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The Tribes of the Person-centred Nation: A Guide to the Schools of Therapy Associated with the Person-centred Approach Paperback – 29 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: PCCS Books; Reprint edition (29 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898059608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898059608
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 24.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,248 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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. . . what makes the book so useful [is that] it is a real academic reference book covering a huge amount of ground in such an easily accessible format. I can see myself reaching for this book regularly when I want to look up key information and I expect there to be many well-thumbed copies of this book in person-centred course libraries. An essential text for diploma, degree and masters courses. --Lee Field, PCAI (GB)

When I was a young graduate student Carl Rogers taught me how to read a book in twenty minutes. However it did not work with this book. The content proved so interesting that I found myself continually dropping into close-reading and much of a weekend was lost to other purposes.This book brings together six experts . . . within the person-centred approach and has them present a particularly up-to-date picture . . . The book gives a thorough grounding for today's student in this whole field, particularly as it applies within the British scene . . . [Chapter 1] is compulsive reading for all students of the PCA because it gives what I believe is the most accessible account of the history of the development of the approach . . . I found myself enjoying this chapter tremendously . . . I am intensely jealous of the editor because he has come up with what I think is an extremely imaginative way to present this book and the ideas therein . . . this style of presentation will be absolutely invaluable for students doing essays (tutors had better catch up with this text to stay ahead!). --Professor Dave Mearns, University of Strathclyde (retired)

About the Author

Pete Sanders completed his full-time diploma in counselling at the University of Aston in 1974. He worked as a counsellor, trainer and supervisor in further education and private practice for over 25 years. Pete was the lead tutor in three BACP recognised training courses and was instrumental in the Trainer Accreditation Scheme. He has written, edited and/or contributed to over a dozen books on counselling and psychotherapy, specialising in person-centred therapy. Tony Merry was Reader in Psychology at the University of East London and taught on postgraduate and undergraduate courses in counselling and counselling psychology until his untimely death in 2004. He was author of several books and articles on counselling, including Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling. He co-founded the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach (BAPCA) in 1989 and was editor of the BAPCA journal Person-Centred Practice. He contributed to workshops and other person-centred events in nine European countries, including several with Carl Rogers in England, Ireland and Hungary in the 1980s. Campbell Purton is the Director of the postgraduate Diploma Course in Focusing and Experiential psychotherapy at the University of East Anglia, where he also works as a student counsellor. He has been a lecturer in philosophy at Universities in Britain and Canada, a therapist in private practice and Director of the UEA Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. He is a Certifying Co-ordinator for the Focusing Institute, and has published many articles in the areas of counselling, focusing and Buddhist studies. His current interests are in the philosophical work of Eugene Gendlin, and its relationship to both Buddhist thought and the theory of psychotherapy. Nick Baker undertook his Diploma in Counselling at Wigan, and has subsequently worked as a counsellor, supervisor and counsellor educator for 20 years. He has worked as an educational counsellor for the Open University, and joined the staff at St Martin's College, Lancaster in 2000. When working for the OU he discovered that what was important to him was not the external aspect of the lives of his clients, but how they were experiencing everything that happened to them. The work of Eugene Genlin has been great influence on his work. He retired in the summer of 2007. Mick Cooper is Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde and a UKCP registered psychotherapist, whose practice is informed by person-centred, existential, interpersonal and postmodern ideas. Richard Worsley has worked for a number of years as a person-centred counsellor, supervisor and trainer. He is also an Anglican priest. He has a particular interests in process in therapy, in spirituality, in philosophy and therapy, and in therapeutic groups. Richard works at the University of Warwick as a staff and student counsellor. In experiencing high-volume work with people with a wide range of presenting distress, he is even more convinced that people are unique, and process their experience in unique and creative ways.

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The first national BAPCA conference held at Durham in September 2002 was titled 'Dialogues' and featured dialogues between 'classical' Client-Centred Therapy (CCT), Gendlin's 'Focusing', and existential therapies. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By crewcutandnewt on 2 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this primarily to help with an essay I had to write on PCC and to get an overview for the more recent developments stemming from Rogerian counselling.

It's clear, well written and nicely broken down into chapters. It was a pleasure to read (unlike many textbooks). The references are good and there are lots of useful pointers for further reading.

I wasn't disappointed. It contains an excellent overview of the development of person centred counselling. For me, however, the biggest plus was that it put this in context. As a student, I had heard a lot about Rogers. This book, however, allowed me to get an overview on how the person centred approach has developed since and some of the controversies within the approach (and which beg the question what is PCC?)

In particular, I found the final chapter on Integrative approaches useful and thought-provoking. I'm a first year student and (rather naively) I'd never seriously questioned how someone can practice a person-centred approach and also work psycho-dynamically. This book took me beyond a superficial disdain for a "pick and mix" approach to therapy, and made me think about how the underlying theoretical framework should determine not only practice, but how we are.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sherry on 25 May 2010
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This book is a great core book to Person Centred theory and how it has has developed post-Roger's into associated theories. It is an easily understood reference that is well thought out for students learning about counselling and personal development theories. I found it great to use as part of my studies, and often gave me a different (and sometimes easier) way to look at theories. I used it a great deal in my first two years studying counselling skills. I recommend it as a solid purchase that will be used and used again. It is great for students. Good buy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mander on 2 Sept. 2009
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Studying at the moment for person centred therapy, so this is very useful to dip into and compare info on lots of other therapies. A good toolkit item.
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