This book provides the answers to that all- important question: what are personal and professional development and why are they necessary for counsellors? This new edition explores: @! the importance of personal development and the core concepts that underpin it@! the aims, commonalities and differences of personal development in different settings and levels of training@! the key differences in theoretical approaches and their implications for personal development@! communication and relationships between counsellors and professional organizations, society, and the 'virtual' world, with all its demands on identity, privacy and congruence.@! the trainee and trainer and the challenges of personal development.Packed full of vivid accounts of personal experiences, questions and points for reflection, this book will prove an essential companion for anyone wishing to grow personally and professionally as a therapist. Hazel Johns is a Fellow of BACP, and has been for many years a trainer, supervisor and BACP-accredited counsellor.