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Acquiring Counseling Skills Integrating Theory, Multiculturalism, and Self-Awareness



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This is the first and only book in the market that provides a theoretical framework on basic counseling skills. It presents a strong multicultural thread, as well as a strong emphasis on self-awareness. The book discusses the counseling process, the microskills model and helping skills and techniques, and includes integrated case conceptualization. Written for students, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and anyone interested in learning the basic techniques of helping in the context of theory and application to diverse populations.

Author Biography

Kathryn MacCluskie is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Cleveland State University.  She completed her undergraduate work and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  Following several years working with youth in residential treatment, she earned an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University.  Dr. MacCluskie served as the Drug and Alcohol Program Coordinator at Morgantown Federal Correctional Institution, and then worked as a therapist in a community mental health center.  She joined the faculty at Cleveland State in 1994, and in addition to leading the Counselor Education section, also served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects.  Her professional interests lie in counseling student growth and development, and the interface between mental health and global sustainability. 

Table of Contents

Acquiring Counseling Skills Brief
Counseling Skills and You
Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling
The Microskills Model
Attending Behaviors
Client Observation
Silence, Minimal Encouragers, Paraphrasing and Summarizing
Feeling Reflection
Reflection of Meaning
Counseling Theories
The Counseling Process
Intake Interviews and Initial Assessment
Empirically Supported Techniques (ESTs) and Common Psychotherapeutic Factors
Integrated Case Conceptualization
Self-Awareness and Self Care
ACA Code of Ethics
Subject Index
Author Index
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