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The Trainee Handbook
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Written by a team of leading trainers, practitioners and supervisors, this bestselling book provides all the help and advice you'll need as you start and progress through your training in counselling and psychotherapy. It will also be an essential resource as you go on to take your first steps into therapeutic practice. The book identifies and guides you through the practical skills and knowledge you'll need to make a success of your training - from writing essays, through case formulation, and on to preparing for your first meeting with a client. A further important function of the book is to address and allay the concerns which are common to all students. Now in its third edition, The Trainee Handbook has been fully updated to take account of the significant changes that have taken place in the therapy professions over the last few years. It now also includes new and important chapters on: - the dynamics and practicalities of facilitating client referral, - the processes involved in assessing a client's mental state, and - useful tips and hints from former trainees. The Trainee Handbook will be an invaluable companion, and source of information and guidance for all trainees in counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology.
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Table of Contents

Setting the Scene - Sheelagh Strawbridge Mapping Training Routes into Working as a Therapist - Ray Woolfe Effective Essay Writing - Frances Mielewczyk Handling and Processing a Referral - Mary Creaner Assessing a Client's Mental State - Yvette Lewis The First Session with a New Client: Five Stages - Riva Miller Constructing Stories about Clients' Needs: Developing Skills in Formulation - Sarah Corrie and David A Lane Written Communication and Counselling - Peter du Plessis and Fiona Hirst How to Write a Client Case Study - John Davy How to Write a Process Report - Christine Parrott Supervision: Making It Work for You - Damian McCann What Do I Do if...? Questions Commonly Asked by Trainees - Malcolm C Cross and Linda Papadopoulos The Clinical Placement in Mental-Health Training - Brett Kahr Guidelines for Professional Practice - Tim Bond Getting the Most out of Personal Therapy - Mark Donati and Charles Legg Psychopharmacology: A Primer - Dianne Hammersley, Jo Sexton and Charles Legg Planning, Conducting and Writing up Research - Don Rawson A Trainee's Perspective - Geof Alred Student Top Tips - Tami Avis et al Preparing for a Job - Paul Hitchings and Jeremy Ornellas 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.

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