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Counselling Skills and Studies

Counselling Skills and Studies

Second Edition

April 2017 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Are your students looking to use counselling skills to enhance their existing helping role? Are they taking the first steps towards becoming a professional counselor? This practical guide will provide readers with the ideal "way-in," showing them what helping and counseling is all about.
  • Part 1: Counselling Skills will introduce readers to the underpinning knowledge and practical tools needed to develop a range of helping skills for use in a variety of helping roles, showing what it means to work safely and ethically.  
  • Part 2: Counselling Studies will help them take their understanding further by considering in detail important theories and professional issues, preparing them to work as a professional counselor.
  • Part 3: Counselling Study Skills will offer practical advice and hints and tips to help them make the best start on their counselling portfolio, including journal and essay writing skills, research skills, and how to get inspired and overcome blocks to learning.  
This Second Edition includes a more detailed discussion of key theories, features a new chapter on self care, and is up-to-date with the occupational and professional standards and ethical frameworks.

Full of practical activities and written in a supportive conversational style, Counselling Skills and Studies is essential reading for anyone wanting to learn counseling skills or embarking on their first stage of training to be a counselor.
Introduction by Anthony Crouch
Part I - Counselling Skills
Chapter 1 - Using counselling skills ethically and safely
Chapter 2 - Establishing a helping relationship
Chapter 3 - Working empathically as a helper
Chapter 4 - Focusing on the helpee's needs and concerns
Chapter 5 - Using self-awareness in helping work
Chapter 6 - Using counselling skills
Chapter 7 - Using reflection and feedback to enhance counselling skills
Part II - Counselling Studies
Chapter 8 - Preparing to work within an ethical and legal framework as a counsellor
Chapter 9 - Understanding the counselling relationship
Chapter 10 - Understanding difference and diversity to develop empathic understanding
Chapter 11 - Working within a user-centred approach to counselling
Chapter 12 - Using theory to increase self-awareness
Chapter 13 - Understanding theories of counselling in practice
Chapter 14 - Using supervision to support counselling
Part II - Counselling Study Skills
Chapter 15 - Motivation and blocks to learning
Chapter 16 - Essay writing skills
Chapter 17 - Journal writing skills
Chapter 18 - Self care
Chapter 19 - Critical thinking
Chapter 20 - Experiential learning
Chapter 21 - Research in counselling and helping work

This counselling handbook is extremely informative for the new helper studying counselling for the first time. It links particularly well to the CPCAB level 2 programme .... The material in the book is easily accessible and well explained with many practical examples and exercises...I'd highly recommend this book to anyone starting out in counselling as I think you would find it supports your learning well. It even includes a chapter on essay writing skills!

Cas Stewart
Student at North West London Counselling and Training

The book is so easy to read and puts things into “normal” language.  I'm now using it as a reference point – it is my “bible”. 

Cheryl Hughes
Student at South Leicestershire College

I find this book informative. It breaks everything down and shows good examples. Covers main theorists and the main approaches. Easy enough to follow for beginners. 

Deirdre McEnhill
Student at Windsor Women's Centre in Belfast

I found it useful with information laid out in clear and simple terms...there have been a couple of times when another book has been too confusing and I have been able to have it explained clearly by the CPCAB book. 

Bea Craig
Student at Windsor Women's Centre in Belfast

I found "Counselling Skills and Studies" a superb introduction into the world of Counselling.  Approaching the subject with a view to a second career the book felt pitched perfectly.  A clear and concise style pervaded throughout and the format of the book lends itself to good structured learning.  Never teacherly, the writing spoke to me and the use of conversational examples was effective.  The simplification and analysis of the 3 modalities (Psychodynamic / Person Centered / CBT) was invaluable for me as I grasp these new terms and the final section looking at  Study Skills will be an essential reference for me as I progress through my studies.

Tom Wegg-Prosser
Student at North West London Counselling & Training

I initially bought this book upon starting my CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills course and found it to be a hugely informative introduction to counselling. However, this book turned into my counselling companion and I continue to regularly refer to it despite now being in my first year of a counselling diploma. The breakdown of the book into 3 parts makes it ideal to pinpoint what will be most helpful, the question and answer style and overall layout is excellent. I highly recommend this book to any future or current counselling students.

Heidi Shepherd
Student at City and Islington College in London

Generally the book is good, easy to understand and the way it gives various examples is good.

Diane Weatherill
Student at Windsor Women's Centre in Belfast

A good book which lays the foundation for counselling skills. It accompanies the CPCAB Level 2 and Level 3 programmes. It develops a good underpinning knowledge of listening and counselling skills.

Mrs Jaime Leanne Ross
School of Health Studies, Darlington College
February 4, 2020

As part of the resources for the course. Tips and activities in the book have been very helpful to learners.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
December 23, 2019

A useful addition to our reading list and one that students will find able to use as they progress.

Ms Su Illingworth
Professional Development Team, Craven College
December 24, 2017

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Fiona Ballantine Dykes

Fiona is an experienced counsellor, supervisor and trainer and, in addition to being Head of Qualifications at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), is also Deputy Chiare of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She has always championed vocational training as an important route into the counselling profession and has a background in delivering counselling programmes in Further Education. She is a contributory author to Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy (SAGE, 2010). More About Author

Traci Postings

Traci is an experienced Counsellor, supervisor and tutor who has also worked extensively in homelessness and addiction settings. Over the years she has taught counselling at all levels and worked at CPCAB for over ten years to promote high standards in counselling training and qualification development. Traci currently works at BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) as a strategic project manager within the professional standards team. More About Author

Alexis De Winter

Barry is an experienced counsellor within the person-centred family of psychotherapy and counselling and is currently a Senior Verifier and Head of Tailor-Made Qualifications at CPCAB. He has extensive experience delivering counselling courses. He is also trained in a range of complementary therapies. More About Author

Anthony Crouch

Anthony Crouch is a counselling psychologist and the founder and CEO of CPCAB and the Counselling Channel. His passionate belief in high quality counselling training led to the development of the CPCAB model in the early 1990s which has been reviewed regularly over the past two decades to incorporate the latest research on effective counselling. Anthony is also the author of Inside Counselling (SAGE, 1997). More About Author

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