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 II: Attending to the Wider Context
Chapter 8 introduced an expansion of conventional views of assessment that makes lots of space for learning about client competences along with difficulties. This expanded approach to assessment is deliberately nonneutral—it takes a position alongside people versus the challenges they face, foregrounding skills and abilities often overlooked in the focus on deficit, holding to a view of people as agents in their own lives rather than passive victims of circumstances. Among its various features and purposes as described so far, assessment
- sheds light on barriers and obstacles hampering change;
- identifies areas of potential harm to clients or others;
- uncovers resources, including client values, abilities, and key relationships;
- provides a venue for clients’ airing of effects, ...