Client ­ Centered Therapy Is Developed By Psychologist Carl Rogers

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Overview of Theory
Client­Centered Therapy was developed by psychologist Carl Rogers in the 20 th century.
“Rogers is seen by many as one of the foundational thinkers in the development of human psychology, even as one of the most generally influential psychologists of the 20th century” (DR. DIETZ’S BOOK)
It is a descriptive theory focused on the relationships between practitioner and client rather than prescriptive theory telling the practitioner what to do. The central ideas to the client­centered theory were not new when Rogers introduced them. Mary Richmond was the first person to acknowledge the importance of the qualities in practitioners when interacting with clients. Rogers originally called his technique non­directive therapy as his goal was to be as non­directive as possible. He eventually realized that this was impossible as clients often look to practitioners for some sort of guidance or direction. Rogers believed that people have the ability to become the best people that they can be with a desire to fulfill their potential.
Presence in Social Work
Rogers’ client­centered therapy has been around for approximately sixty years and continues to have a presence today in the social work community. At the time of it’s discovery, it reaffirmed familiar social work principles while positively impacting social work practice and education (DR. DIETZ’S
BOOK). In the social work practice it is still highly recommended that in order to be an…
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