"In Conversation" Series

The "In Conversation" series represents an important component of our portfolio, featuring as it does key theorists and writers talking to Frank Wills about their ideas and development. These DVDs represent a significant archive for UK counselling and will be of value to any student of counselling. This entire "In Conversation" series is also available as a complete set at a specially discounted price, thus providing a valuable archive of key counselling theorists. 

Gerard Egan in Conversation. Gerard Egan’s Skilled Helper Model has had a profound impact on the way in which helpers offer help, and the way in which they think about their work. By identifying different stages within the helping process, and then outlining specific skills appropriate to each of those stages, he has developed a model which is flexible, easy to understand and which makes sound sense – and which provides a "map" for helpers and counsellors throughout the world. 

This video offers the chance to explore Gerard’s original ideas and their development. In his books he does not write much about himself, but in this conversation with Frank Wills we have the opportunity to experience how his ideas fit with him as a person.

Running Time: 43 minutes 


Bond in Conversation
Tim Bond in Conversation. Tim Bond has played a leading role in the development of ethical practice in counselling - both in the UK and throughout the world. A former chair of the BACP, an academic and a counsellor, his key work, 'Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action', awoke counsellors and psychotherapists alike to the growing need for ethical and accountable practice. 

His work in the development of the BACP Ethical Framework has, again, offered clear guidance to all practitioners and provides a clear structure against which challenging and complex issues can be understood and resolved. In this video he talks about his background, the development of his ideas and their future development.

Running Time: 61 minutes

Dorothy Rowe in Conversation. One of the biggest changes to have taken place in the mental health field has been that regarding the treatment of depression. Fifty years ago, the vast majority of people who came for help with depression would have been offered drug treatment with a psychiatrist. This treatment was buttressed by a number of key assumptions - that depression was a physical, organic "illness", that this organic illness needed to be treated physically, that this physical treatment should be dispensed and/or supervised by psychiatrists, and that the patient had little role in this treatment. 

Each of these assumptions had to be unpicked, challenges and amended and Dorothy Rowe has played a notable role in this reformulation, in challenging the primacy of the medical model, suggesting alternative approaches and empowering patients to be active in the treatment process. In this video she talks about the origin and development of her ideas, her interest in depression and the impact that her writing has had.

Running Time 68 Minutes

Inskipp & Proctor in Conversation
Francesca Inskipp and Brigid Proctor in Conversation. Francesca Inskipp and Brigid Proctor have had a profound impact on the world of counselling and it’s undeniable that, without them, counselling in the UK simply wouldn’t be what it is today. In the 1970s and 1980s they made pioneering contributions to counselling training. Francesca broadcast the well-known Principles of Counselling series on BBC Radio and her handbook on Training in Counselling Skills was so unique - and valuable – that there was a time when it seemed as if it was being used by just about every trainer in Britain! Brigid wrote the highly influential Counselling Shop, which drew the public’s attention to the fact that there were many different types of counselling - and that counselling itself was rather more than a process that simply helped people get things off their chest.

As counselling became more established the need for supervision also became apparent and this was another field in which they made major contributions with books such as the “Art and Craft of Counselling Supervision” and “Group Supervision”. In this interview with Frank Wills they talk about the “birth” of counselling in Britain, it’s development over subsequent years, the developments they would like to see take place in the future and the vital role played by supervision.

Running Time 77 Minutes

Dave Mearns in Conversation. Dave Mearns has been a key figure in the world of person centred counselling and the impact of his work has been of wide ranging significance. Person Centred Counselling in Action, which he co-authored with Brian Thorne, was a ground breaking publication and his subsequent work has firmly established his reputation as a leading theorist and researcher. In this video he is seen in conversation with Frank Wills, talking about his work, his ideas and the way in which those ideas have developed. 

Frank also uses his experience of Cognitive Therapy to explore the differences between Cognitive Therapy and Person Centred Counselling - and to hi-light the ways in which different approaches can complement and support each other. 

You can read a review of this video here.
Running time 59 minutes



Jacobs in Conversation
Michael Jacobs in Conversation.  Michael Jacobs’ work has made a significant contribution to the development of counselling in Britain and, since the publication of his first book “Still Small Voice” in 1982, he has produced a wide range of high quality, influential books on pastoral and psychodynamic counselling. His “Presenting Past”, currently in its second edition, is seen by many as being the core textbook on psychodynamics but all his work is notable for being extremely user friendly, with complex ideas being presented in a manner which makes them easy to grasp and understand. 

He makes strong links between theory and practice, giving examples which are immediately accessible to the reader, and the consequential popularity of his work shows no sign of diminishing. In this video he is seen in conversation with Frank Wills, talking about his work, his ideas, and the way in which his thinking has developed over the years.  

Running time 79 minutes