What does it mean to be person centred? : a personal journey of exploration and discovery.
This dissertation comprises an introduction, seven previously published
papers dealing with aspects of psychodrama and the person-centred
approach, criticisms of the person-centred approach, an assessment of
my contribution to person-centred theory and practice and an
'afterword' which brings my exploration up to date. Although each of
the papers draws on my practical experience as a therapist, researcher
and educator, two of them are accounts of research, the others are
broadly 'conceptual'. They are presented in the context of an heuristic
journey which demonstrates my development as a person-centred
thinker and practitioner. The introduction establishes this over-arching
heuristic framework and gives my rationale for including these papers.
The papers are followed by a consideration of the criticisms of the
person-centred approach in which I show (with reference to the
literature) how, if I can, I answer these criticisms. In the penultimate
chapter I examine my papers in the light of some of the 'critical issues'
with respect to the person-centred approach.