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 Stories

Working with stories


Counseling is a storytelling craft. Clients consult therapists with stories about their lives and identities, and clients and therapists join together in weaving new, helpful stories for moving forward. The accounts clients share bear many of the characteristics of well-formed narratives: They feature a central character (the client), in relationship to others, encountering and responding to a series of challenges over time. The events they recount are linked by a plot as it were that has some degree of coherence in the way it weaves together what might otherwise be a series of disparate events (Frank, 1995; Lindemann-Nelson, 2001; White & Epston, 1990).

These accounts are not necessarily fully coherent, however, as Maria in the role of client displayed in ...

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