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.

Practice Accountability: An Ethical Mandate and a Practice Necessity

Practice Accountability: An Ethical Mandate and a Practice Necessity

Practice accountability: An ethical mandate and a practice necessity

Is this working?


Before we begin the chapter, we would like you to take a moment to reflect on how you may go about answering the question of “is it working?” as applied to your work with a client. Exercise 7.1 invites you to consider some criteria or measures you may employ to answer this question. Your responses to this exercise will not only help you begin to consider the issue of practice accountability, but may also help make the discussion to follow more meaningful for your own professional development.

Some counselors fail to see the need and value of assessing the effectiveness of their counseling while others ...

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