An Introduction to Helping Skills: Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring provides a full introduction to the theory and skills needed to work across the range of helping professions. Readers will be introduced to the three core approaches of counselling, coaching and mentoring, and shown how they work across a variety of settings, including therapy, teaching, social work and nursing. Part 1 takes readers through the theory, approaches and skills needed for helping work, and includes chapters on: • The differences and similarities of counselling, coaching and mentoring • Foundational and advanced skills for effective helping • Supervision and reflective practice • Ethical helping and working with diversity Part 2 shows how helping skills look in practice, in a variety of different helping professions. 10 specially-written case studies show you the intricacies of different settings and client groups, including work in schools, hospitals, telephone helplines and probation programs. Whether a trainee in counselling, coaching or mentoring, or a professional working with helping relationships, this book will help develop the skills and knowledge to work effectively across the helping professions.

Helping Roles and Professions Defining the Terms

Helping Roles and Professions: Defining the Terms

Chapter objectives: Readers will have the opportunity to …

  • define the term ‘helping professions’;
  • explain the key features of counselling, coaching and mentoring relationships;
  • identify the professional contexts in which counselling, coaching and mentoring take place;
  • consider the shared elements of each discipline;
  • identify the differences and distinctions in approach.


The expression ‘helping professions’ has become ubiquitous and is used to describe a range of roles identified within a broad spectrum of professional contexts, from psychotherapists to learning mentors, social care support workers to life-coaches, and careers counsellors to paramedics. The concept of a ‘helping relationship’ has also gained momentum, and terms such as ‘therapy’, ‘counselling’, ‘coaching’, ‘mentoring’ and ‘guidance’ are often used interchangeably to describe the ...

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