monitor, and evaluate their own programs for self-development. Eminently practical and highly readable, this book will be an invaluable resource for newly qualifying and practicing therapists who are seeking a pathway through the maze of professional development and wishing to establish a program for their own self-development.

What Is Personal and Professional Development?
Further Training
with Alan Frankland
Professional Recognition
Accreditation and Re-Accreditation

Personal Therapy
Contributing to the Furtherance of Knowledge
Resourcing Your Self
Determining a Personal Programme for Professional and Personal Development

`Conveys valuable information... Paul Wilkins writes well... With the current emphasis by accrediting counselling organizations on the importance of ongoing personal and professional development, this book would be a salutary place to start on such a journey... The book explores what is meant by "fit to practise" and highlights the need to provide a better service to those who seek the skills of a counsellor. With the increasing emphasis on the need for better praxis in the field, it is vital that counsellors practise what they preach. If they fail to pay attention to their own ongoing well-being, they should not be surprised if the therapy they offer to others is seen to be marred by the shadow of hypocrisy' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`A helpful guide for newly qualified counsellors. It gives some comprehensive ideas and tips for further development... a useful book' - Self & Society

`Thought-provoking and enhanced by questions scattered throughout the text, this book covers areas of training, accreditation, personal therapy, supervision, contribution to knowledge, creative writing, personal journal work, portfolios, dreamwork, self-resourcing and development on a budget. Well-paced and presented in a clear, practical and authoritative way, this book offers information and guidance... Each chapter is well structured... Highlighted boxes contain valuable information... Quotations add to the richness of the text... this book has helped me to question my developmental needs and I certainly intend following up some of its ideas and suggestions' - Counselling News

A useful text to support students in understanding the importance of personal and professional development

Ms Deborah Gallagher
Kirklees College, Kirklees College
April 11, 2016

Wilkins explains the reasoning behind Personal and Professional Development for trainees and qualified counsellors alike. In my experience this is a common question throughout the training.

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
March 11, 2014

Although the book is well written and structure it lack practical guidelines on how to implement much of the theory. It is a useful book it terms of perhaps mental health and wellbeing, but fell short for the purposes of ‘Personal Development Plans’ (PDP) now being rolled out across the UK in Higher Educational Institutions and other tertiary education.

Mr Gary McKenna
School of Computing, University of the West of Scotland
September 10, 2010

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