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

Assessment I: Evaluating Challenges and Competencies

Assessment I: Evaluating challenges and competencies


Chapter 7 introduced skills for joining clients in identifying problems and preferences, a practice that accomplishes a number of important things:

  • clarifies what clients want more of/less of, thereby defining a direction for the work;
  • constructs a foundation for collaboration;
  • provides a temperature reading of events as they are recounted;
  • helps counselors position themselves relative to clients’ accounts; and
  • captures clients’ positions in relation to events they recount.

This chapter and the one after it are devoted to expanding those descriptions, rendering them in full color. The word assessment is a staple of the counseling literature, and so it is used here to describe the skills involved in expanding clients’ accounts of their experiences. Typically, the word refers to ...

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