• Person-Centered Therapy: A revolutionary paradigm

Person-Centered Therapy: A revolutionary paradigm

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ISBN 978 1 898059 22 6 (1998)
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In this book Jerold Bozarth presents a collection of twenty revised papers and new writings on person-centred therapy representing over 40 years' work as an innovator and theoretician. He reflects upon Carl Rogers' theoretical foundations, emphasises the revolutionary nature of these foundations and offers extended frames for understanding this radical approach to therapy. This book will be essential reading for all with an interest in Client-Centred Therapy and the Person-Centred Approach.


•Overview of Person-Centered Therapy
•Carl R. Rogers: Theoretical Evolution and Professional Contributions
•Myths, Misunderstandings and Distortions
•The Actualizing Tendency: The Foundation Block
•Not Necessarily Necessary but Always Sufficient
•A Reconceptualization of the Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Therapeutic Personality Change
•Empathy from the Client-Centered Framework and the Rogerian Hypothesis
•Unconditional Positive Regard
•Quantum Theory and The Person-Centered Approach
•The Coterminous Intermingling of Doing and Being in Person-Centered Therapy
•The Integrative Statement of Carl R. Rogers
•Functional Dimensions of The Person-Centered Approach in Therapy
•Client-Centered Therapy and Techniques
•Person-Centered Assessment
•Person-Centered Couples Therapy
•The Basic Encounter Group
•The Large Community Group
•Research on Psychotherapy Outcome and the Person-Centered Approach
•The Core Condition is Us: Implications for Critical Mass Consciousness

This little book is packed with exploration of many of the major issues that have arisen about Person-Centred Therapy since its inception in the mid-twentieth Century … The personal integrity of Jerold Bozarth shines through this book. It is one that I would recommend for second-year Diploma students and practitioners alike. Jen Popkin, Self and Society, Vol. 27, No. 5, November, 1999.

Jerold Bozarth planned to write this book for 20 years. It is very good news that he has produced this authoritative text now. David Acres, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Vol. 27, No. 4, 1999. 

At various points in the book, but particularly in Chapter 4, Bozarth points to the "actualising tendency" as the foundation block of the person-centred approach. This is a superb chapter, bringing together and integrating Rogers' theoretical propositions about this fundamental motivating force - essential reading for any student. Professor Dave Mearns, Counselling, Vol. 10, No. 3. August, 1999.

Jerold Bozarth

Jerold Bozarth was Professor Emeritus of the University of Georgia, where his tenure included Chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Development, Director of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program and Director of the Person-Centered Studies Project. He was a consultant for person-centred training programmes in the Czech Republic and Portugal; Scientific Director for the Person-Centred Learning Programme at the Institute for Person-Centred Learning in England; and was associated with the Person-Centred Connections programme, also in England. He learned the person-centred approach from long term mental hospital 'patients'  who were considered 'impossible' by other helping organisations. He had been an advocate of the non-directive client-centered approach of Carl Rogers since 1957. He was author of over 400 articles, book chapters, and technical manuals and four books related to Rogers approach.

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