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Reflective Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy

by Sofie Bager-Charleson Learning Matters
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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)
Sofie is a UKCP and BACP accredited psychotherapist and holds a PhD from Lund University, Sweden, where she specialised in parental involvements and reflective practice of teachers within education. She trained as a therapist within Relate and at Roehampton University where she conducted research in reflective practice in counselling an psychotherapy. She has worked within adult education, as a course trainer for Workers Educational Association and as a radio producer for the National Swedish Radio and Television, SVT. She currently works as an Academic Supervisor at the Metanoia Institute on their joint doctorate programme with the Middlesex University.