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.

Samantha: Finding it Hard to Say Goodbye

Samantha: Finding it Hard to Say Goodbye

Samantha: Finding it hard to say goodbye


The Client

Samantha (Sam) is a 4-year-old Caucasian female, who is enrolled in the St. Jude Preschool. This is the first experience Samantha has had with a full day of schooling and in the first few days of the program, she has shown increasing reluctance to separate from her parents or to stay in the classroom. Samantha screams and sits on the floor crying as her parents attempt to walk out the door. She will run after them as they attempt to leave, crying and grasping on to them. If not restrained by the teacher's assistant, Samantha would attempt to run after the car as her parents drove away.

The Helper

Ms. Kim ...

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