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
Endings and Beginnings
Coming to the end of a working collaboration with clients can be a bittersweet experience. The good news is that they've made some changes, taken some steps, transformed in some measure their ways of being in the world. But discontinuing therapy also means the end of what is often a rich and meaningful relationship for therapist and client alike, so it comes with a sense of loss as well. There is no fixed meaning for what is sometimes ominously (Young, 2009) referred to as “termination”; like any other moment in time, the end of a series of therapeutic conversations offers possibilities for constructive meaning making—looking back on the territory traveled and looking ahead to new horizons. It is an ...