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Counselling by Telephone



November 1996 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Well written, well researched... [the book] contributes to undermining ideas of professional hierarchy, in which long-term face-to-face is top of the pile, and short-term and the phone are the province of the amateur who knows not what they are up to. On the contrary, the counselling process as well as the use of counselling skills are resources that can be much more widely used than is possible if they are restricted to relatively long-term counselling. This is an excellent book covering a great deal of recent thinking about confidentiality, skills, training, quality and supervision in relation to the telephone [with] a useful chapter on its technology in relation to counselling' - Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

This book explores the essential skills needed to carry out effective telephone counselling - such as welcoming and establishing a relationship with clients; listening and responding; understanding silences; working with transference and fantasy; and recognizing and reacting to feelings - which are necessarily very often distinct from those involved in face-to-face counselling.

Maxine Rosenfield challenges the view that telephone counselling is a poor relation to face-to-face counselling, arguing that for certain clients it may be the therapeutic medium of choice. She examines the benefits to both clients and counsellors of working by telephone, and highlights the technical and practical issues of which counsellors should be aware. She also covers the relatively new concepts of group counselling by telephone and counselling by other media, such as e-mail or letter.

 
Introduction
 
What Is Counselling by Telephone?
 
Skills and Attitudes Needed When Counselling by Telephone
 
Training, Supervision and Quality Control
 
Theoretical Orientations
 
The Counsellor-Client Relationship
 
Telephone Group Work
 
Technology and Counselling by Telephone
 
Counselling by Other Media

`Well written, well researched... [the book] contributes to undermining ideas of professional hierarchy, in which long-term face-to-face is top of the pile, and short-term and the phone are the province of the amateur who knows not what they are up to. On the contrary, the counselling process as well as the use of counselling skills are resources that can be much more widely used than is possible if they are restricted to relatively long-term counselling. This is an excellent book covering a great deal of recent thinking about confidentiality, skills, training, quality and supervision in relation to the telephone [with] a useful chapter on its technology in relation to counselling' - Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

`This book breaks new ground by focusing attention on the potential of the telephone as a medium for counselling. It acknowledges that many counsellors have been reluctant to embrace the potential of telephone counselling. Until recently, this reluctance has been endorsed by the counselling and therapeutic authorities. But the British Association for Counselling has now given telephone counselling recognition... The book [is] aimed at two potential groups of readers. First, it is a call for the counselling establishment to acknowledge that the forms of human communication available to counsellors are now many and varied, and that face-to-face contact is not always necessary, possible or appropriate... The second group of potential readers is individuals and agencies already committed to telephone counselling. The book will enable them to address issues of training, supervision, quality control and skills as well as theory... This is a valuable book that deserves to be read by those who are sceptical about telephone counselling as well as those who are convinced about its importance. Rosenfield has ensured through its publication that telephone counselling will be an unavoidable item on the agenda of counselling authorities' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

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Maxine Rosenfield

Maxine Rosenfield is an experienced counsellor and writer. She is currently managing the Telephone Training and Consultancy Service for the charity Broadcasting Support Services (BBS) and is Chair of the Telephone Helplines Association. More About Author

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