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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

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

Dr Gabrielle Syme, counsellor and psychotherapist, BACPFellow

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

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

The book provides useful suggestions for how personaldevelopment can be addressed in training and beyond. Aparticular strength is that it brings together a range ofperspectives including not only trainers and supervisors buttrainees and mental health service users too.”

Dr David Harper, University of East London

“This a well timed and significant book. Itreminds us of the importance of the human selves in thepsychotherapeutic relationship. I warmly commend thisbook.”

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
  • Sales rank: 795,513
  • 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 Doctoratein Clinical Psychology training programme at the University ofSheffield. Jan has had an interest in personal developmentthroughout her career, particularly during and beyond training. Formany years she was also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in theNHS.

Sheila Youngson is Deputy Clinical Director on theClinical Psychology training programme at the University of Leeds.She has had responsibility for the Personal and ProfessionalDevelopment Core Theme at Leeds for over a decade. Sheila has beena clinical psychologist in the NHS since 1981, and is currently aConsultant Clinical Psychologist in Child Health and ClinicalSupervision 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’tHelp You Find Yourself, Can They Really?’ Service UserPerspectives on Personal Development of Clinical Psychologists.

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

6 Power and Identity: Considerations for Personal andProfessional 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 PsychologyTraining.

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: TheTrainee’s Experience.

Jan Hughes and Sheila Youngson (with contributions from KevinBaker, 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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