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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.

Models of Helping
Models of Helping

Professional preparation programs are often structured according to two basic approaches. In the first option, you may be studying helping skills before you take a course in theory. It is reasoned that these professional behaviors are so universal among practitioners that it is not necessary to understand their theoretical base before you begin practicing them. Because they take considerable time to learn well and become part of your interpersonal repertoire, the idea is that you should have as much time as possible to master them. Although some of the skills may be learned proficiently in a matter of weeks, mastery of others will take you the rest of your life.

A second training approach requires you to study theories before ...

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