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Carl Rogers' Person-Centered Approach: Toward an understanding of its implications

Carl Rogers' Person-Centered Approach: Toward an understanding of its implications

John K Wood

ISBN 978 1 906254 05 6 (2008)

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John K. Wood was one of the leading theoreticians and practitioners of the person-centred approach, its psychology and therapy. This welcome and well-presented book brings his work to a wider audience. His writings – on the person-centred approach as an approach, and on principles, groups and culture – reveal not only a widely-read and rigorous intellectual who is fearless in bringing his critical reflection to bear on his subjects, but also a passionate man deeply committed to radical practice and social change. Keith Tudor, Person-Centred Practitioner, Director of Temenos, Sheffield, UK

In this book, which is in many ways his legacy to his colleagues throughout the world, John is bold enough to express thoughts and feelings which are the outcome of a life lived in depth and of a fidelity to an approach which he believed could be transformative and whose potential had only been partly glimpsed. The emphasis throughout is indeed on an approach as John is quick to castigate those who, in his opinion, have become needlessly caught up in attempts to differentiate the person-centred approach from client-centred therapy or to categorise it as a psychology, a philosophy, a school or movement. The final chapter concludes with a breathtakingly simple summary of the quintessence of this approach which Carl Rogers spent a lifetime embodying and implementing. “The most important thing Rogers had to say”, John writes, “was simply “yes” to personal improvement, to real learning, to constructive behaviour, to nourishing relationships, to honest thinking, to life”.  Brian Thorne, Norwich Centre, Norwich, UK

Chapter One Approaching the Approach: An introduction
Chapter Two The Person-Centered Approach to Psychotherapy

The principles of client-centered therapy
Chapter Three The Person-Centered Approach to Small Groups: More than psychotherapy
Chapter Four Applying the Person-Centered Approach vs. Applying the Principles of Client-Centered Therapy
Chapter Five An Example of the Pitfalls in ‘Giving People an Experience of the Person-Centered Approach’ Instead of Applying the Approach
Chapter Six The Person-Centered Approach to Large Group Workshops

Communities for learning
Chapter Seven A Rehearsal for Understanding the Phenomenon of Group
Chapter Eight Learning About Learning

The person-centered approach applied to education
Chapter Nine Effect of Group
Chapter Ten On Becoming a Culture
Chapter Eleven What’s Wrong With the Psychology of Client-Centered Therapy?
Chapter Twelve Toward a Psychology for Applications of the Person-Centered Approach

In this book, which is in many ways his legacy to his colleagues throughout the world, John is bold enough to express thoughts and feelings which are the outcome of a life lived in depth and of a fidelity to an approach which he believed could be transformative and whose potential had only been partly glimpsed. The emphasis throughout is indeed on an approach as John is quick to castigate those who, in his opinion, have become needlessly caught up in attempts to differentiate the person-centred approach from client-centred therapy or to categorise it as a psychology, a philosophy, a school or movement. The final chapter concludes with a breathtakingly simple summary of the quintessence of this approach which Carl Rogers spent a lifetime embodying and implementing. The most important thing Rogers had to say, John writes, was simply yes to personal improvement, to real learning, to constructive behaviour, to nourishing relationships, to honest thinking, to life . Professor Brian Thorne, Norwich Centre, Norwich, UK

John K Wood

John K Wood

John K.Wood PhD (1934 - 2004) completed successful careers in engineering and psychology. Together with friend and colleague Carl R. Rogers, he made significant theoretical contributions to the school of Humanistic Psychology. In the last 20 years of his life he dedicated himself to an interdisciplinary studies project at the Estância Jatobá, Brazil, involving conservation of the environment, sustainable agriculture, the sociology of place, group psychology, art and philosophy. 

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