This book is an invaluable resource for anyone contemplating a counselling course. Easy to read, it covers every aspect of the different types of work that would be required during the course. It is given in very simple language with easy to follow examples. This book almost became my bible, as soon as the next piece of work was to be done I would look to see how it suggested doing it. For someone like myself who had been a stranger to coursework and textbooks for many years it became a real friend. The book is divided into eight chapters each covering an important aspect of study skills for a counselling course. Topics such as skills and techniques for effective study, written and non-written assignments, the importance of getting your learning environment right etc. There are scattered throughout the book wonderful 'inside stories.' I especially liked and empathised with 'Tracy's story'(The life, partnership and family) a mother of two who works part time as well as doing an intensive part time diploma course. There are also stories from a tutor, supervisor and external examiner. At the end of each chapter hints and tips are given on the areas covered, this can be helpful as a quick reminder. I guess my favourite part of the book in a very frivolous yet thought provoking way was found on p.136 Therapese - How to sound like a counsellor without really being one. Six lists of counselling relevant words are given and you are invited to pick a word from each list at random and be amazed at how intellectual you can sound. I could have lots of fun with this while broadening my range of vocabulary. On that note I would say I really rate this book highly, I could not have done as well as I have without it I'm sure. Thanks Pete Sanders.
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