Twenty years after his death, PCCS Books celebrates the life and work of Carl Rogers with the long-awaited second edition of the much-acclaimed biography by Howard Kirschenbaum, On Becoming Carl Rogers. This completely re-written and re-titled edition extends to over 700 pages and includes a more detailed personal and professional history, an evaluation of the Wisconsin years and a full account of the last decade of Rogers' life.The years that followed the publication of the first edition of Carl Rogers' biography in 1979 turned out to be one of the most important periods of his career. Until now this work has not been widely known. Now, more than a quarter of a century after the first edition, Kirschenbaum has added deeper understanding of Rogers' contributions to psychology, the helping professions and society. On a personal level, access to recently revealed private papers tells us much more about Carl Rogers the man than was known to many of his closest associates. Brought to us by a masterly biographer whose own understanding of Carl Rogers, psychotherapy, education, and the human condition has matured over the intervening years. This much-anticipated second edition reflects a wiser and more balanced perspective of his subject. Now fully referenced, this is "The Life and Work of Carl Rogers" - no more, no less.
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Howard Kirschenbaum is a leading authority on the life and work of Carl Rogers. He is a national leader in the field of values education and character education, consulted by school systems and organisations around the country and the world. Howard received his Doctorate of Education from Temple University and is currently Chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Development and Frontier Professor of School, Family and Community Relations in the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester, New York. He is co-author of 22 books on education, psychology and history, including: Values Clarification: A handbook of practical strategies for teachers and students; 100 Ways to Enhance Values and Morality in Schools and Youth Settings; Skills for Living, a life-skills curriculum used with over one million high school students; Dear Kimara: A father's letter to his teenage daughter about sex; On Becoming Carl Rogers; Advanced Value Clarification; Developing Support Groups; Wad-Ja-Get? The grading game in American education; co-editor of The Carl Rogers Reader and Carl Rogers: Dialogues. He is the producer of the DVD 'Carl Rogers and the Person-Centered Approach'.Review:
'I couldn't put it down. I kept jumping from one part of the book to another and getting absorbed in the close research and the wonderful detail. I know the book took years to research, and now I can see why. Even reading the footnotes is absorbing.'Professor Dave MearnsThis book is absolutely essential reading for understanding Carl Rogers' achievements, humanity and frailties. It is of real interest to all therapists and educationalists where his writing and practice has been so influential-full of fascinating insights into his life and thinking. This book is the definitive biography of this leading figure whose influence in contemporary society extends so much further than person-centred therapy and psychology for which he is best known.Professor Tim Bond,University of Bristol. Past Chair of British Association for Counselling.
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