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“ There is nothing so practical as a good theory. ” - Kurt Lewin

                                                               Therapists, mentors & coaches: an introduction


key points: 


1.)  what makes some psychotherapists, counsellors, mentors & coaches more helpful than others? 


2.)  links are provided to five ways of increasing therapist helpfulness - feedback, therapeutic alliance, expectancy & hope, deliberate practice & therapist resilience.


"The secret of patient care is caring for the patient."  William Osler

"No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."  John Donne

"Friendship is the single most important factor influencing our health, well-being, and happiness."  Robin Dunbar, Oxford emeritus professor of evolutionary psychology 

These are ... 

More to follow ... 


Now what can we best do about all these findings?  I said I would suggest responses informed by Self-determination theory, Self-identity theory, and Dunbar's Layered model of social network structure.  So  2.)  Here's a link to the next section of this chapter - Social networks: the value of a self-determination theory lens .  3.)  Here's a link to the two-part third section - Social networks: social identity & the importance of both formal & informal group memberships (background) and Social networks: social identity & the importance of both formal & informal group memberships (what can we do?).  And  4.)  Here's a link to the three-part fourth & last section - Social networks: Dunbar's 5-15-50-150 model (support clique/closest relationships)Social networks: Dunbar's 5-15-50-150 model (sympathy group & full active network) and Social networks: Dunbar's 5-15-50-150 model (assessing how we're doing).  All three of these sections give you overlapping & helpful ways of understanding personal relationship networks, assessing how one is doing, and clarifying ways of looking after & growing the health of one's relationships. 

And here's a link that will take you back to the full list of book chapters.



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