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

Receiving and Reading Meaning

Receiving and reading meaning


So far we've explored the role of compassionate and mindful listening in creating a space for helpful conversations. We've also looked at the central importance of relationship, which more than any other identifiable aspect of practice has been linked to favorable outcomes. The chapter about relationship emphasized the importance of the counselor's attitudinal stance, with the reminder that as counselors we actively contribute to clients’ experience of themselves when we interact with them. This is not always foregrounded in the psychological literature, which frequently refers to “individual experience” and can inadvertently suggest an image of each of us experiencing the world in totally distinct ways, isolated from each other, sealed away in our own private bathyspheres (Hoffman, ...

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