With a warm and passionate writing style, David Hutchinson demonstrates the process of becoming a counsellor and developing key skills from start to finish. The author gains credibility through his real world examples and reflection activities and helps students feel less intimated. The book covers all the key counselling skills learned in a skills/methods course including skills for engaging a client, tools for engagement, lab practice activities, listening skills, developing empathy, and more advanced skills such as assessment, goal setting and action planning. The book comes with over 20 hours of video demonstrations of key skills in the core chapters.
David Hutchinson prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for careers in psychology and counseling. His areas of special focus are group work, addictions, and grieving. A former Peace Corps volunteer, David's priorities include travel and maintaining an international perspective in his life and work. He's trained counselors in Grenada and established sister school relationships between five schools in Vermont and Grenada. In Vermont, David continues his emphasis on intensive, process-oriented coursework with long weekend retreats at an off-campus lodge near Caspian Lake in the woods of the Northeast Kingdom. In 2006, David was honored with the Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award. He holds positions on the boards of the New England School of Addiction Studies and Northwest Counseling and Support Services in Franklin County, Vt. He received his doctoral degree from SUNY Buffalo.
Preface 1. An Invitation to Counseling Work 2. Getting Started: Skills and Tasks for Engaging a New Client 3. Skills for Developing the Relationship 4. Skills for Deepening the Relationship 5. Assessment, Goal Setting, and Action Planning 6. Developing Ethical and Cultural Competency 7. Essential Action Skills: Working Toward Goals 8. Skills for Managing Crisis Situations 9. Advanced Action Skills: Moving Beyond Stability 10. Exceptional Counseling Challenges 11. Skills for Ending 12. The Whole Counselor: Maintaining Health and Perspective Index