Collaborative Helping Skills is a T1 for courses in the helping professions that helps students learn the basic skills of helping. The course is a requirement for any student in counseling, psychotherapy, or social work as it prepares the student for the work they will be doing with clients. This book has a focus on developing skills that are collaborative by involving the client in the helping process/solution and it has an integrated focus on multicultural skills and social justice. The book first outlines the basic process of counseling and counselor self care, then goes into conversation and counseling, receiving, attending, listening, positive regard, empathy, and connection. Then the author moves into the basics of developing a relationship with the client as well as relating to the experience. Finally the book moves toward the treatment planning stage via a shared experience by involving the client in the process. Every chapter will contain the following pedagogy: • Case study • Sample dialogue • Chapter objectives • Boxed capsules to highlight key skills • Reflections on practice • Experiential exercises • questions for reflection • Video demonstrations

Therapeutic Conversation

Therapeutic conversation


“Come on in,” says Daniel, hovering at his office door as Maria enters and stops to scan the room. It's not a large space, but there's lots of light from the window and a handful of comfortable-looking chairs from which to choose. Maria spots one with an invitingly round contour and heads for it, aware again of the fatigue that seems to have taken her over lately.

“Aha! The gray chair,” says Daniel, smiling as he sits.

“It's a popular one, and some people say it bothers their backs after a while. I promise I won't tag you with being indecisive if you decide to switch seats at any time.”

Developing competence in counseling and psychotherapy involves refining new skills, but it also calls ...

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