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Towards the practice of Learning Centred Counselling

Shepherd, Gary ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8178-1141 (2021) Towards the practice of Learning Centred Counselling. Discussion Paper. Dr Gary Shepherd. (Unpublished)

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Please Note: This is a Work in Progress, a discussion paper I intend to use as the basis of a forthcoming publication on reflective learning in therapy.

The aim of this paper is to compare, contrast and synthesise the action learning method of Reg Revans with the person centred approach of Carl Rogers to suggest a humanistic learning-based approach to counselling I have termed ‘learning centred counselling’. This method is intended to help clients develop the attributes of a reflective practitioner. On the face of it there may seem little to connect Rogers and Revans’ theories, with Rogers’ approach to wellbeing based on humanistic tenets and Revans’ method being a group approach to organisational problem solving utilising reflective cycles. On closer inspection, however, each theory shares a surprising number of common elements which I contend, may be synthesised in the development of a new learning-based approach to counselling. Using such an approach I envision the following changes to therapy; the person-centred counsellor becomes a facilitator of learning; the client takes more ownership of their therapy; the client becomes more active in problem solving outside the therapy space and the client sees a clear pathway out of therapy through the development of their experiential learning ability. This approach may be best utilised in ‘brief counselling’ situations such as within an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) or in clinics dealing with high volumes of clients who limit counselling services to 8-10 sessions.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF637 Counselling
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5831

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