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Just What You Need!
on 9 March 2014
Indeed it is "just what you need", in my opinion, if you are serious about your interest in counselling. I am currently approaching the "business" end of my Level 3 counselling course (CPCAB) and I refer to this book constantly. So it's not just for introductory courses but will take you well beyond. I have now purchased Pete Sanders "Next Steps" book but I know that I will still use this book alongside. The style and layout of the subject lends itself very well to "dipping" in and out as well as reading it chapter by chapter, although I would not recommend that personally.
I have come back to studying late in life (I'm 47 this year) and my experience and opinion of text books was based on those provided when I was at secondary school in the late 1970's and early 80's. Some of those musty tomes we were still using were first written in the 1950's and 60's and the text was very dry, often boring and presented the facts in a way guaranteed to put you off the subject within a few pages. Not so with the Pete Sanders style. His approach is a far cry from that.
Yes the facts are there, the origins of counselling theory, the skills needed and counselling relationships etc. but he peppers his text with examples, anecdotes and a good deal of humour which make it a much more enjoyable way to absorb the information. There are suggested activities to get you thinking about your own thoughts and feelings and helpful diagrams and text boxes on many pages to give extra guidance.
Another refreshing change for me is the excellent use of page margins to quote references of sources of extra help. There's nothing I hate more than numbered references at the end of sentences which you then have to look up at the end of a chapter of even right at the end of the book. I always feel compelled to do it and it almost invariably breaks my concentration on what I have just read.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you have any interest in counselling, whether that be for serious study or as an introduction to the world of helping work and the needs that drive people to seek help in the first place.
I know this book will be a constant "friend" during my continuing studies and an "old mate" when I qualify!