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:
Illustrates how you can create a positive relationship between listener and speaker
Teaches you how to structure a helping conversation
Explains how asking the right questions are important to the progression of the relationship between speaker and listener
Shows how you can better understand yourself, which is a crucial step in ensuring that you break down your own barriers to listening
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.
Introduction 1 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 Index 315