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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: PCCS Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898059519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898059516
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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I've seen First Steps…and I think it's excellent. I've put it on all my students' reading lists. Congratulations. -- Peter Mickleborough, Counselling Tutor

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Now in its eleventh year and third edition, 9000 students a year choose First Steps in Counselling as an introductory text to helping skills.

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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful By "chickapee" on 20 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is very good for beginners who maybe starting a course in couselling. It teaches basic concepts and skills using a down to earth common sense approach. I found this book very useful prior to commencing my diploma course in professional counselling. Even if you are not planning on taking a course it is also helpful in developing listening skills.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. W. Allen on 21 May 2006
Format: Paperback
I read this book by the late Pete Sanders while on an introductory counselling course. It is comprehensive and very easy to understand. It covers the basics of what you need to consider for an introduction to counselling. I particularly like the way the text explicitly poses questions and encourages readers to explore all the issues for themselves.

Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Melo-d on 4 May 2008
Format: Paperback
I have just started an introductory course in counselling and bought this book to underpin the course content. Well I think the author is amazing and the values that he presents in the book are the kind that I aspire to . The book can be read and should be read by anyone particularly those on counselling courses. If anyone reads this book and doesn't connect with it with regard to counselling I would question if they really have what it takes to pursue a counselling role. We are after all living in a multicultural world. This book is modern with a modern outlook, if only the author was still counselling and teaching!!!!! he has singlehandedly made me want to pursue counselling training further and get involved particularly if you get to meet people with the kind of values that he talks about. An Excellent forward thinking book with right on views. This is just the sort of thing we ought to be embracing in 2008. Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!10 stars
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Freebird on 30 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
I found this very useful as a starting point. Easy to locate information and good brief summaries on the different models used. Also written in a style very easy to follow - not at all patronising. It gives good clear explanations too.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 2005
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Fantastic in depth book, but written so basically that anyone can understand the first steps of counselling. I have been using it in conjunction with a college course and have found it highly useful. Like the many references to songs and quotations. Pete Sanders obviously a good sound round guy who understands the need of counselling and straight talking plain English.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Hunter on 14 Jun. 2009
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As I am starting college soon on a Counselling course I wanted a book to start me off with some studying and this was the one, a good choice..
Ordering was easy and delivery well within the specified dates.First Steps in Counselling: A Students' Companion for Basic Introductory Courses
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly T. O'shea on 26 Feb. 2009
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This is an excellent book for those who are on an introductory course in Counselling. It provides you with the basic you need, and shows you how to take your career forward.
My boks was delivered very fast, as always! And is EXCELLENT value for money
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By B. Skilling on 14 Sept. 2004
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I must congratulate the author of this book,
I've been a Police Officer for 13 years now,why couldn't I have this bloke as my sole buddy...hope my new change of career reflects his ambition to describe such a vast and complex world in which we live and how we should confront it...brill
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