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.
The Elements and Dynamics of Counseling
Part II reviews and illustrates the dynamic of the counseling process along with the elements of this process. The elements of the counseling process and dynamic presented within the chapters include: the counseling relationship, client issues, goal setting, counseling interventions, accountability, and professional identity. Chapter 3 explores the counseling relationship and the skills necessary to the development and maintenance of the counseling relationship, and the concept of working alliance is presented and discussed in detail. Chapter 4 deals with the identification of the skills necessary to facilitate client disclosure and understanding of the issues a client brings to counseling. This chapter also discusses strategies on how to help clients move from their current ...