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.

The Ethical Dimension of Helping

The Ethical Dimension of Helping

Chapter objectives: Readers will have the opportunity to …

  • define the term ‘ethics’;
  • consider how the concept of ethical practice applies to counselling, coaching and mentoring;
  • identify the principles underpinning ethical codes of practice;
  • reflect on their own values, beliefs and behaviours in relation to ethical practice with clients.


The concept of ethics is complex and requires careful unpicking and significant personal reflection on the part of the practitioner when applied to counselling, coaching and mentoring. Ethical practice is a central element to all professional helping relationships. Those who work in the helping professions should develop a sound understanding of what working ethically with clients means in theoretical terms and, more importantly, they should reflect on and demonstrate how ethical ...

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