Person Centred Theory Essay

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Carl Rogers proposed six therapeutic conditions necessary for therapeutic growth. He also claimed that if these exist consistently over a period of time they will be sufficient for growth. Discuss. Introduction In discussing the six Therapeutic conditions, also known as the’ Core Conditions’, that Carl Rogers believed were necessary for therapeutic growth, I will be exploring who was Carl Rogers, what his philosophy was, what he believed were the’ Core Conditions’, how they fitted into his philosophy and how the process of therapeutic growth works. I will also discuss what developments have taken place since his death and how the academic world regards his thoughts and philosophy on therapeutic growth. Once I have established the above I will discuss the academic critics’ thoughts on Rogers Core Conditions and my opinions on ‘Person Centred Therapy’. Who was Carl Rogers? Carl Rogers was born 8th January 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was born fourth child of six children. He has described his childhood as ‘anti-intellectual’ which was dominated by a religiosity of the fundamentalist type. When Rogers was twelve years old his family moved from suburbia to a farm and it was during this time, that through his father’s decision to run the farm on a scientific basis, Rogers developed an interest in agriculture which lead him to enter Agricultural College at the University of Wisconsin in 1919. While at College Rogers felt a religious calling and began training to become a Protestant minister, he graduated in 1924 and enrolled at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. From there he transferred to Teachers College at Columbia University where he enrolled to study counselling rather than strictly religious aspect of his ministerial profession. He subsequently focused on clinical and educational psychology, writing his doctoral dissertation on
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