Basic Counselling Skills: A Helper's Manual
From leading skills expert Richard Nelson-Jones, this third edition remains the most accessible and practical introduction to the basic counselling skills essential for the helping professions.
Steeped in vivid case examples, experimental activities and therapeutic dialogue, this book provides a thorough, step-by-step guide to the subject, working through each stage of the helping process.
The key skills covered include:
- Starting, structuring and summarizing the helping process
- Active listening
- Offering challenges and feedback
- Facilitating problem solving
- Improving clients' self-talk, rules and perceptions
- Coaching, demonstrating and rehearsing
- Managing resistance and changing referrals
- Conducting middle sessions and terminating help
Accessible, practical and concise, this bestselling book also discusses ethical issues and dilemmas, multicultural and gender aware helping, providing a master class for anyone using counselling skills in the course of their work.
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1 Who are counsellors and helpers?
2 What are basic counselling skills?
3 Helpers and clients as diverse persons
4 What you bring to counselling and helping
5 The helping relationship
6 The helping process
II Specific counselling skills
7 Understanding the internal frame of reference
17 Coaching demonstrating and rehearsing
18 Training clients in relaxation
19 Improving clients selftalk
20 Improving clients rules
21 Improving clients perceptions
22 Negotiating homework
23 Conducting middle sessions
24 Terminating helping
8 Showing attention and interest
9 Paraphrasing and reflecting feelings
10 Starting structuring and summarizing
11 Asking questions
13 Offering challenges and feedback
15 Managing resistances and making referrals
16 Facilitating problem solving