`This clear and systematic book is intended to offer practical guidelines on planning, implementing and evaluating counsellor training programmes... a very focused and unusually practical reflection by two experienced trainers on the general tasks facing those who train counsellors... affords many useful pointers - Clinical Psychology Forum
`The authors expertise shows... there is much here to stimulate reflection and improve practice - International Review of PsychiatryAssessing how counselling training may be analyzed, systematized, reconsidered and improved, this book raises the central issues which face those with an interest in the design or improvement of training courses and puts forward ideas about how such courses can be better organized, how training methods can be made more effective and how counselling skills can be more appropriately taught.
The book also covers areas such as trainers self-care, working relationships, interpersonal dynamics and trainees supervised work with clients. It does not disguise the problems involved in starting or running a training course, but provides encouraging advice, supported by case studies and examples, to show how these difficulties can be successfully overcome.
Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in theCognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He is best known for his work in Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT), a leading CBT approach. He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT.
He has published over 200 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel.
He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.
`This book is intended to offer practical guidelines for certain aspects of counselling. As such it achieves its aim, covering the development of counselling training in a series of short and readable chapters, organized coherently under sections... the content of the book is extremely useful and thought-provoking... Dryden and Feltham ask and address a series of pertinent questions of trainers and prospective trainers about course rationale and resources. The authors place counsellor training in context (academic, health, religious and commercial) and are sensitive throughout to the different implications for training of these settings. They emphasize clarity and honesty of information, fairness in assessment, the congruence of the learning environment and administrative systems and, generally, an ethical and professional approach to the provision of counselling training. The sections on improvements in training methods and skills training are useful in thinking about adult learning... a good and challenging read, taking trainers and trainees alike through key issues in the development of counsellor training in a stimulating and progressive way. A must for trainers, trainees, administrators and purchasers of counselling training' - Counselling, The Journal of The British Association for Counselling
`The authors have long experience in training and evaluation. Their expertise shows... there is much here to stimulate reflection and improve practice' - International Review of Psychiatry
`Contains welcome suggestions on such matters as trainees' responsibility for their own learning... There are valuable insights into the meaning and limitations of empathy and on "taking care of yourself"... this volume is successful as a practical guide' - The Samaritan
`The authors focus attention on many of the important issues that concern counselling trainers today. The material is clearly presented and easy to follow. Recommended' - International Journal of Social Psychiatry
`This clear and systematic book is intended to offer practical guidelines on planning, implementing and evaluating counsellor training programmes... a very focused and unusually practical reflection by two experienced trainers on the general tasks facing those who train counsellors... affords many useful pointers' - Clinical Psychology Forum
`This book is both informative and well-written... I especially liked the chapters on the Delivery of Theory & Trainees' Personal Development Work and I found the suggested ideas very creative... I recommend this book to trainers wishing to improve the quality of their training courses and to trainees as a guideline to the standards that they have a right to request and challenge' - Journal of the Irish Association for Counselling and Therapy