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
Assessing Challenges, Preferences, and Opportunities
The previous section, “Mapping Clients’ Experience,” introduced a range of skills useful for coming to an understanding of a client's experience and conveying that understanding as part of the fundamental process of coordinating counseling conversations. If you've been reading the text and trying out some of the activities to this point, you have likely already discovered that you already employ these practices in your day-to-day conversations. We are always coordinating talk, so most of the skills examined here are used by all of us, to some extent, in conversations both professional and personal.
This section of the book moves deeper into territory that we all venture into from time to time in our daily lives but ...