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
Chapter 12: Working with Thoughts and Beliefs
Working with Thoughts and Beliefs
Cast your eyes about the various conflicts under way around the world at this time, and you will discover interminable disputes—some that have smoldered and raged for centuries—about what is and what should be. We all look at the universe through picture frames that determine what gets featured and what gets excluded. As Andersen (1992) put it, “there are as many versions of a situation as there are persons to understand it” (p. 61). Each of these various versions is associated with thoughts and beliefs about them. Some are energizing and hope inspiring, and others may promote discouragement and despair. Counseling conversations are a useful venue for laying these thoughts and beliefs on the table ...