Research into the organisation, training and effectiveness of counsellors who work for free

Joe Armstrong, John McLeod

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The activities of voluntary or ‘paraprofessional’ counsellors, who work for free, represent a highly significant component of the delivery of psychological therapy in Britain and other countries. However, in recent years there has been relatively little published research into issues associated with the provision of service by counsellors who work on a voluntary part‐time basis, and who typically receive limited training and supervision. This paper introduces a special theme section on counselling in the voluntary sector, which highlights some recent examples of research into the context, organisation, training and effectiveness of such counsellors. Some suggestions are made concerning the research agenda for counselling in the voluntary sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003


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