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Person-Centred Rehabilitation Counselling: Revisiting the Legacy of Carl Rogers

  • Ross Crisp (a1)


This article explores the relevance of Carl Rogers' person-centred approach (PCA) to rehabilitation counselling. His major theoretical contribution concerning the primacy of the client's actualising tendency and the six ‘core conditions’ of the counsellor–client relationship deserves greater recognition in vocational rehabilitation. The most widely known and researched core conditions have focused upon the proverbial triad: congruence (genuineness), unconditional positive regard and empathy. However, all six core conditions are discussed with emphasis placed on recent refinements to Rogers' original theory and their importance to rehabilitation counselling. Evidenced-based research concerning the impact of PCA-oriented rehabilitation counselling is lacking. It is argued that the efficacy of PCA can be extrapolated from meta-analyses in other fields of psychotherapy and education.


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*Address for correspondence: Ross Crisp, PhD, PO Box 1172, Croydon VIC 3136, Australia.
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The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling
  • ISSN: 1323-8922
  • EISSN: 1838-6059
  • URL: /core/journals/australian-journal-of-rehabilitation-counselling
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