2nd Edition

The Personal Development Group The Student's Guide

By Chris Rose Copyright 2024
    140 Pages
    by Routledge

    140 Pages
    by Routledge

    The personal development group plays a key part in counselling and psychotherapy training, and this book offers an insight into how it works and how to make best use of it. Taking the perspective of the student, it charts the course of the group through various stages, dealing with fundamental themes such as conflict, authority, difference and defences.

    The Personal Development Group has a dual focus upon individual experience and group process that provides the student with a valuable resource in understanding and making better use of their own PD group. This fully updated new edition contains discussion of socio-political, economic and cultural considerations, including diversity and equality, and looks at the challenges of the online group and social media. It includes examples and exercises throughout to enhance learning.

    The Personal Development Group will encourage students of counselling and psychotherapy to engage with their own development in a proactive and informed manner and invite them to challenge attitudes and assumptions in a thoughtful self-reflexive style. It will be essential reading for students of any course with a PD group, irrespective of theoretical model.

    Preface to the second edition

    Chapter One

    Why "personal development"?

    Chapter Two

    Getting on board

    Chapter Three

    Setting off

    Chapter Four

    Learning to row

    Chapter Five


    Chapter Six

    Underlying division and difference

    Chapter Seven

    Singing and sailing

    Chapter Eight


    Chapter Nine


    Chapter Ten

    Ways of understanding

    Chapter Eleven

    Putting it into practice

    Chapter Twelve

    Coming to the end


    Chris Rose is a group psychotherapist, supervisor and consultant based in the UK. She has considerable experience in private practice, the health service, higher education, counselling and psychotherapy training, and has written extensively on groupwork and personal development.