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A Brief Primer of Helping Skills

A Brief Primer of Helping Skills

November 2007 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book is a brief primer of essential helping skills for students and professionals in the helping professions. The book contains a brief chapter on theory that provides an overview of the language used in therapy as well as the various approaches used by helping professionals. It then covers the core skills, standard interventions, nature of relationships, developing rapport, as well as important issues regarding assessment and formulating a diagnosis.
Ch 1: Learning Helping Skills
Why be a Helper?

Changes in the Field

A Daunting Journey

Making a Difference

Personal Qualities

Take Some Advice

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

Further Reading

Ch 2: Theories of Helping
Internalizing Theories

What Theories Can Do For You

Theories You Should Know About

Conclusions About Theory

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

For Further Reading

Ch 3: Processes and Stages
Stages of Helping

Stage I: Pretreatment

Stage II: Exploration

Stage III: Insight

Stage IV: Action

Stave V: Evaluation

Closure Issues

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

For Further Reading

Ch 4: Helping Relationships
Reflect Back

Uses of the Helping Relationship

Customized Relationships

Basically Speaking

Practical Issues

Getting the Relationship Started

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

For Further Reading

Ch 5: Exploration Skills
Internal Attitudes

Attending Behaviors

Practice Makes Perfect

Presenting Yourself


Time to Practice

Eliciting Information

Asking Questions

Assessing Strengths and Resources

Formulating Diagnoses

Assessing Risk

Responding to Content

Responding to Feelings

Try It Out

Facing Silence

Establishing Goals

Making the Transition to Action

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

For Further Reading

Ch 6: Action Skills
A Check-off List

Ways of Taking Action

Planning an Intervention

Contracting for Change


Teaching People to Think Differently

Constructing Alternative Stories

Role-playing and Rehearsal

Behavioral Interventions

Giving Feedback

Using Imagery

Dealing With Resistance

Employing Adjuncts

When You Don't Have Enough Time

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

For Further Reading

Ch 7: Brief Interventions
Some Cautionary Advice

Principles of Brief Intervention

A Different Way of Thinking About Change

An Abbreviated Process

Reframing Problems

Look for Exceptions

Find Out What Works

Miracle Question

A Single Session

Crisis Intervention

Choose Your Method Carefully

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

For Further Reading

Ch 8: Leading Groups
Differences Between Group and Individual Sessions

Some Advantages and Disadvantages

Work With a Co-leader

When to Intervene in Groups

Practical Considerations in Running a Group

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

For Further Reading

Ch 9: Looking at Yourself
Practicing What You Preach

Making Helping a Lifestyle

Ethical Issues

Getting the Most From Supervision

Joys of Helping

For Review

For Reflection and Practice

For Further Reading



Best choice of those considered

Dr Terry Lane
Counselor Education , acadia university
June 24, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5

Jeffrey A. Kottler

Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, and education, having written more than 90 books about a wide range of subjects. He has authored a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine... More About Author

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