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.

Care for the Counselor

Care for the Counselor

Care for the counselor

The act of caring for others can distract us from the necessity of caring for self.

—Gerry Corey (2010)


Gerry Corey (2010), in his keynote address for the American Counseling Association Pittsburgh Conference stated: “There is a good deal of stress that goes along with being a counseling professional.” Corey's comments certainly reflected the reality experienced by most serving as professional counselors. Counseling can be stressful for the counselor and this stress can interfere with the counselor's effectiveness and competence.

The American Counseling Association's (2005) Code of Ethics reminds us that counselors need to be “ … alert to the signs of impairment from their own physical, mental, or emotional problems and refrain from offering or providing professional services ...

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