This book is for students on basic introduction to counselling courses from around 20 to 100 hours duration. In his highly acclaimed accessible style, Sanders covers all relevant areas of training at this level - theory, personal development and building helping skills. Intended as a support for tutors and a companion for course participants, the text emphasises personal development and good practice, and can be used with confidence as a focus for training or a supplement to it. It is one of the most popular books on counselling in the UK, with many thousands of students choosing it each year.
Pete Sanders worked for over 30 years as a counsellor, founded BACP Accredited counsellor training courses in Wigan and Manchester, and supervised counsellors for many years. He co-founded PCCS Books and has written, co-written and edited a number of books, chapters and papers on many aspects of counselling, psychotherapy and mental health. Pete has a keen interest in the politics of therapy and co-edited 'Politicizing the Person-Centred approach: an agenda for social change' in 2006.
He is a member of the Pre-Therapy International Network and and edited 'The Contact Work Primer: An introduction to Pre-Therapy and the work of Garry Prouty' in 2007.
Pete worked as a nursing assistant in mental hospitals in late 1960s and early 70s before and during his psychology degree. His life and career as a counsellor, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor have been influenced more by those early work experiences than by any subsequent qualification. He is currently interested in the de-medicalisation of distress, the political implications of psychotherapy and radical applications of person-centred therapy. He is a trustee of the Soteria Network UK.