A Brief Primer of Helping Skills is a highly readable, accessible, and practical introduction to the skills of helping and making a difference in people's lives. In an engaging and concise style, author Jeffrey A. Kottler gives students in various professions an overview of the theory, process, and skills of helping methods. It is designed as an operating manual for those in human service professions to learn the basics involved in developing helping relationships, assessing and diagnosing complaints, promoting exploration and understanding, and designing and implementing action plans.
Offers a brief introduction to the helping process: Written in an accessible and conversational style, this book helps students and professionals become familiar with the basic process quickly.; Provides personal applications: This book helps students enrich their lives while learning how to be more helpful to others.; Includes applications to a variety of settings and disciplines: Students can actually use material and skills in the book in all the various domains in which they function—at work, in volunteer agencies, with friends and family.; Uses an integrative approach: The best features of all major theories and research are combined into a unified model of helping that is responsive to different needs.
This supplemental text is ideal for introductory undergraduate and graduate courses such as Introduction to Social Work, Introduction to Counseling, and Introduction to Human Services in the fields of counseling, psychology, human services, social work, education, family studies, marital and family therapy, pastoral work, nursing, human resource development, and other helping professions. It is also an excellent resource for beginning practitioners.
Processes and Stages
Processes and Stages
If you found all the different approaches to help people a bit overwhelming, relief is on the way. Although it is true that there are dozens of helping methods you might employ, all of which have their enthusiastic followers, there is really a generic framework for doing this sort of work. Regardless of the setting, client population, professional affiliation, or personality style, most practitioners subscribe to a generic process that follows similar stages.
In its simplest form, helping has a beginning, a middle, and an end. There are a lot of different names for these stages, and certainly a variety of distinct processes that are emphasized by different approaches, but for now we will consider a model that will get you ...