Personal development (PD) groups are a key feature of many counsellor training programmes. Personal Development Groups for Trainee Counsellors: An Essential Companion is a comprehensive and accessible study guide written by experienced tutors and lecturers to support students with their PD group work and other personal development activities, helping students to get the most out of these experiences.

This essential resource is aimed primarily at those who are new to counsellor training. It will also be useful for anyone who wants to understand more about the nature of PD groups and how these can be used effectively. Case studies, questions and activities encourage readers to reflect on different topics and on themselves, including looking at how to improve self-care and how mindfulness can help. The book looks at the historical background to PD groups; how they can be used effectively, and also real-life experiences from both tutors and recent students. Other chapters invite the reader to develop their self-awareness through gaining an understanding of how ethics, relationships and identity are developed. There is a discussion about the merits or otherwise of mandatory personal therapy for trainees and also a discussion about the use of supervision. Finally, other important aspects of personal development are discussed including personal therapy, supervision, self-care and mindfulness.

Personal Development Groups for Trainee Counsellors will be of use to counsellor trainees on undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas to introduce them to PD groups and other essential activities. It will also be highly informative to those who are on counselling certificate courses to introduce them to aspects of personal development, as well as for tutors to support them in their work as PD group facilitators.

chapter |4 pages


ByJayne Godward, Heather Dale, Carole Smith

part Section A|2 pages

Understanding personal development

chapter Chapter 1|9 pages

What is personal development?

ByCarole Smith

chapter Chapter 2|8 pages

A historical overview of personal development groups

ByCarole Smith

chapter Chapter 3|5 pages

A historical and personal view of PD groups

ByTracy Hitchcock

chapter Chapter 4|8 pages

Personal development journeys

Student experiences
Edited ByJayne Godward

part Section B|2 pages

The personal development group

chapter Chapter 5|11 pages

Understanding the personal development group

ByJayne Godward

chapter Chapter 6|12 pages

Experiences of personal development groups

A research base
ByCarole Smith

chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

Experiences of running personal development groups

The facilitator role
ByJayne Godward

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

Conflict and difficulties in personal development groups

ByJayne Godward

part Section C|2 pages

Developing self-awareness to enhance practice

chapter Chapter 9|11 pages

Ethics and personal development

Understanding personal ethics
ByHeather Dale

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages

Personal moral qualities

ByHeather Dale

chapter Chapter 11|9 pages

Attachment styles and relational patterns

ByTracy Hitchcock

chapter Chapter 12|12 pages

Identity and the counselling relationship

Who do you think you are?
ByTara Fox, Jayne Godward

part Section D|2 pages

Other aspects of personal development

chapter Chapter 13|10 pages

Personal therapy in counsellor training

ByHeather Dale, Jayne Godward, Carole Smith

chapter Chapter 14|10 pages

Supervision and personal development

ByHeather Dale, Jayne Godward

chapter Chapter 15|10 pages

Self-care and support for trainee counsellors

ByHeather Dale

chapter Chapter 16|12 pages

Mindfulness and self-compassion

ByTara Fox

chapter Chapter 17|7 pages

Reflecting on and capturing your personal development

Study skills support
ByHeather Dale, Jayne Godward

chapter |2 pages


ByJayne Godward, Heather Dale, Carole Smith