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.

Counselor as Professional

Counselor as Professional
Counselor as professional

Counseling is more than a job—it is a profession. As professionals, counselors are empowered to make decisions that help expand the capacity of people to grow and develop (ACA, 2005). This is an awesome responsibility.

The chapters presented within Part III highlight the need for counselors to develop and maintain competence (Chapter 8), insure their own well-being (Chapter 9), and articulate the uniqueness of their professional orientation and services (Chapter 10), if they are to meet their professional responsibility and calling. Specifically, Chapter 8 makes the argument that while entry-level education is necessary for ethical and effective practice, it is not sufficient. To maintain competence, counselors need to engage in continuing professional development, and employ best-practice procedures. Chapter 9 ...

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