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.
Volume 4: Contact and Perception. Understudied to the point of being ignored, conditions one and six of Carl Rogers' Necessary and Sufficient' conditions are given due attention for the first time in this volume. Writers from three continents put psychological contact and the client's perception of the therapist not only on the theoretical map, but at the very centre of it. The result is a series of papers outlining genuine new theory and practice for all counsellors and therapists, not only those of a person-centred persuasion.
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
•new material commissioned specially for the series
•the connection of each therapeutic condition to the others
PART ONE: Historical Perspectives
Pete Sanders and Gill Wyatt The History of Conditions One and Six
Godfrey T. Barrett-Lennard Perceptual Variables of the Helping Relationship: A measuring system and its fruits.
PART TWO: Theory and Practice
Garry Prouty Pre-Therapy: An essay in philosophical psychology
Garry Prouty Pre-Therapy as a Theoretical System
Garry Prouty The Practice of Pre-Therapy
Margaret S. Warner Psychological Contact, Meaningful Process and Human Nature. A Reformulation of Person-centered Theory
William J. Whelton and Leslie S. Greenberg Psychological Contact as Dialectical Construction
Shaké G. Toukmanian Perception: The core element in person-centered and experiental psychotherapies
Elisabeth Zinschitz 'You really understand what I'm talking about, don't you?' Basic Requirements for Contact and Perception in Person-centred Therapy and the Implications for Clients with Learning Disabilities
Ton Coffeng Contact in the Therapy of Trauma and Dissociation
Dion Van Werde Prouty's Pre-Therapy and Contact-work with a Broad Range of Persons' Pre-expressive Functioning.
PART THREE: The Wider Context and Links to the Other Conditions
Peter F. Schmid Presence: Im-media-te co-experiencing and co-responding. Phenomenological, dialogical and ethical perspectives on contact and perception in person-centred therapy and beyond
Shellee Davis Psychological Contact Through Person-Centered Expressive Arts
Dominic Davies and Maggie Aykroyd Sexual Orientation and Psychological Contact
Ivan Ellingham Madness and Mysticism in Perceiving the Other: Towards a radical organismic, person-centred interpretation
Rose Cameron In the Space Beween
Regina Stamatiadis Sharing Life Therapy: A personal and extended way of being with clients
Pete Sanders and Gill Wyatt Contact and Perception: A beginning
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. Whilst it is understandable that in the past few decades there was a focus on the so-called 'core' conditions of empathy, acceptance and authenticity, the revolutionary statement that Rogers posited was that there were six conditions that were 'necessary and sufficient for therapeutic growth' -- and that this was independent of the therapeutic approach or technique adopted. Until recently conditions one and six -- that two persons are in psychological contact and that the central conditions are to a minimum degree perceived by the client -- have been neglected. This volume helps to address this gap. Rob Hooper, Open Studies Fellow in Counselling, Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, October 2002.