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Basic Counselling Skills
A Helper's Manual

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


November 2015 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This practical bestseller from leading expert Richard Nelson-Jones introduces the essential counselling skills for the helping professions. Now in its fourth edition, it guides you through the key skills for helping work across a range of settings, such as counselling, nursing, social work, youth work, education and many more. It explores 17 key counselling skills, including: 

-asking questions
-monitoring
-facilitating problem solving
-negotiating homework 

Each chapter describes a particular skill, illustrates it using clear case examples across a range of settings and then helps you consolidate and practise what you've learned through a set of creative activities. 

Further chapters cover professional issues including a new chapter on managing crises and chapters on ethical dilemmas, supervision, working with diversity and more.

 
Introduction
 
Who are counsellors and helpers?
 
What are basic counselling skills?
 
Helpers and helpees as diverse persons
 
What you bring to counselling and helping
 
The helping relationship
 
The helping process
 
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
 
Improving helpees’ self-talk
 
Improving helpees’ rules
 
Improving helpees’ perceptions
 
Negotiating homework
 
Conducting middle sessions
 
Ending helping
 
Further considerations
 
Introduction to relaxation
 
Managing crises
 
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

A great easy to read 'primer' for those wanting a little more from their introductory courses, skills classes, or those just entering studies. My learners have particularly enjoyed the Q & A style real world approach, and the activities are 'just right' in terms of level and content. Overall, the book would make a great acquisition for learners and tutors alike, or for your LRC.

Mr Peter Lyon
Access To He, Doncaster College & University Centre
May 12, 2016

This textbook meets our needs for an introduction for lower division students preparing to work as paraprofessionals.

Professor Daniel Graham Jenkins
human services, Mendocino College
April 15, 2016

Meets our needs for an introduction for lower division students preparing to work as paraprofessionals.

Professor Daniel Graham Jenkins
human services, Mendocino College
April 15, 2016

This is an excellent text for understanding and applying basic counselling skills. It tackles skills individually and allows the reader to appreciate, the role, function and value of the core skills for effective counselling. It is most practical and accessible for counselling trainees at any level.

Ms Barbara Elizabeth Hannigan
School of Psychology, University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin
April 7, 2016

This book is a very good read for those who want to gain some understanding of basic counseling skills . Recommended for student learners

Ms Jayne Barnett
Social Science , Coleg y Cymoedd
February 24, 2016
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Basic Counselling Skills: Introduction