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

Defining and Describing Problems and Preferences

Defining and Describing Problems and Preferences

Defining and describing problems and preferences


Chapters 5 and 6 demonstrated how receiving and reading meanings and relaying them back to the client accomplish a number of important things:

  • signal the counselor is attending and listening;
  • acknowledge the client's experience;
  • encourage the client to share their stories;
  • create opportunities for reflecting on a client's experience by putting it out there where it can be observed;
  • promote a sense of unburdening as the client gives voice to previously unspoken experience;
  • sum up, identifying thematic threads and foregrounding agency;
  • provide the client the opportunity to correct counselor misreadings; and
  • help to coordinate the ongoing conversation by promoting mutual understanding.

So far, the sorts of responses introduced have mostly involved statements offered back to clients by way of verifying our take ...

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