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PCCS Books is an independent mental health publisher. 

We want a better deal for everyone who seeks help for emotional distress – better understanding from practitioners and society, better responses and more choices from services and better outcomes from treatments. Our aim is that our publishing reflects these goals.

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This fourth, updated and revised edition of this bestselling classic offers essential guidance to student counsellors and psychotherapists starting out on their training. Most books about training focus on the training; this book is about you, the trainee and student, and your needs. Written by two highly experienced trainers/lecturers, Step in to Study Counselling and Psychotherapy will be your friend and guide across this new terrain. An array of voices from the world of counselling and psychotherapy training also contribute their expertise on the topics discussed. Training in counselling and psychotherapy demands much of the trainee in terms of what you give of yourself to the process, as well as the academic and practice skills required to successfully complete the course. This book will help you choose your course and where to study, fund it, manage your relationships with fellow trainees and teaching staff, prepare for and write/deliver your assignments, negotiate placements and follow your learning through into continuing professional development. It also covers clinical supervision, personal therapy, experiential learning and self-care, and – as a one-stop resource – it provides useful links to other sources of information and support.

This is an excellent text, and this fourth edition ensures it remains as contemporary and vital as it has always been. It is authoritative yet accessible, ambitious yet detailed, and academic yet practical. This book will support you to build confidence and knowledge so that you can translate theory into practice and be the best therapist you can for your clients.  A highly recommended text from two great writers.
Andrew Reeves, Professor in Counselling Professions and Mental Health, University of Chester

The book covers key material for those considering training, from choosing a course and making sense of relationships and dynamics during training, through to the inevitable tensions and conflicts evident in the book’s socio-political content. The text is relevant to trainees as well as trainers and lecturers and should be essential reading on training courses. Perfectly pitched, and a powerful legacy, Pete!
Lynne Gabriel, Professor of Counselling and Mental Health, York St John University


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