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With its practical, experiential approach, the Second Edition of Applied Helping Skills: Transforming Lives covers the basic skills and core interventions needed to begin seeing clients. By approaching therapy as an art rather than from a prescriptive diagnostic position, this text encourages readers to look at every situation differently and draw from their embedded knowledge to best serve the individuals in their care. Authors Leah Brew and Jeffrey A. Kottler weave humor and passion into their engaging prose, effectively conveying their excitement and satisfaction for doing helping work.

Skills for Building Collaborative Relationships
Skills for Building Collaborative Relationships

Although this is a chapter about relationship skills in a therapeutic context, we want you to know from the outset that building relationships with people involves far more than applying a few helping behaviors. Although it is true that some of these actions are conducive to constructing closer connections with people, human intimacy and trust develop in far more complex and mysterious ways. You can do all the right things with a client, apply your relationship skills with perfect mastery, and still fail to establish any sort of meaningful connection.

Your Best Relationships

Think about the most powerful and influential relationships you have ever experienced. Aside from your parents, who were the teachers, coaches, and mentors who ...

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