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Basic Counselling Skills

Basic Counselling Skills
A Helper's Manual

Fourth Edition
  • Richard Nelson-Jones - Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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June 2021 | 240 pages | SAGE South Asia
A textbook introducing students to the basics of counselling in an accessible and comprehensive manner.

This adaptation of Basic Counselling Skills guides students and practitioners through developing a range of key skills essential for the contemporary mental health professional. The skills it teaches are not just useful in basic counselling but applicable across a range of settings including nursing, social work and youth work. The book explains more than 17 counselling skills in a well-defined context with clear illustrations and examples to facilitate easy comprehension. The chapters also cover various professional issues such as ethical dilemmas, working with diversity and supervision. Each chapter is accompanied by engaging and creative activities designed to help the students internalize the concepts thoroughly.

Key Features: 

• A nuanced cultural and gender-sensitive approach to the problems faced by mental health professionals

• Structured activities that help students understand the use of specific skills in different scenarios

• Real-life examples to guide students through actual counselling problems 

• Step-by-step instructions that take the reader through the entire counselling process
PART I Introduction
Who Are Counsellors and Helpers?
What Are Basic Counselling Skills?
Helpers and Helpees as Diverse Persons
What You Bring To counselling and Helping
The Helping Relationship
The Helping Process
PART II Specific Counselling Skills
Understanding the Internal Frame of Reference
Showing Attention and Interest
Paraphrasing and Reflecting Feelings
Starting, Structuring and Summarizing
Asking Questions
Offering Challenges and Feedback
Managing Resistances and Making Referrals
Facilitating Problem Solving
Coaching, Demonstrating and Rehearsing
Improving Helpees’ Self-talk
Improving Helpees’ Rules
Improving Helpees’ Perceptions
Negotiating Homework
Conducting Middle Sessions
Ending Helping
PART III Further Considerations
Introduction to Relaxation
Managing Crises
Ethical Issues and Dilemmas
Multicultural and Gender Aware Helping
Getting Support and Being Supervised
Becoming More Skilled
Appendix 1 Annotated Bibliography
Appendix 2 Professional Associations in Britain, Australia and USA


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ISBN: 9789391370404