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The Trainee Handbook


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Setting the scene - Sheelagh Strawbridge Routes into the profession of counselling, counselling psychology and psychotherapy in the United Kingdom - Tony Ward The trainee experience - Susan Maise Strauss Students top tips - Tami Avis, Fran Smith, Genevieve Solomou and Ingrid Sorhus Getting the most out of personal therapy - Mark Donati and Charles Legg Effective essay writing - Frances Mielewczyk How to write a client case study - John Davy How to write a process report - Christine Parrott Planning and preparing your research study - Don Rawson Producing and presenting your research report - Don Rawson Guidelines for professional practice - Tim Bond Research, practice and reflection - Margaret Oakes The clinical placement in therapy training - Victoria E. Galbraith Handling and processing a referral - Mary Creaner Developing skills in formulation - Sarah Corrie and David A. Lane The first session with a new client: five stages - Robert Bor, Sara Chaudry and (the late) Riva Miller Assessing a client's mental state - Yvette Lewis Psychopharmacology: a primer - Diane Hammersley, Jo Sexton and Charles Legg Written communication and counselling - Peter Du Plessis and Fiona Hirst Supervision: making it work for you - Damian McCann What do I do if ... ? Questions commonly asked by trainees - Malcolm C. Cross and Linda Papadopoulos Preparing for a job after professional registration - Elaine Kasket Working with diversity: enhancing practice and challenging oppression - Martin Milton The reflective practitioner: some personal reflections - Mary Watts Setting the scene for continuing professional development (CPD) and life-long learning - Barabara Hannigan The use of social media, technology and online therapy - Anne Stokes Looking to the future - Sheelagh Strawbridge

About the Author

Professor Robert Bor trained in the UK, South Africa and the USA. He is a Chartered Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist as well as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a UKCP Registered Family Therapist, having completed his specialist training at the Tavistock Clinic, London and a clinical member of the Institute of Family Therapy, London. He has a special interest in developing psychological support services for those affected by chronic or acute medical conditions, and especially those with cancer. He has published more than 150 articles and chapters in peer-review publications as well as 20 books on the psychological impact of illness and serves on the editorial board of numerous international journals. He is also the Consulting Psychologist to several leading schools in London including St Pauls School, The Royal Ballet School and JFS. He is an active member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society, consults to Chai Cancer Care in London and he is a Churchill Fellow.


I found the Trainee Handbook really useful for the students that I work with. It is well set out from setting the scene to future job role as a counsellor. I'm aware that it isn't necessarily for Level 2 students but some aspects are and the students found them to be very useful. Some specific headings that are used in counselling may help such as contracting.

-- Baljeet Singh Gill

I welcome this fourth edition which will continue to function as a key support for trainees as they navigate their way through a range of professional issues and course requirements. There are some important updates in this edition, and a review of many key topics that span philosophical, theoretical, ethical and practical matters. In my view, an excellent and timely resource.

-- Prof. Vanja Orlans

For many years Bor and Watt's Handbook serves as the best entry point to counseling, counseling psychology, and psychotherapy training for students embarking on the journey. This new edition again thoroughly covers relevant topics and issues, is well-updated and offers plenty of practical and valuable tips to students. I highly recommend it as the book to have when starting your training!

-- Dr. Ladislav Timulak

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