An Introduction to Counselling (4th ed) is a very (widely) accessible, user-friendly text inviting the reader to enter, explore at leisure and exit the subject area with much food for thought. The book, aimed at students on certificate and diploma level plus Counselling courses and practitioners alike, begins with a clear, up-to-date, and critical presentation of the origins and evolution of the main approaches and offers an overview of what modern counselling is and the many guises it takes in its application. It offers an introduction to the rationale behind various theoretical approaches and takes the reader on a brief journey into the historical timeline of diversification of counselling theory and practice.
Key examples on specific issues, theoretical research and excellence (or failure) in addressing clients needs in clinical practice are highlighted in boxes within each chapter enabling the reader to gain valuable insight and consider therapeutic processes affiliated with each approach presented in context, but more importantly within the framework of their own therapeutic practice. The text promotes and encourages critical reflection on one's own therapeutic practice and challenges the reader to aim towards higher ethical congruity between theory and practical application.
Each chapter ends with (incredibly useful) greyed out pages offering conclusions and excellent overviews, incorporating topics for reflection and discussion, complemented by comprehensive and detailed further reading lists. This section could perhaps have been greatly improved if full references were made available within the chapter reading list as opposed to searching for them within the main reference section.
The layout reduces eye strain and visual monotony by successfully breaking chapters by using various formatting styles including bullet points of important facts, for example. Effective and appropriate use of tables and boxes highlight important, informative and refreshing caveats; examples and vignettes that at times reinforce theory and practice and at times information that shocks the reader with examples of gross malpractice and ethical faux pas! A highly recommended text to students and practitioners alike who will reap great rewards from this latest edition by Professor McLeod. B. Raithatha, Counselling Psychologist & Lecturer
when i was about to start my counselling course, i wanted some books to gather some background information. I didnt know which books to buy as there were so many so I searched for books with introductory or beginner in the title. I have only flicked through this book at the moment (hence only 4 stars)but it seems very easy to read and has been categorized well. It also came up as a book for further reading given to us by our course tutor so this book must be definate on any beginner counsellors list.
I chose this book as it was recommended to me by current counselling tutor. Although I have not read all of this book yet, the material I have read is very informative, explained well and extremely suited to the course I am currently taking. I am in no doubt that this read will see me through to the next level(s) of my counselling qualification and will be a great reference guide thereafter.
John McLeod has done it again. He is a leading academic and has written much for the world of counselling. This is an excellent book for anyone on a counselling training course. It is well written and straightforward to understand.
An excellent counselling 'bible' for aspiring counsellors. Probably one of the few books worth buying not only for college, but for future reference irrespective of what course you are on, or what school of theory you follow.
Great value for a book so useful. I'm on an undergraduate course, psychology and counselling and have referenced this book so many times. Its useful, interesting and i cant get enough of it when writing assignments.