Person Centred Counselling Theory and Practice
3,000 Word Assignment
Person Centred Theory and Practice Assumes: It is Necessary that Two
People are in Psychological Contact.
This assignment introduces some of the Rogerian fundamental principles of person-centred personality theory, thus forming backdrop for the consideration of the three core-conditions required for successful therapeutic alliance. The main thrust of the assignment looks at the first of the six preconditions for personality change, i.e. ‘two persons are in psychological contact’. A number of observations are provided that were demonstrated in a recent seminar presentation that can guide the counsellor towards some recognition of the client’s needs with particular regard to signs and symptoms and tasks required to establish a requirement and facilitate an appropriate pre-therapy stage of the relationship. The seminar showed how a client with physical brain damage was assisted by his counsellor and the technique can be applied with equal effectiveness to those with learning difficulties and those suffering psychopathology, e.g. schizophrenia. The assignment introduces demographics that suggest a strong likelihood of encountering schizophrenic clients, and this is supported with some common manifestations of the illness.
Historically therapists have shunned the treatment of certain mental debilitations and it is important therefore that this assignment acknowledges some of the ground-breaking person-centred work carried out since the
1960’s. Thereafter follows some specific references to the method of pretherapy demonstrated in our seminar presentation, which has been specifically fashioned for the person-centred counsellor. This methodology employs a number of client reflection stages and brings the client into contact with their surroundings. This work culminates in a composite of therapeutic functioning upon which the counsellor can begin to build
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