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

Constructing a Foundation for Collaboration
Constructing a foundation for collaboration

In this section we move on from an overview designed to orient you to issues and themes associated with counseling and plunge into the practice itself. From this point forward, samples of counseling scenarios and conversations will provide concrete illustrations to support the discussion. Before continuing, though, I'd like to share with you a dilemma associated with writing a book like this to give you an inside view of how the sections were organized.

Counseling is a complex craft that requires quite specialized skills. However, whereas certain other fields are renowned for the specialization needed to pursue them (“You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know …”), they're technical crafts and of a very ...

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