This is an impressive, intense book. It says a lot to those for whom UPR truly matters. Can I give UPR to all my clients -- what about my and society’s values? Is it an attitude in the counsellor; or is it an aspect of the relationship process that exists (or doesn’t) in each moment of relating with the client? How does UPR relate to feelings such as love, warmth, respect and acceptance? Is UPR ‘the’ factor in counselling/ psychotherapy that facilitates client change or only a factor? How does UPR combine with empathy? This book thoroughly addresses all of these questions, and because it is a compilation of articles the reader will find more than one answer to each of them. The majority of the writers are American, but there are also British, Canadian, Brazilian and Japanese contributors and I found the book international in outlook. In contrast to some wholly American books, I did not feel loaded down with jargon, and I found only now and again too many long words to easily understand the author’s meaning. Personally, I found Chapter 5, by Wilkins, the most thoroughly engaging intellectually; and Chapter 11, by Hendricks the most radical, stimulating, imaginative, creative, and wise. I also found Chapter 12 by Freire, the Brazilian, particularly helpful. I consider this book essential reading for teachers of person-centred counselling; and valuable for all counsellors and counselling students who wrestle with holding some clients in UPR, or who don’t but wonder why they don’t. It is of course primarily for practitioners of the person-centred way, but it is also for those of any persuasion who believe passionately in the worth of UPR.
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