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

Building the Relationship

Building the relationship


A striking finding of meta-analyses of counseling and psychotherapy studies is that the therapeutic relationship contributes far more substantially to outcomes than do theories or models. Considering the attention devoted to theories, and the competition among proponents of the many models of practice circulating the professional community, this may come as a surprise. On the other hand, when you consider the practice of counseling in the terms laid out here, understanding it as the collaborative co-construction of meaning through dialogue, the finding that the relationship is central is less surprising. As noted elsewhere, therapeutic conversations are akin to relational dances. Adroit practitioners need to respond to their clients throughout their work together, adjusting their course in accord with shifts ...

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