This study explores the development of therapists and counsellors over their career lifespan in order to demonstrate their professional competence and evolution. The book is based on 160 intensive interviews with 100 practitioners. These interviews provide the data for the construction of an eight-stage career model: conventional, transition to professional training, imitation of experts, conditional autonomy, exploration, integration, inidividuation and integrity. The stage model data is then used to elaborate 20 broad themes of therapist/counsellor development. These themes concern a number of issues such as professional identity, skill development, sources of influence, and methods of learning.
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd