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A Brief Primer of Helping Skills



January 2008 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book is a brief primer of essential helping skills for students and professionals in the helping professions. The book contains a brief chapter on theory that provides an overview of the language used in therapy as well as the various approaches used by helping professionals. It then covers the core skills, standard interventions, nature of relationships, developing rapport, as well as important issues regarding assessment and formulating a diagnosis.
 
Preface
 
Ch 1: Learning Helping Skills
Why be a Helper?

 
Changes in the Field

 
A Daunting Journey

 
Making a Difference

 
Personal Qualities

 
Take Some Advice

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
Further Reading

 
 
Ch 2: Theories of Helping
Internalizing Theories

 
What Theories Can Do For You

 
Theories You Should Know About

 
Conclusions About Theory

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 3: Processes and Stages
Stages of Helping

 
Stage I: Pretreatment

 
Stage II: Exploration

 
Stage III: Insight

 
Stage IV: Action

 
Stave V: Evaluation

 
Closure Issues

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 4: Helping Relationships
Reflect Back

 
Uses of the Helping Relationship

 
Customized Relationships

 
Basically Speaking

 
Practical Issues

 
Getting the Relationship Started

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 5: Exploration Skills
Internal Attitudes

 
Attending Behaviors

 
Practice Makes Perfect

 
Presenting Yourself

 
Listening

 
Time to Practice

 
Eliciting Information

 
Asking Questions

 
Assessing Strengths and Resources

 
Formulating Diagnoses

 
Assessing Risk

 
Responding to Content

 
Responding to Feelings

 
Try It Out

 
Facing Silence

 
Establishing Goals

 
Making the Transition to Action

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 6: Action Skills
A Check-off List

 
Ways of Taking Action

 
Planning an Intervention

 
Contracting for Change

 
Confrontation

 
Teaching People to Think Differently

 
Constructing Alternative Stories

 
Role-playing and Rehearsal

 
Behavioral Interventions

 
Giving Feedback

 
Using Imagery

 
Dealing With Resistance

 
Employing Adjuncts

 
When You Don't Have Enough Time

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 7: Brief Interventions
Some Cautionary Advice

 
Principles of Brief Intervention

 
A Different Way of Thinking About Change

 
An Abbreviated Process

 
Reframing Problems

 
Look for Exceptions

 
Find Out What Works

 
Miracle Question

 
A Single Session

 
Crisis Intervention

 
Choose Your Method Carefully

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 8: Leading Groups
Differences Between Group and Individual Sessions

 
Some Advantages and Disadvantages

 
Work With a Co-leader

 
When to Intervene in Groups

 
Practical Considerations in Running a Group

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 9: Looking at Yourself
Practicing What You Preach

 
Making Helping a Lifestyle

 
Ethical Issues

 
Getting the Most From Supervision

 
Joys of Helping

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
Index

 

Best choice of those considered

Dr Terry Lane
Counselor Education , acadia university
June 24, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5


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