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.

Counseling: The Practice of Facilitating Change

Counseling: The Practice of Facilitating Change

Counseling: The practice of facilitating change

I hate myself and so does everyone else.


The opening comment, posed by our anonymous client—a comment implying a deep sense of sadness and maybe even hopelessness—calls for a response. But what type of response? For example, “I hate myself and so does everyone else” might elicit a disconfirming response such as “That's not true” or an inquiry such as “Why do you hate yourself?” or even a self-disclosing response such as “Yeah, I know what you mean. I've felt that way.” The question, of course, is which, if any, is the correct response?

As you consider your response to the question, take a moment to identify the basis upon which you selected your ...

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