Are you thinking of embarking on professional counselling training and in need of a clear overview of the therapy profession? Well look no further! This down-to-earth guide will provide you with the ideal `way-in' by explaining what it really means to become a professional counsellor - what is involved in training and real-life practice.
Sally Aldridge, Director of Registers at BACP, will take you step-by-step though what `counselling' actually is; introducing its basic concepts, historical development, research base and structure of the profession. Demonstrating the far-reaching influence of counselling, the book will show you how its concepts have been applied beyond the consulting room and examine the recent place of counselling in the NHS and wider mental health care.
Dr Sally Aldridge has been actively involved in counselling since qualifying as a counsellor at the University of Keele. Like many counsellors, this was a second career; the first was a teacher of African History in Zambia. Sally worked as a student counsellor, supervisor and trainer before joining BACP as a full time member of staff responsible for the accreditation schemes in 1999. Sally had previously been involved with BACP as a volunteer in the accreditation schemes and an elected member of the Management Committee. She is a Fellow of BACP. Sally sees her own career developing in parallel with the development of BACP and counselling in the United Kingdom. This led her to a doctorate in the development of counselling in 2011 titled Counselling - an insecure profession? A historical and sociological analysis. Previous publications include, Counselling Skills in Context (Hodder & Stoughton, 2001) and The Peoples of Zambia (Heinemann Educational Books, 1978). Sally has been a member of many national projects related to counselling and psychotherapy: the development of National Occupational Standards for the Psychological Therapies, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Workforce and Education and Training Groups, New Ways of Working for Psychological Therapists, the Health Professions Council's Professional Liaison Group for the statutory regulation of psychotherapy and counselling and the Quality Assurance Agency Benchmark Development Group for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is currently a member of the Steering Group for the expansion of psychological therapy in Northern Ireland. In order to stay calm Sally runs and in 2012 became a "Compleat Runner" in her local league by completing all 22 races in 10 months.
What is Counselling? Counselling Skills and Their Application in Wider Settings Training in Counselling Theoretical Approaches to Counselling Personal Development and Surviving as a Counsellor Ethics in Counselling Understanding Research in Counselling The Structure of the Profession and Careers in Counselling