Counseling Strategies and Interventions for Professional Helpers

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/24/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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A practical text that provides a look at basic helping skills used in a variety of disciplines and a number of issues common to helping relationships, processes, and interviews.


This pragmatic text describes basic helping skills used in a variety of disciplines, as well as a number of issues common to helping relationships, processes, and interviews. Suitable for both upper level undergraduate and entry level graduate students, the text focuses on skill acquisition, and includes a number of clinical cases and application exercises for promoting skill development.


The new Ninth Edition features a brand new expanded section on the basic helping skills (attending, listening, and action), as well as an additional new chapter contributed by Dr. Beth Robinson, Acadia University, on professional development and issues facing new helpers. Additional content new to this edition covers counseling in military settings, communication with LGBTQ clients, communication with immigrant and refugee clients, assessment of key components of client problems, SMART goals, and mindfulness interventions.


Also available with MyCounselingLab®

This title is also available with MyCounselingLab—an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with the text to engage students and improve results. Within its structured environment, students see key concepts demonstrated through video clips, practice what they learn, test their understanding, and receive feedback to guide their learning and ensure they master key learning outcomes.

Author Biography

Sherry Cormier is Professor Emerita in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University, a licensed psychologist, and a long-standing member of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association. Her areas of specialty include counseling women, health and wellness, clinical supervision, and counseling skills and interventions. She is also the author of The Professional Counselor with Harold Hackney. She currently resides in the state of MD where she enjoys beachcombing, boating, hiking, and biking.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Helping Professions

Chapter 2 The Helping Relationship

Chapter 3 Communication Patterns in the Helping Process

Chapter 4 Attending Skills

Chapter 5 Listening Skills

Chapter 6 Action Skills

Chapter 7 Managing the Helping Session

Chapter 8 Conceptualizing Client Issues and Setting Change Goals

Chapter 9 Using Integrative Helping Strategies and Interventions

Chapter 10 Considerations and Challenges for Beginning Helpers

Appendix A Websites for the Ethical Codes and Related Standards of Professional Organizations for the Helping Professions


Appendix B Counseling Strategies Checklist

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