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Becoming a Skilled Counselor

Becoming a Skilled Counselor

April 2013 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Practice of Helping: Fundamental Knowledge and Skills is a core text on counseling skills/interventions. The book is the first in the series, Counseling and Professional Identity in the 21st Century. The book covers the knowledge and skills essential for anyone in the helping professions and covers the critical skills of the helping relationship and current models of helping. The books in this series are conceptualized to address specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). This text is unique in its focus on the process of delivery. It allows students to conceptualize clients as a fluid and dynamic model rather than as a linear step-by-step process. It employs a process of practice and feedback throughout each chapter to reinforce key concepts. Each chapter is structured to first introduce the key constructs and empirical support. Then this is followed by a detailed case illustration, in depth verbatim transcripts of client/therapist dialogue, followed by guided practice exercises. Throughout the book there is a focus on mindfulness, intentionality and reflection which aids a student in their journey of self-discovery and professional identity development.
Editors Preface
Authors Preface
Section I: Counseling a Process and a Profession
Chapter 1: Counseling: Helping as a Professional Practice
Chapter 2: Helping – The Practice of Facilitating Change
Section II: The Elements and Dynamics of Counseling
Chapter 3: The Counseling Relationship: A Unique Social Encounter
Chapter 4: Identifying the “What Is”: Probing the Client’s Issues
Chapter 5: Goal Setting: Identifying the “what is desired”
Chapter 6: Moving from “what is” to “what is desired”
Chapter 7: Practice Accountability: An ethical mandate and a practice necessity
Section III: Counselor as Professional
Chapter 8: Counselor Competence: An Ethical Precondition to Successful Intervention
Chapter 9: Care for the Counselor
Chapter 10: The Unfolding Professional Identity
Section IV: Applying what we Know
Chapter 11: Samantha – Finding it hard to say goodbye
Chapter 12: Jamal – The Gym Teacher’s Concern
Chapter 13: Mrs. Ayame Hoshi… Feeling as Half of A Person
Epilogue: From the Authors Chairs

good supplementals
good applications

Dr Karen Dickinson
Counselor Education, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
May 10, 2013

Using a different text, however, might use next year after I've taught the course once on my own.

Ms Cristen Wathen
Health and Human Development, Counseling Program, Montana State University - Bozeman
March 26, 2013

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