Person Centred Approaches to Counselling & Psychotherapy

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to explore person-centred approaches to counselling and their relevance to our modern, technologically advanced society. 

This unit develops learners’ awareness of the principles and practice of person- centred therapy, with particular reference to the work of Rogers and later proponents of the person-centred approach to counselling, such as Thorne, Mearns and Cooper.

This unit requires learners to use the principles of person-centred counselling in practice, to apply these theories to themselves and to review the impact on themselves and the counselling process.  

The relational aspect of any therapeutic alliance is key despite our preferred therapeutic approach.

Learning and Assessment

Learning will take the form of directed study, personal development opportunities, role play/small group practice, self-directed study and enrichment activities. Assessment of the unit will be through a range of; role play and observations, group discussion, journal writing, presentations, debates and assignments which will all demonstrate theoretical understanding and clear reflection. 

Essential Reading

Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling (third edition)

by Tony Merry and Sheila Haugh | 2 Jul 2020

The Handbook of Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling

by Mick Cooper , Maureen O’Hara, et al. | 31 May 2013