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Personal Development and Clinical Psychology is a vital reference text for all those involved in clinical psychology and related professions. This book offers a comprehensive exploration of the methods, approaches, theories and issues surrounding personal development, incorporating a number of different views from both those practising and training in the field, and includes service users' perspectives. The importance of personal development is considered and chapters are devoted to presenting a model of the different processes, examining issues of power and identity, and assessing how training courses currently approach and encourage personal development and how it might be evaluated. The book culminates in summarising the major themes, and offers suggestions for future developments.

  • In line with BPS accreditation criteria which identifies personal development as a core learning objective
  • Offers an historical overview of the clinical psychology profession
  • Includes the voices of service users and carers
  • Considers how personal development can be assessed
  • Also of interest to counselors, psychotherapists, and nurse therapists as well as clinical psychologists and related professions outside the UK
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Editorial Reviews

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"The book is practical, full of ideas of how personal development might be enhanced. This approach would tempt anyone considering the topic to want to learn more about themselves. I would recommend this book to any clinical psychologist, practitioner or trainer, who is looking for ways to foster personal development, whether for themselves or for trainees."

Dr Gabrielle Syme, counsellor and psychotherapist, BACP Fellow

"This is a 360 degree book. It is highly experiential, academic, research-based, up-to-date, literature savvy, personal, professional, anecdotal and very accessible. Personal development can no longer linger on the periphery of clinical psychology training - this book moves it centre stage. ... It's as relevant to all training in the Helping Professions as it is to clinical psychology training."

Dr Michael Carroll, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, BACP Senior Registered Practitioner and BACP Fellow

The book provides useful suggestions for how personal development can be addressed in training and beyond. A particular strength is that it brings together a range of perspectives including not only trainers and supervisors but trainees and mental health service users too.”

Dr David Harper, University of East London

“This a well timed and significant book. It reminds us of the importance of the human selves in the psychotherapeutic relationship. I warmly commend this book.”

Professor Peter Kinderman, University of Liverpool

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405158664
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Hughes is Director of Clinical Practice on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Sheffield. Jan has had an interest in personal development throughout her career, particularly during and beyond training. For many years she was also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS.

Sheila Youngson is Deputy Clinical Director on the Clinical Psychology training programme at the University of Leeds. She has had responsibility for the Personal and Professional Development Core Theme at Leeds for over a decade. Sheila has been a clinical psychologist in the NHS since 1981, and is currently a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Child Health and Clinical Supervision in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


1 Personal Development and Clinical Psychology.

Jan Hughes and Sheila Youngson.

2 Personal Development in Clinical Psychology: The Context.

Sheila Youngson.

3 What is Personal Development and Why is it Important?.

Jan Hughes.

4 A Model of Personal Development Processes.

Sheila Youngson and Jan Hughes.

5 ‘If They Don’t Know Themselves, They Can’t Help You Find Yourself, Can They Really?’ Service User Perspectives on Personal Development of Clinical Psychologists.

Sheila Youngson, Rebecca Hames and Tracey Holley in collaboration with Charmaine Riley, Geoff, Judy and Margaret.

6 Power and Identity: Considerations for Personal and Professional Development.

Sarah Davidson and Nimisha Patel.

7 Supervision and Personal Development.

Joyce Scaife.

8 Therapy and Personal Development.

Caroline Rake.

9 Personal Development in a Group Setting.

Fiona Smith, Sheila Youngson and Garry Brownbridge.

10 Evaluating Personal Development in Clinical Psychology Training.

Sheila Youngson with David Green.

11 Personal Development in Clinical Psychology Training – ‘The Story So Far…’.

Clea Horner, Sheila Youngson and Jan Hughes.

12 Processes in Personal Development in Training: The Trainee’s Experience.

Jan Hughes and Sheila Youngson (with contributions from Kevin Baker, Steven Coles, Kathryn Dykes, Simon Platts, Nick Shelley, Stephanie Sneider, Vicky Tozer.

13 The Present, and the Future.

Sheila Youngson with Jan Hughes.


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