What is included with this book?
Discover the practical skills for helping others.
Whether you are considering becoming a counsellor, have to provide some form of counselling as part of your job, or are simply interested in communicating well, Counselling Skills For Dummies provides the perfect introduction to the practical basics of counselling. Starting with a thorough guide to the qualities, knowledge and skills needed to become a ‘listening helper’, the book goes on to provide a framework for a counselling session, helping you to successfully manage a potentially daunting process.
Counselling Skills For Dummies, 2nd Edition:
Gail Evans is a Licensed Counsellor with more than 30 years' clinical experience. A former Head of the Counselling Studies Unit at Sheffield Hallam University, Gail now works as Programme Director at The Academy: Sheffield Psychotherapy and Counselling Education (SPACE), a new institute for teaching counselling and related subjects. She is also co-founder of Cornerstone Counselling and Therapy Centre, based in Sheffield.
Part I: Focusing on Yourself First 7
Chapter 1: Introducing Counselling Skills 9
Chapter 2: Understanding Yourself through Personal Development 17
Chapter 3: Taking Care of Yourself 37
Chapter 4: Maintaining Good Practice 49
Part II: The Listening Helper 61
Chapter 5: Being a Listening Helper 63
Chapter 6: Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge for Listening 81
Chapter 7: Recognising Your Own Barriers to Listening 97
Part III: Structuring a Helping Conversation 111
Chapter 8: Establishing a Helping Relationship 113
Chapter 9: Stage One: Beginning the Discussion 129
Chapter 10: Stage Two: Deepening Understanding 155
Chapter 11: Stage Three: Working with Action and Endings 165
Part IV: Understanding People and Problems 191
Chapter 12: Being Prepared for Common Personal Problems 193
Chapter 13: Understanding People from a Social Perspective 211
Chapter 14: Understanding Individuals from a Psychological Perspective 223
Part V: Handling Challenges 239
Chapter 15: Coping with Different Types of Helping Conversations 241
Chapter 16: Dealing with Difficulties 253
Part VI: The Part of Tens 263
Chapter 17: Ten or So Key Counselling Skills 265
Chapter 18: Ten Resources for Improving Your Counselling Skills 271
Chapter 19: Ten Great Counselling Books 277
Part VII: Appendixes 281
Appendix A: Case Studies and Discussion 283
Appendix B: Becoming a Counsellor 301