Towards a person-centred ‘culture’: the use of community development approaches in the Independent Youth Counselling Service in West Belfast

P. Henry, E. McArdle, Caryl Sibbett

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    Abstract

    This paper is drawn from a qualitative study of clients, counsellors and the supervisors views of the value and impact of the Independent Youth Counselling Service (IYCS) in West Belfast. Data collection combined semi-structured interviews, focus groups and an open-ended questionnaire. The findings indicate the significance of factors above and beyond the person-centred counselling experience, in maximising the potential for growth and development for clients and counsellors. This holistic approach to counselling service provision employs a body of community development processes, which collectively combine to embed the counselling service in a complementary principled approach. This paper explores how these community development features bolster the counselling experience to promote a culture of person-centeredness, thereby increasing the empowerment of the client.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-76
    Number of pages20
    JournalScottish Youth Issues Journal
    Volume9
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

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