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Psychotherapists and counsellors for social responsibility

Frizell, Caroline. 2014. ‘Work-life’ Counsellors for Social Responsibility : Summer 2014; pp. 27-30. Transformations: The Journal for Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, 2014(Summer), pp. 27-30. [Article]

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‘Work-life’ is an article in Transformations; the Journal for Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. In the article I outline the way in which my career as a therapist has unfolded.

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Unit for Psychotherapeutic Studies


DateEvent1 March 2014Accepted1 June 2014Published

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