On Training To Be A Therapist: The Long and Winding Road to Qualification
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN 10: 0335210015
ISBN 13: 978-0335210015
ISBN 10: 0335210023
ISBN 13: 978-0335210022
“It is rare for a book to tackle the range of problems and difficulties counsellor training involves in such a comprehensive manner, it is rarer still for the style of writing to engage the reader as this book manages to do... I wish this book had been available when I was a student.”
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
“How do I get through this?” is one of the questions that counselling and psychotherapy students most often ask themselves: John Karter has answered this and many other fundamental questions in his book.
Undoubtedly there are many pressures upon students but the process can and should be an enjoyable. Written from a “student’s-eye view” this book explores the professional and personal difficulties that may be encountered and offers practical advice on how to avoid problems where possible and overcome them when necessary.
From start to finish, the pitfalls are highlighted in order that students can seek help when and where it is needed. The benefits and joys are also emphasized in order to show that “the long and winding road” does have an end and that beyond it there are new horizons.
On Training to be a Therapist has been designed for use as a standard text on training courses at all levels. The book is exceptionally accessible and should sit on the bedside table of all counselling and psychotherapy students and the bookshelf of tutors and supervisors who need to remind themselves of how they may be of help to students.
"As course director of the Diploma in Counseling at Birkbeck College, I am frequently fielding enquiries from prospective students eager to embark on a career in counseling and often recommend this book so that they are better prepared for the harsh realities of training, then working, as a counselor.
I wish this book had been available when I was a student." - Clive Carswell (Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal)
"I would highly recommend this to a very informative and honest account of a road which I belive is well worth travelling and which students past and present will identify with." - Ruth Lipman (GAM)
"I wish this had been available when I was a student." - Clive Carswell (CPS)
About the Author
John Karter is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice. He is also employed as a therapist for GamCare, the National Association for Gambling Care. As well as his psychotherapy qualifications, he has a degree in law. Before training as a psychotherapist, Karter was a sports writer for many years for The Times, The Sunday Times and The Independent. He has had two sporting biographies - Lester - Return Of A Legend and Frankie Dettori - The Illustrated Biography - published by Hodder Headline. He wrote a monthly column for the now defunct journal, The Psychotherapy Review, on which this book is loosely based. He has two sons, and lives in Kingston in Surrey.