The core text for counselor skill development, Becoming a Skilled Counselor prepares students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to be effective helpers. Authors Richard D. Parsons and Naijian Zhang explain the essentials of the counseling relationship, the dynamic and intentional nature of the helping process, the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate change and the theories and research guiding the selection and application of interventions. Uniquely focused on the process of counseling, the authors’ approach invites students to conceptualize clients using a fluid and dynamic model rather than a linear, step-by-step process. Each chapter is structured to reinforce concepts by first introducing the key constructs and empirical support, then providing application opportunities through detailed case illustrations with dialogue transcripts and guided practice exercises. The text emphasizes mindfulness, intentionality, ethics, and reflection to aid counselors in their journey of self-discovery and professional identity development.

Moving from what is to what is Desired

Moving from what is to what is Desired

Moving from what is to what is desired

I know I can do this!


In order for counseling to be truly a helping process, the counselor must help the client to successfully do this, where the this is a plan that will prove effective in moving the client to the desired state.

Counseling is a helping process. It is a process that assists one individual to move from an undesirable life condition to one that is more desirable. The previous chapters presented the knowledge and skills required of a counselor to assist clients in sharing their story, identified the elements causing difficulty, and articulated the preferred state of functioning by way of goal setting. With these data in place, ...

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