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Since the first edition of this book published fifteen years ago, research, politics and the economy have caused many changes in counselling and psychotherapy. However, one thing that has remained unchanged is that the person of the practitioner is the most significant factor in effective therapeutic practice. Within the contexts of counselling training in the 21st Century, this book revisits the importance of continuing personal and professional development for every successful counselling practitioner. From the trainee and their personal development to the trainer and their course, it provides the answers to that all important question: what is personal and professional development and why is it necessary for counsellors? This new edition explores: " the importance of personal development and the core concepts that underpin it " the aims, commonalities and differences of personal development in different settings " the key differences in theoretical approaches and their implications for personal development " the issue of communication and relationship between counsellors and professional organizations, society, and the 'virtual' world " the trainee and trainer and the challenges of personal development. Packed full of vivid accounts of personal experiences, questions and points for refection, this book will prove an essential companion for anyone wishing to grow personally and professionally as a therapist.