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 Counseling Relationship: A Unique Social Encounter

The Counseling Relationship: A Unique Social Encounter

The counseling relationship: A unique social encounter

Is helping what you do to another … or with the other?


For many, the thought of helping another is envisioned as a process of doing something for or to another person as would be the case of a neighbor lending a hand with a fallen tree or perhaps assisting another with pushing his car out of a snow drift. For the professional counselor, helping is not an act done to another person. Helping, when it takes form in counseling, is a shared process, in which a counselor and a client work together in facilitating the change desired (ACA, 2005, sec. A.1.c).

As a shared process, the nature and quality of the ...

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