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Basic Counselling Skills

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. 
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
Understanding the Internal Frame of Reference
Showing Attention and Interest
Paraphrasing and Reflecting Feelings
Starting, Structuring and Summarizing
Asking Questions
Offering Challenges and Feedback
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
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

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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