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Counselling Skills

Counselling Skills

October 2021 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This counselling skills book will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and qualities to work with people in a range of different roles and settings.


It defines counselling skills and introduces key skills including: listening and responding skills, empathy and different models, tools and techniques. Further chapters explore the importance of skills practice and self-awareness; ethics, boundaries and confidentiality; working remotely; working with difference and diversity, and different professional roles.


Throughout, case studies show you how these skills can make a difference in practice, while exercises, including a student journal feature, help you reflect on your own attitudes to enhance your reflective practice.


This book is an accessible guide to the BACP counselling skills competence framework for trainee counsellors and those using counselling skills as part of another professional role.


Foreword by Fiona Ballantine-Dykes
1.     What are counselling skills?
2.     Listening
3.     Responding skills
4.     Skills practice for counselling skills and helping sessions
5.     Empathy
6.     Equality, diversity, discrimination and inclusion
7.     Helping relationships and sessions
8.     Ethics, boundaries and confidentiality
9.     Models, tools and techniques
10.  Professional roles
11.   Using counselling skills remotely
12.   Self-awareness, personal qualities and feelings
13.  Professional support, guidance and self-care
Appendix I Counselling skills competence framework
Appendix II A guide to the BACP counselling skills competence framework
Appendix III Ethical framework for the counselling professions

Traci Postings

Traci Postings is an experienced counsellor and supervisor and has taught extensively in adult education. She has been a training consultant in the homelessness and addiction sectors, and compiled a training manual highlighting the value of counselling skills in health and social care settings.  More recently, Traci has been involved in qualification and competence development, being committed to promoting and achieving high standards in the counselling professions. More About Author

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