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
Working with Actions
If readers of this text were surveyed about what has been helpful to them—outside of counseling—in dealing with various life challenges, the answers no doubt would vary widely. Some would report it was all about taking action—talking to someone, leaving a relationship, applying for a job, and so on. Others would speak about thinking about things in a new way, talking to themselves differently, challenging an entrenched belief. Some would describe making an emotional shift—getting in touch with some lingering anger, letting go of a grudge, expressing withheld affection. And finally, others would speak about coming to new understandings, formulating alternate accounts of their identities, making different meanings around key events.
There is no singular or universal path to preferred ...