The path towards mastery: phases and themes of development
Based on interviews of one hundred American practitioners, this chapter provides a brief revised description of phases of the professional development of therapists and counselors. The chapter also presents fourteen themes of therapist/counselors development.
Essential guidance for mental health professionals navigating the start of their helping careers
Written for those entering a career in the helping professions, Becoming a Therapist: On the Path to Mastery explores the therapeutic career path for new practitioners, painting a vivid portrait of the novice therapist's journey.
This practical book guides you in using the helping relationship to improve the lives of others, whether your chosen profession is in counseling, clinical psychology, social work, school counseling, addictions counseling, family therapy, medicine, community counseling, pastoral counseling, or academic advising.
Destined to become the resource every new practitioner turns to again and again, Becoming a Therapist prepares you for the reality of what it means to be a beginning therapist, with relevant discussion of:
* The fifteen indispensable qualities of every mental health professional
* The unfolding practitioner self
* Self-care for burnout prevention and resiliency development
* The importance of culturally competent practice to practitioner expertise
* Practice, research/theory, and personal life: the practitioner's learning triangle
* The significance of peer relationships in the novice experience
Steeped in author Thomas Skovholt's years of experience, Becoming a Therapist thoroughly and clearly illustrates the excitement, intensity, anxiety--and, ultimately, the satisfaction--you can expect as a helping professional.
From the contents
CHAPTER 1: OPENING UP YOUR LIFE TO THE EXCITEMENT OF THE THERAPY AND COUNSELING PROFESSIONS
CHAPTER 2: NOVICE ADVANTAGES
CHAPTER 3: THE CURSE OF AMBIGUITY AND OTHER ILLS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM
CHAPTER 4: WHO AM I BECOMING?
THE UNFOLDING PRACTITIONER SELF
CHAPTER 5: DEVELOPING HABITS OF CULTURALLY COMPETENT PRACTICE
Michael Goh, Thomas M. Skovholt, Ava Yang, and Michael Starkey
CHAPTER 6: ISSUES, CONCERNS, AND TIPS AS ANTIDOTES TO NOVICE STRESS
Chapter 7: BECOMING A RESILIENT PRACTITIONER
CHAPTER 8: THE CYCLE OF CARING
Thomas M. Skovholt and Michelle Trotter-Mathisen
CHAPTER 9: THE PRACTITIONER'S LEARNING TRIANGLE:
PRACTICE, RESEARCH/THEORY, AND PERSONAL LIFE
Thomas M. Skovholt and Michael Starkey
CHAPTER 10: THE PATH TOWARD MASTERY-- PHASES AND THEMES OF DEVELOPMENT
Thomas M. Skovholt and Michael H. Ronnestad
CHAPTER 11: PRACTITIONER MASTERY AND EXPERTISE
Thomas Skovholt, Mark Vaughan and Len Jennings
CHAPTER 12: VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL NURTURANCE FOR THE NOVICE---CLINICAL SUPERVISORS AND PEERS
Thomas M. Skovholt and Yoonhee Sung
CHARTER 13: WORLDS APART--THE ACADEMIC RESEARCH CULTURE AND THE PRACTICE CULTURE AND THE SEARCH FOR COMMON SPACE
CHAPTER 14: EPILOGUE---THE PROMISE AND MEANING OF THE WORK
Appendix A: Suggested Readings