A Brief Primer of Helping Skills

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November 2007



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.


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
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
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


Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D, is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, advocacy, and education. He is the author of over 90 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. Jeffrey's books are used in universities around the world and are considered classics among practicing teachers, counselors, psychologists, health professionals, and social justice advocates. Some of his most highly regarded works include: On Being a Therapist, Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own, The Client Who Changed Me, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, On Being a Master Therapist: Practicing What You Preach, and Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, The Therapist in the Real World: What You Never Learn in Graduate School (but Really Need to Know), and Therapy Over 50: Aging Issues in Therapy and the Therapist's Life.

Jeffrey has worked as an educator, counselor, and therapist in a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, corporation, and private practice settings. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru, Thailand, and Iceland, as well as worked as a professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Nepal, and Semester at Sea. Jeffrey is Professor of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton and is also the founder of Empower Nepali Girls, an organization that provides educational scholarships and support for lower caste girls in Nepal who are at greatest risk to be forced into early marriage or sex slavery.

EAN: 9781412959223
ISBN: 1412959225
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2007
Seitenanzahl: 171 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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