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
Mapping Clients' Experience
You may remember that at the start of the previous section, “Constructing a Foundation for Collaboration,” I wrote about the pedagogical challenge of breaking down the craft of counseling into separate elements without straying too far from what actually happens in practice. We bump into this challenge again in the relationship between the two chapters of this section about mapping clients’ experience because the skills introduced are not necessarily sharply differentiated in practice. Nevertheless, as stated elsewhere, the chapters adhere to a general arc of practice. Chapter 5 covers two primary tasks: (a) We ask about the other's experience, and (b) we do an initial interpretation of the meaning of what they share. Chapter 6 is devoted to a ...