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By Hazel Johns

This ebook examines the philosophy and constructs of counselling education and the 'balancing acts' in which scholars and running shoes deal with the complicated calls for put upon them in the course of the education strategy. the 3 major sections of the ebook discover key facets of being running shoes : the pressures and stresses concerned, problems with gender and gear; the complexities of co-training components of teaching : educational and voluntary settings; negotiated and reflective studying; review; concerns coming up from the features of teams stories of being trainees : first hand bills from practitioners of the demanding situations they confronted of their education. The counsellors, running shoes and supervisors who proportion their study and adventure as reflective practitioners supply a transparent research of the balancing act excited about any grownup studying. Balancing Acts will offer functional recommendation and nutrition for notion for brand spanking new and skilled Counselling running shoes and may offer an perception into the training strategy for college students approximately to start their very own counselling education.

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This sense of isolation was also experienced by people working full or part time in non-counselling organisations, who needed the ‘normative’ contact of a wider network within their own field: ‘I am quite isolated. ’ Words such as ‘incest’, ‘nepotism’ and ‘gossip’ are, no doubt, ringing warning bells in the ears of the reader, yet there seems little doubt that the network proved immensely supportive. ’ ... ’ ... ’ Influence and professional standards This brings us full circle to the ‘coming of age’ for counselling training with BAC codes of ethics and practice for trainers and the BAC accreditation 42 Jane Speedy of courses well established and schemes for trainer accreditation newly set up.

Counselling courses are run mainly by experienced counsellors, who are used to modelling and offering the core conditions (Rogers 1951) in a professional and educational setting. This creates a warm, empathic environment in which people are 22 Alyss Thomas encouraged to open up, share feelings, and take risks with self-disclosure. It also helps the facilitators to feel positive about their work, as they are doing what they enjoy doing and are good at. Good counsellors, however, are not necessarily effective trainers in all respects.

I ended up the richer in my understanding of myself and the network and structures that I, too, felt part of. If a core construct for these trainers, in their own understanding of their personal and professional power and influence, was a sense of self-knowledge and self-acceptance, then they, too, perhaps found the process helpful. ’ ... ’ Only time will tell whether this power and influence is of limited duration for women, whether their influence will remain or increase through their writing and their teaching or whether it will diminish and change in the systems and organisations of counselling, which will, no doubt, continue to be ‘up to [their] neck in the world of money, power and politics’ (Thorne 1992).

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