Written by Michael Helge Ronnestad and Thomas Skovholt, this book is subtitled “Growth and Stagnation of Therapists and Counsellors” … not least because its scope includes a valuing of the mental and emotional health of practitioners.
The publishers say that it:
“… provides a comprehensive overview of the professional development of counselors and therapists over the career lifespan.
Drawing on their own extensive experience as psychotherapists, supervisors, teachers, and researchers, as well as from their own extensive study of the topic, previously published in their 1992 book The Evolving Professional Self, the authors aim to provide an update of their work that all counselors and psychotherapists will find valuable and useful. Readers are provided with empirically based conceptual knowledge that can increase their awareness of the central issues in professional development, allowing them to monitor their own development.
The authors discuss the concept of development and review the research literature on practitioner development, and then provide detailed descriptions of its six phases. …”
Read more here.