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Rogers' Therapeutic Conditions: Evolution, Theory and Practice. Volume 3. Unconditional Positive Regard

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Carl Rogers' Therapeutic Conditions: Evolution, Theory and Practice traces the evolution and application of Carl Rogers' necessary and sufficient therapeutic conditions from 1957 to the present day.

Unconditional Positive Regard is the third volume in this impressive series, in which another distinguished international collection of theorists and practitioners lead the serious student to a cutting-edge appreciation of Unconditional Positive Regard. Once dubbed a 'controversial' condition by Germain Lietaer, and seen by Jerold Bozarth as the 'curative factor' in client-centred therapy, UPR has never had so much attention focused on it. Readers from all disciplines can discover how contemporary person-centred therapists are thinking about, and working with, this 'core' condition.

The series is ecumenical in its inclusion of work from the broadest range of counsellors and psychotherapists identifying with the person-centred approach, from classical client-centred therapy to experiential psychotherapies. Contributions from distinguished practitioners and theoreticians from all over the world are presented in four volumes. Each volume explores its theme from the origins in Rogers' writings to contemporary theoretical interpretations and practical applications. Common strands are followed in each book:
•the historical perspective
•client incongruence
•new material commissioned specially for the series
•seminal papers
•the connection of each therapeutic condition to the others
•research

This major contribution to the development of client-centred and person-centred counselling and psychotherapy is written for:
•person-centred practitioners
•researchers
•counsellor-educators
•supervisors
•students of person-centred psychology at all levels
•students of psychology, counselling psychology and psychotherapy wishing to familiarise themselves with a contemporary, international appreciation of Rogers' work everyone whose work involves the professional application of the Person-Centred Approach.

PART ONE: Historical Perspectives
Armin Klein Unconditional Positive Regard: Deep Openness
Gerald Bauman Unconditional Positive Regard
Jerold D. Bozarth Client-centered Unconditional Positive Regard: A historical perspective
Kathryn Moon, Bert Rice and Carolyn Schneider Stanley W. Standal and the Need for Positive Regard

PART TWO: Theory and Practice
Paul Wilkins Unconditional Positive Regard Reconsidered
Peter F. Schmid Acknowledgement: The art of responding. Dialogical and ethical perspectives on the challenge of unconditional relationships in therapy and beyond
Ruth Sanford Unconditional Positive Regard: A misundersood way of being
Garry Prouty Unconditional Positive Regard and Pre-therapy: An exploration
Germain Lietaer Unconditional Acceptance and Positive Regard
James R. Iberg Unconditional Positive Regard: Constituent activites
Marion N. Hendricks An Experiential Version of Unconditional Positive Regard
Elizabeth Freire Unconditional Positive Regard: The distinctive feature of Client-centered Therapy
Barbara Temaner Brodley and Carolyn Schneider Unconditional Positive Regard as Communicated through Verbal Behavior in Client-centered Therapy
Jerold D. Bozarth A Reconceptualization of the Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Therapeutic Personality Change

PART THREE: The Wider Context and Links to the Other Conditions
Jeanne C. Watson and Patricia Steckley Potentiating Growth: An examination of the research on unconditional positive regard
Judy Moore Acceptance of the Truth of the Present Moment as a Trustworthy Foundation for Unconditional Positive Regard
Toro Kuno An Interpretation of Unconditional Positive Regard from the Standpoint of Buddhist-based Psychology
Jerold D. Bozarth and Paul Wilkins Unconditional Positive Regard: Towards unravelling the puzzle

All four books from this series, Rogers' Therapeutic Conditions: Evolution, Theory and Practice, should be carefully considered by serious followers of the person-centred approach. Rob Hooper, Open Studies Fellow in Counselling, Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, October 2002

This is an impressive, intense book. It says a lot to those for whom UPR truly matters. Can I give UPR to all my clients -- what about my and society’s values? Is it an attitude in the counsellor; or is it an aspect of the relationship process that exists (or doesn’t) in each moment of relating with the client? How does UPR relate to feelings such as love, warmth, respect and acceptance? Is UPR ‘the’ factor in counselling/ psychotherapy that facilitates client change or only a factor? How does UPR combine with empathy? This book thoroughly addresses all of these questions, and because it is a compilation of articles the reader will find more than one answer to each of them.

The majority of the writers are American, but there are also British, Canadian, Brazilian and Japanese contributors and I found the book international in outlook. In contrast to some wholly American books, I did not feel loaded down with jargon, and I found only now and again too many long words to easily understand the author’s meaning.
Personally, I found Chapter 5, by Wilkins, the most thoroughly engaging intellectually; and Chapter 11, by Hendricks the most radical, stimulating, imaginative, creative, and wise. I also found Chapter 12 by Freire, the Brazilian, particularly helpful.
I consider this book essential reading for teachers of person-centred counselling; and valuable for all counsellors and counselling students who wrestle with holding some clients in UPR, or who don’t but wonder why they don’t. It is of course primarily for practitioners of the person-centred way, but it is also for those of any persuasion who believe passionately in the worth of UPR. Wade Miller Knight, reviewed on Amazon.

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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Jerold Bozarth

Paul Wilkins

 I am an academic and therapist deeply committed to the person-centred approach about which I have written papers, chapters and books. My doctoral study was concerned with what it means to be person-centred and I am currently as much interested in how to be person-centred as a researcher as I am in extending my understanding of person-centred theory and practice. I am passionate about the creativity I see as inherent in the approach and seek to apply this to all areas of my life. When I am not thinking, writing, researching or teaching, I enjoy the good things the world has to offer; wild places, music, wine and food, to name but a few! Until my recent retirement I was senior lecturer in the Department of Pyschology and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Paul Wilkins