Person Centered Theory of Group Development discussion

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Person Centered ( Carl Rogers )Theory of Group Development and write a reaction paper that includes:

1.Correct use of APA editorial style and graduate level writing skills

2.A minimum of 12 references from journals, not older than 10 years

3.Minimum of 12 content pages DOES NOT INCLUDE COVER PAGE/REFERENCE

4.Discussion of theorist(s), theoretical concepts

5.Techniques and application to specific populations

6.Group leader roles and responsibilities

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Person Centered Theory of Group Development
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The person-centred theory is a form of a therapeutic intervention that is aimed at treating
patients through Psychotherapy. Carl Rogers in his theory of person Centered approach emphasises
that the client is responsible for his or her therapy. The patient can be in control of a therapy
session. The therapist, in this case, is but merely a support system. The client can realize their full
potential, but it’s also the work of the therapist to be empathetic to the patient and help the person
to achieve their full potential. It is thus critical to note that a person-centered Approach to
psychotherapy is mostly patient based and gives more emphasis to the patient rather than to the
therapists. The patient is the one who is in control. This paper tries to develop an in-depth analysis
of the theoretical concepts of Person-centered approach, the roles of the group leader. Additionally,
the article will highlight the techniques used in Person-centered theory and how they apply to
different populations.
Carl Rogers upholds that it is critical to ensure that an individual can attain selfactualization by him or herself. Growth at this stage is paramount. When a patient can undergo
therapy and build themselves with regards to their self-actualization, then they can become the
best version of themselves. The Patient requiring treatment must be able to consider certain things
if they hope to grow, (Shahar, 2017). It is paramount for the patient to be able to trust the
therapists and be free. When the patient is not free, it is going to be extremely hard for the therapist
and the patient to understand each other. The therapists need to show empathy to his or her client.
Regardless of the patient’s problematic and emotional breakdown, the therapists must be able to
treat the patient with Empathy for the therapy to work accordingly.



Theorist of the Person-Centered Theory.
Carl Rogers is the theorist who founded the person Centered Theory. His theory was mainly
constructed from self-identity, growth, and actualization. The approach was developed in 1940 to
be apple to reject other theories by Freud and Bloomfield, that is the psychoanalysis theory and
the Behaviorism theory. Other theorists whose concepts have been seen as crucial to the study of
Person Centered theory are Kurt Goldstein with his systems theory and Clark Moustakas.
Carl Rogers studied psychology and its relations to the field of therapy and that where he
got the idea. His assumptions mainly were built on Abraham Maslow’s theory and concepts.
Rogers upheld that Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs was essential to his approach. Maslow’s
hierarchy stops at the Self-actualization stage where an individual aims at exploring one's full
potential and creative abilities and activities. From this stage, Carl Rogers’s theory was first
named, client-centered but was later developed to Person-centered approach.
Clark Moustakas, Abraham Maslow, and Carl Rogers: Humanistic Approach
The humanistic approach in psychology just as Person Centered theory, came to rise to
oppose the psychoanalytic and Behaviorism theory. The humanistic theory sees it worthwhile that
each had a unique quality that made them inherently good, (Rogers, 2015). All human beings,
when given a chance can achieve so much more than they would have taught.
Maslow, Rogers, and Moustakas suggested that human beings can make their own choices
without necessarily being driven by others. This shows that humans are responsible for human
beings. Additionally, human beings can set their personal goals from themselves and work towards
achieving them. Thirdly and most importantly is the notion that humans are naturally aware of
what they are doing and when they are doing an action.



Theoretical Concepts
There are a couple of theoretical concepts linked and used by Carl Rogers in explaining his
theory. Theoretical concepts also help to introduce other theories and Frameworks that may be
connected to the method of Person-Centered Theory. Theoretical concepts also determine what
thought entail and what are the significant aspects of the theory. The person Centered theory has
three main principles that govern it as a form of psychotherapy. These Principles include:

Genuineness or Congruent


Unconditional Positive Regard




Conditions of self-worth and Growth

a) Genuineness or Congruent
The basic Premise in this principle is the aspect of being true to the Patient. As a therapist,
it is essential to know that to be able to help a patient, and one has to be able to tell the patient the
truth about what they are going through, There is no need to filter some information from the
patient all in a bid to falter them. The fact might be hard for a patient to accept, but it will go a
long way in helping them grow...

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Tutor went the extra mile to help me with this essay. Citations were a bit shaky but I appreciated how well he handled APA styles and how ok he was to change them even though I didnt specify. Got a B+ which is believable and acceptable.

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