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Basic Counselling Skills
A Helper's Manual

Third Edition
  • Richard Nelson-Jones - Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy


November 2011 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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 helping

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. 
 
Preface
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
Who Are Counsellors and Helpers?
 
What Are Basic Counselling Skills?
 
Helpers and Clients as Diverse Persons
 
What You Bring to Counselling and Helping
 
The Helping Relationship
 
The Helping Process
 
PART TWO: SPECIFIC COUNSELLING SKILLS
 
Understanding the Internal Frame of Reference
 
Showing Attention and Interest
 
Paraphrasing and Reflecting Feelings
 
Starting, Structuring and Summarizing
 
Asking Questions
 
Monitoring
 
Offering Challenges and Feedback
 
Self-Disclosing
 
Managing Resistances and Making Referrals
 
Facilitating Problem Solving
 
Coaching, Demonstrating and Rehearsing
 
Training Clients in Relaxation
 
Improving Clients' Self Talk
 
Improving Clients' Rules
 
Improving Clients' Perceptions
 
Negotiating Homework
 
Conducting Middle Sessions
 
Terminating Helping
 
PART THREE: FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS
 
Ethical Issues and Dilemmas
 
Multicultural and Gender Aware Helping
 
Getting Support and Being Supervised
 
Becoming more Skilled
 
Appendix 1: Annotated Bibliography
 
Appendix 2: Professional Associations in Britain, Australia and America
 
Index

This is a back-to-basics, down-to-earth, no-nonsense, concise and to the point summary of counseling skills. Theory, skills and practice blend together for a comprehensive overview of what skills underpin counseling.

Profession Michael Carroll
Visiting industrial Professor, University of Bristol

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