Basic Counselling Skills: A Helper's Manual

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SAGE, 2003 - Psychology - 206 pages
`An excellent book focusing on counselling skills for both helpers and beginner counsellors. Written in an easy-to-read and informative style' - Stephen Palmer, Director, Centre for Stress Management, London and City University

`Basic Counselling Skills is a "master-class" in the subject. It brings its readers systematically through the full range of skills needed to be a counsellor and adds some skills that the traditional and well-established texts do not include' - Michael Carroll, Visiting Industrial Professor, University of Bristol

`If a basic counselling skills course were to use no other book than this, students would leave with a solid foundation in Counselling Skills and the ability to be competent helpers' - Gladeana McMahon, FBACP, part-time Senior Lecturer, Diploma and MA Programmes, University of East London

Basic Counselling Skills is a step-by-step guide for all who use counselling skills as part of their role. Counselling skills are used by professionals and volunteers to help others in a wide range of circumstances and settings - including health care, social work, education and agencies, which provide specific advice and support to the public. The supports the training and practice of such helpers, by providing a straightforward introduction to counselling skills.

Divided into concise learning units, the book describes each skill and gives examples of its use in practice. Activities are also provided for practising skills as they are introduced. The skills covered include:

- active and attentive listening

- structuring the helping process

- offering challenges and giving feedback

- facilitating problem-solving

- practical strategies for changing thinking, feeling and communication

- ending the relationship.


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Basic Counselling Skills: A Helper's Manual is an excellent read and informative text for introduction to counselling and helping. It's style of authorship is superb, presenting each high points of the book sequentially and in a manner that makes it easy to remember and adopt. I recommend this book to students and helpers as part of their must read. Rev. Clarence R. Pearson, Sr. B.Th, M.A. and Candidate for PhD in Psychology and Christian Counselling, Louisiana Baptist University, USA  

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What are basic counselling skills?
Approaches to counselling and helping
Helpers and clients as diverse persons
The helping relationship
The helping process
Understanding the internal frame of reference
Showing attention and interest
Paraphrasing and reflecting feelings
Training clients in relaxation
Improving clients selftalk
Improving clients rules
Improving clients perceptions
Negotiating homework
Conducting middle sessions
Terminating helping
Multicultural and genderaware helping

Starting and structuring
Asking questions
Offering challenges and feedback
Managing resistances and making referrals
Facilitating problem solving
Coaching demonstrating and rehearsing
Ethical issues and dilemmas
Becoming more skilled
Annotated bibliography
Professional associations in Britain Australia

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About the author (2003)

Richard Nelson-Jones was born in London in 1936. Having spent five years in California as a Second World War refugee, he returned in the 1960s to obtain a Masters and Ph.D from Stanford University. In 1970, he was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Aston to establish a Diploma in Counselling in Educational Settings, which started enrolling students in 1971. During the 1970s, he was helped by having three Fulbright Professors from the United States, each for a year, who both taught students and improved his skills. During this period he broadened out from a predominantly client-centred orientation to becoming much more cognitive-behavioural. He also wrote numerous articles and the first edition of what is now The Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy, which was published in 1982. In addition, he chaired the British Psychological Society's Working Party on Counselling and, in1982, became the first chairperson of the BPS Counselling Psychology Section.

In 1984, he took up a position as a counselling and later counselling psychology trainer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he became an Associate Professor. He continued writing research articles, articles on professional issues and books, which were published in London and Sydney. As when he worked at Aston University, he also counselled clients to keep up his skills. In 1997, he retired from RMIT and moved to Chiang Mai in Thailand. There, as well as doing some counselling and teaching, he has continued as an author of counselling and counselling psychology textbooks. A British and Australian citizen, he now divides his time between Chiang Mai and London and regularly visits Australia.

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