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 Emotions and Values

Working with emotions and values


“How does that make you feel?” This familiar phrase is probably the most often cited example of a counseling question among the general public and among many practitioners as well. Counseling involves conversations with people about things that deeply matter to them, and when things deeply matter, emotion is close at hand. Johnson (2004) observes, “Emotions, like an internal compass, orient us to our world and provide us with crucial information about the personal significance of events” (p. 65). That significance may not always be clear and unambiguous, but the display of emotions alerts us that something is at stake and deserving of further curiosity.

There are other reasons, too, why emotion plays such an important ...

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