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Reflective Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Reflective Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy

May 2010 | 192 pages | Learning Matters
A good understanding of reflective practice is essential for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy, and is a criterion for accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. This book takes students on a step-by-step journey through the history of reflective practice, from its origins with Donald Schon through to ideas of knowledge and power and how the counsellor or psychotherapist deals with issues surrounding the 'self'. A central theme of the book is the concept of self-reflection and what motivates a therapist to do an often difficult and sometimes emotionally complex job.

What is reflective practice?
Personal values and assumptions: the 'wounded healer'
Culturally tinted lenses
Understanding people: theory and practice
Developments within reflective practice
Evaluating our practice
The vulnerable researcher: harnessing reflexivity for practice-based qualitative inquiry
Working towards transformative learning

"Manages to convey very complex current thinking in an accessible way for students and it is supported by impressively wide range of up-to-date literature." (Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University)

Reflection and self-awareness are key areas in counselling psychology. The book covers aspects such as what reflection is and links this well to clinical practice. Students particularly enjoy the case studies that link the theory to practice and the clear writing style that the author adopts.

Dr Helen Nicholas
Psychology Department, Worcester University
October 19, 2015

A great introduction and overview for students that are working/planning to work with people. Even though the book is written for students in counseling I would suggest it to students that are required to keep reflective diary and use praxis model

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
February 5, 2015

Excellent resource - supplemental to those students progressing with their studies

Mrs Penny Yates
Island Training, Isle of Wight College
February 1, 2014

Useful resource when working with counselling skills certificate students. The 'wounded healer' chapter raises pertinent questions around our motivations for 'helping' and the importance of developing self-awareness. The chapter exploring the idea of 'culturally tinted lenses' was helpful when supporting students in exploring issues of difference and diversity. Although not recommended reading for certificate students, this book would appeal to those wanting to reflect at a deeper level and is also useful background reading for tutors.

Ms Helene Baker
counse, City Lit
February 21, 2013

An excellent book with in depth workings on how refelctive helps

Mr Chris Briggs
Teac, South Essex College
November 28, 2012

I found this an incredibly useful book for exploring the many facets of reflective practice. It is presented in an accessible manner and will be a useful book for students I work with to use as a resource throughout their training.

Ms Stephanie Revell
Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
November 13, 2012

This book is clearly set out and provides creative methods of enhancing reflective practice.

Miss Lyndise Tarbuck
Centre for Health and Care, Colchester Institute
November 13, 2012

i used this book in a developing professional poractice and found it useful as a teaching aid as well as a recommended read to my students

Mrs Deborah Regan
Counselling, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 9, 2012

A useful resource for students who are considering pursuing counselling and counselling psychology.

Dr Victoria Galbraith
Psychology and Health Sciences Department, Worcester University
December 22, 2011