The Contact Work Primer brings the work of Garry Prouty and his associates to a general readership. Covering both Pre-Therapy and contact work, this book is the first English-language publication to introduce the full range of applications, including individual counselling/psychotherapy, institutional psychiatric settings, work with special needs and learning disabilities, and dementia care. For everyone, qualified and unqualified, who wants to be more effective in their work with contact-impaired clients. The most accessible introduction to this most important development in helping.
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.