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Available in the UK for the first time in paperback, this 2007 second edition of Howard Kirschenbaum's biography of Carl Rogers extends to over 700 pages and includes a more detailed personal and professional history, an evaluation of the Wisconsin years and a full account of the last decade of Rogers' life. The years that followed the publication of the first edition of Carl Rogers' biography in 1979 turned out to be one of the most important periods of his career. Until now this work has not been widely known. Now, more than a quarter of a century after the first edition, Kirschenbaum has added deeper understanding of Rogers' contributions to psychology, the helping professions and society. On a personal level, access to recently revealed private papers tells us much more about Carl Rogers the man than was known to many of his closest associates. Brought to us by a masterly biographer whose own understanding of Carl Rogers, psychotherapy, education, and the human condition has matured over the intervening years. This much-anticipated second edition reflects a wiser and more balanced perspective of his subject. Now fully referenced, this is the life and work of Carl Rogers - no more, no less.
Childhood and Youth: Suburban Childhood, Youth on a Farm, High School and Beyond.
College Years: From Agriculture to Religion, Trip to China, Interim, History Major, Carl and Helen.
The New York City Years: Union Theological Seminary, Personal Life, Columbia University, Institute for Child Guidance, Move to Rochester.
The Rochester Years: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Environmental Treatment, Education, Persuasion and Release, Psychoanalysis, Interpretive Therapy, Otto Rank and Relationship Therapy, Clinical Treatment of the Problem Child, Professional Activities, Personal Life, Move to Ohio.
The Ohio Years: The New Professor, Counseling and Psychotherapy, The Client, The Non-Directive Method, The First Research, Recording Psychotherapy, Implementing the Method, Initial Impact, Working with Graduate Students, Personal Life, Professional Activities, Wartime Work, Move to Chicago.
The Chicago Years: Part One: Getting Started, From Non-directive to Client-Centered, Speaking Personally, The Counseling Center, A Character Sketch, Becoming Congruent.
The Chicago Years: Part Two: Congruence Continued, Unconditional Positive Regard, Necessary and Sufficient Conditions, Research on Psychotherapy, Professional Reputation, Personal Life, Developing Theory, Move to Wisconsin.
Freud, Skinner and Rogers—Three Forces in Psychology: Freud, Rogers and Human Nature, Skinner, Gestalt and Humanistic Psychology, The Rogers-Skinner Debates, Rogers and the CIA, Other Dialogues, Integration and New Developments.
The Wisconsin Years: The Schizophrenia Research Project, The Conflict in Wisconsin, The Schizophrenia Project Results, Relationships in Wisconsin, Personal Life, Professional Travel, On Becoming a Person, The Fully Functioning Person, Persons or Science, Widening Applications, Further Recognition, Move to California.
The California Years—Encounter Groups and Education: At Home, WBSI, The Behavioral Sciences, Encounter Groups, On Encounter Groups, Center for Studies of the Person, Personal Life, Teaching and Learning, Freedom to Learn, Changing Educational Systems, Professional Honors.
The California Years—Personal and Political Awakenings: Youthful Relationships, The Person of Tomorrow, Becoming Partners, Older and Growing, Political Awakening, Person-Centered Workshops, On Personal Power, Personal Relationships, Physical and Mental Health, Spiritual Journey.
The California Years—Peacemaking: Cross-Cultural Work, Developments in the Person-Centered Approach, Peacemaking, A Way of Being.
Epilogue: Following Rogers, Historical Importance, Expanding Publications, Proliferating Organizations, Evolving Research, Competing Paradigms, The Future of the Person-Centered Approach.
‘Absolutely essential reading for understanding Carl Rogers’ achievements, humanity and frailties – full of fascinating insights into his life and thinking. It is of real interest to all therapists and educationalists where his writing and practice have been so influential. This is the definitive biography of a leading figure whose influence in contemporary society extends so much further than person-centred therapy and psychology for which he is best known.’
Tim Bond, Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol and former Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
‘A fascinating and complex picture of the life and work of a man who never sought followers but continues to inspire many.’
Elke Lambers, former Chair of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling
‘Kirschenbaum’s biography not only covers Rogers’ entire life, but also puts that extraordinary life and work into the kind of perspective that only time and maturity can provide. This is an outstanding resource and a “must read” for mental health students and professionals, and for the lay public.’
Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D., ABPP, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Akron and former President of the American Psychological Association