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  • Contents
  • Subject index

Helping the Client is the best-selling text, which has long been used as the basis of interpersonal skills training in a wide range of professions from medicine to management. Based on John Heron's well-known six category model, the book presents different forms of helping behavior which can be adopted by any practitioner working face-to-face with a client. Drawing on his many years of experience as a therapist, consultant and teacher, the author explores the contexts and issues associated with these different forms of helping and, for each, describes a wide range of practical interventions for the practitioner to use. He examines the objectives of helping, states of person-hood, the many ways in which helping can degenerate, the preparation and training of the practitioner, and examples of how the interventions can be used by different occupational groups. Helping the Client is the Fifth Edition of the book originally entitled Six Category Intervention Analysis. Revised and enlarged throughout, with a new chapter on co-working, the book remains essential reading for the development of interpersonal skills, in counseling, management, health care, social work, youth and community work, education, and many other professions.

Basic Interventions
Basic interventions

In this chapter I have included a selection of interventions from each of the six categories. I have picked out the bedrock ones, which also include the all-purpose ones with the widest range of application. I have given only a brief definition of each. For more detail, refer back to the descriptions given in ...

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