The counselling and psychotherapy professions have experienced a rapid growth and expansion throughout Europe, and internationally. State regulation of these professional practices has required personal development hours for those in training, continuing professional development for all qualified practitioners as well as supervision of their practice.

Interacting Selves provides concepts and principles of personal and professional development (PPD) in training and supervision as part of an approach to lifelong learning for all those involved in psychotherapeutic work. Leading European trainers and practitioners draw on their shared background in systemic therapy to articulate a strong theoretical base for PPD. The volume functions not simply as a coherent description of the philosophy and rationale underlying PPD but also as a practice workbook whose chapters contain an array of elegantly crafted exercises, portable across the broad range of disciplines that give life to the social care and mental health fields at the same time as meeting the PPD needs of counsellors and psychotherapists of different theoretical persuasions.

The approaches work through constant attention to PPD as an interpersonal process where thoughts, ideas and emotions need to be nurtured. PPD can involve working at the extremes, and the book provides a secure basis for confronting abuse and violence head on. Each chapter shows how personal and professional development promotes a focus on emotional competence, positive emotion, resilience and ethical practice. 

Interacting Selves introduces and develops the concepts and principles of personal and professional development (PPD) in training and supervision as part of an approach to lifelong learning for all psychotherapists undergoing or providing PPD. This pioneering book will appeal to psychotherapy trainees, trainers, practitioners and supervisors in the mental health field and social care professionals.

chapter 1|6 pages

Prologue and introduction to the systemic approach to personal and professional development

ByArlene Vetere, Peter Stratton, Helga Hanks, Per Jensen, Kyriaki Protopsalti-Polychroni, Jim Sheehan

chapter 3|17 pages

Mind the map

Circular processes between the therapist, the client and the therapist's personal life
ByPer Jensen

chapter 4|13 pages


Present within movements
ByAnne Hedvig Helmer Vedeler

chapter 5|20 pages

Working at the extremes

The impact on us of doing the work
ByHelga Hanks, Arlene Vetere

chapter 6|13 pages

A supervisor's progression

From personal and professional development training in group settings to the inclusion of the self of the therapist in supervision
ByBarbara Kohnstamm, Arlene Vetere

chapter 7|9 pages

Supervision and attachment narratives

Using an attachment narrative approach in clinical supervision
ByArlene Vetere, Rudi Dallos

chapter 8|21 pages

Self and world

Narrating experience in the supervisor/supervisee relationship
ByJim Sheehan

chapter 9|8 pages


Consolidation, celebration and momentum
ByPeter Stratton, Arlene Vetere, Helga Hanks, Anne Hedvig Helmer Vedeler, Per Jensen, Kyriaki Protopsalti-Polychroni, Jim Sheehan