John Heron, Helping the Client: A
Creative, Practical Guide, London, Sage Publications, 2001
A wonderful book. John Heron's writing is
clear and his depth of counselling experience is
evident. He tackles the immense and difficult issues of responsibility and
power within a helping relationship with great sensitivity and insight.
Those who claim to have counselling among
their skills should read this book and reflect on
their own practice. This would in itself be a growth experience for many.
British Journal of Psychiatry
The author rewards one with a wealth of
interventions which are, as the subtitle suggests,
very creative but also very practical. Nursing
Helping the Client
the bestselling text that has long been used as the basis of interpersonal
skills training in a wide range of professions - from medicine to management.
Based on John Heron's well-known six category model, the book presents different
forms of helping behaviour that can be adopted by any practitioner working
face-to-face with a patient or client.
Drawing on his many years of experience as a
therapist, consultant and teacher, the author explores the contexts and issues
associated with these different forms of helping and, for each, describes a wide
range of practical interventions for the practitioner to use. He examines the
objectives of helping, states of personhood, the many ways in which helping can
degenerate, the preparation and training of the practitioner, and examples of
how the interventions can be used by different occupational groups.
This fifth edition of the book originally
entitled Six Category Intervention Analysis has been revised and
expanded throughout, with new chapters on training and on co-counselling. It
remains essential reading for the development of interpersonal skills in
counselling, management, health care, social work, youth and community work,
education, and many other professions.
Introduction \ Preparation for helping \ Client
categories and states \ Prescriptive interventions \ Informative interventions \
Confronting interventions \ Cathartic interventions \ Catharsis and
transmutation \ Catalytic interventions \ Supportive interventions \ Basic
interventions \ Phases and sequencing \ Degenerate and perverted interventions \
Six category training \ Teaching interpersonal skills \ Co-counselling \
References \ Index
The Complete Facilitator's Handbook,
London, Kogan Page, 1999
The model presented in this book
provides a key to successful facilitation. Originating at the Human Potential
Research Project, University of Surrey, and rooted in the realities of
facilitator training, this model has been continuously developed for over 25
years, and is committed to empowering whole people in highly flexible learning
environments. Analytical and well structured, it relates six basic learning
dimensions to three primary forms of decision-making, and within this framework
offers an extensive repertoire for practical action. It provides essential
support for facilitators to develop their own style and build effective skills
relevant to the diverse situations they encounter. As well as practical
guidance, there is strong theoretical content, covering group dynamics,
facilitator authority, experiential and whole person learning, personal
charisma, co-operative inquiry and social change. The appendix applies the whole
model, in detail to the manager as facilitator.
Dimensions and modes of facilitation \
Authority, autonomy and holism \ Whole person learning \ The group dynamic \ The
planning dimension \ The meaning dimension \ Co-operative inquiry \ Peer review
audit \ Peer support groups \ The confronting dimension \ The feeling dimension
\ Charismatic education and training \ The structuring dimension \ Varieties of
the experiential learning cycle \ The valuing dimension \ Learning to be a whole
person\ Approaches to social change \ The creation of a facilitator style \
Appendix: The manager as facilitator
Science: Person-centred Inquiry into the Spiritual and the Subtle
PCCS Books, 1998
This cutting-edge book breaks new ground in transpersonal psychology.
It argues for a people-based, person-centred religion which holds that spiritual
authority is within each individual, and that spiritual initiation is a path
of lived inquiry, for which all traditional systems are a secondary resource.
Topics covered include:
� The emergence of a self-generating spiritual
culture of independent pathfinders.
� An affirmation of the person as
a real spiritual presence on the crest of divine becoming.
� The nature
of long-term lived inquiry, and of short-term co-operative inquiry, into the spiritual
and the subtle.
� A radical account of what happens when inner spiritual
authority is projected outward on to traditions, texts and teachers, with
an expose of the authoritarianism in spiritual traditions.
� A critique
of the gender-laden theory of a perennial philosophy.
� A practical, working
model of internal spiritual authority, to dialogue with the reader's working
� An exploration of the issues involved in do-it-yourself subtle
� A provisional new dipolar map of the spiritual
and the subtle, and a critique of other maps.
� A new classification of
methods of inner transformation, and a critique of a traditional Buddhist approach.
� Reports of eleven short-term co-operative inquiries into the spiritual
and the subtle, showing how the method works.
� A presentation of a
participatory worldview, with the paradigm of participatory inquiry and a sketch
of a dipolar theology of embodiment.
Sacred Science will be of interest
to all those who believe in the emergence of the self-determining human
spirit within the field of religious belief and practice. It is written for the
general reader, yet specialists in transpersonal studies will find that it addresses
critical issues at a sophisticated level.
Part 1: Perspectives of lived inquiry
\ Introduction and background \ Spiritual inquiry and projected authority \ Spiritual
inquiry and the authority within \ Issues in subtle inquiry \ The challenge
of cartography \ A dipolar map of the spiritual and the subtle \ Methods for
the second form of spiritual transformation
Part 2: Co-operative inquiry reports
\ Procedures \ Reports, adequacy and viability \ Spatiotemporal extensions \
of the other reality \ The bliss nature and transtemporal regression
\ Knacks in entering altered states \ Charismatic expression \ Transpersonal
activities in everyday life \ Transpersonal inquiry within a self-generating
culture \ Ritual and interpersonal process \ Empowerment in everyday life and group
life \ Co-creating \ Coming into being \ Epilogue to Part 2
Part 3: A participatory worldview
\ Participatory research \ Participatory theology and cosmology
John Heron, Co-operative Inquiry: Research into the Human
Condition, London, Sage Publications, 1996
This is a comprehensive tour of the theory
and practice of co-operative inquiry, written by its inventor. It is clear and
well-written, practically useful and theoretically solid....This is a
stimulating and possibly life-changing book, as well as a practical manual on
how to set up and operate a co-operative inquiry. Ian
This is the first book to give a comprehensive account of co-operative
inquiry, a way of doing research with people, in which all those involved
combine the roles of both researcher and subject. Co-operative inquiry
is a wide-ranging and distinct form of participative research in which
people use the full range of their sensibilities to inquire together into
any aspect of the human condition.
The purpose of the book is twofold. First, to provide detailed practical
guidance for any peer group wishing to use the method. The text covers:
- Main ways of setting up inquiry groups.
- Different types of co-operative inquiry.
- A wide range of inquiry topics.
- Four principal kinds of inquiry outcome.
- Ways of enabling three strands of development in an inquiry group.
- Main stages of the inquiry cycle, with the key issues for practice at each
- Special inquiry skills involved.
- A set of procedures used to enhance the validity of the process.
- The main parameters of research cycling.
The second purpose of the book is to provide a substantial theoretical
background to the practice of co-operative inquiry. The topics include:
- A history of the method, with precursors and a cultural genealogy.
- The underlying participative paradigm.
- Epistemic and political aspects of participation and research method.
- The extended epistemology involved in co-operative inquiry.
- The primacy of the practical, and the nature of participative knowing.
- A revision of the concepts of truth and validity.
- Integral and radical empiricism, and an account of the postconceptual worldview.
- A critique of positivist science and of medical research.
- Arguments for the use of co-operative inquiry.
Co-operative Inquiry will encourage and support the large number
of people, at all levels, throughout academia, the helping professions
and in the wider community, who are looking for a way of doing research,
whether in social or natural science, that is both wide-ranging and has
an authentic human face. It commends a form of inquiry which makes participative
forms of knowing and decision-making central to its method
Introduction \ Research Method and Participation \ Overview of Co-operative
Inquiry \ Initiating an Inquiry Group \ Stages of the Inquiry Cycle \ Inquiry
Outcomes \ Radical Memory and Inquiry Skills \ Validity Procedures \ Validity
and Beyond \ A Postconceptual Worldview \ Arguments for Co-operative Inquiry
John Heron, Feeling and
Personhood: Psychology in Another Key, London, Sage Publications,
book is a refreshing 'counter-text' for introductory psychology courses. Most
students will love it and voluntarily do many of the exercises; most professors
will be troubled by it and resist doing the exercises. The book generates and
welcomes dialogue. In short, a truly educational book! Will bring the course
alive. Professor William R. Torbert, Boston College, Massachusetts
John Heron presents a radical new
theory of the person, in which feeling differentiated from emotion, becomes the
distinctive feature of personhood. The author explorers the application of his
ideas to living and learning, and the text includes numerous experiential
Heron considers how the person develops through various states and stage and
contrasts the restricted ego with integrated personhood. Central to his analysis
are interrelationships between four basic psychological modes - affective,
imaginal, conceptual and practical. In particular, feeling is seen as the ground
and potential from which all other aspects of the psyche emerge - emotion,
intuition, imaging of all kinds, reason, discrimination, intention and action.
Heron also shows the fundamental relation of his ideas to theory and practice in
transpersonal psychology and philosophy.
In the last part of the book the author examines the implications of his
theory for understanding and enhancing both formal and life learning.
Feeling and Persoonbood will be essential reading for psychologists,
educationalists, counsellors, psychotherapists and all those who believe it is
time for a challenging alternative to traditional reason-centred and ego-bound
Theory of the Person: Preliminaries \
Theory of the Person: Overview \ States of Personhood \ The Ego \ The Affective Mode: Feeling \ The
Aftective Mode: Emotion \ The lmaginal Mode \ The Psyche and its Worlds \ A One-Many Reality \ Jung,
Kolb and Wilber \ Life Cycles and Learning Cycles \ A Brief Look at Learning \
Formal Learning Cycles \ The Reality-Creating Learning Cycle