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.

Supervision and Continuing Professional Development for Helpers

Supervision and Continuing Professional Development for Helpers

Chapter objectives: Readers will have the opportunity to …

  • define the terms ‘supervision’ and ‘continuing professional development’ in the helping professions;
  • identify the key functions of supervision – formative, normative and restorative;
  • consider how to engage effectively with and get the most from supervision and a range of continuing professional development opportunities.


Anyone who works to develop professional helping relationships – whether as counsellor, coach or mentor – is likely to face issues that sadden, confuse, frustrate, surprise, anger, excite or even frighten them at times. Engaging with the detail and complexity of another person’s life will often resonate with, and bring to the forefront, issues we are facing in our own lives. Sometimes it ...

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