Acquiring Counseling Skills: Integrating Theory, Multiculturalism, and Self-Awareness / Edition 1

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This is the first and only book in the market that provides a theoretical framework on basic counseling skills. It presents a strong multicultural thread, as well as a strong emphasis on self-awareness. The book discusses the counseling process, the microskills model and helping skills and techniques, and includes integrated case conceptualization. Written for students, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and anyone interested in learning the basic techniques of helping in the context of theory and application to diverse populations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131991330
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 509,760
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn MacCluskie is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Cleveland State University. She completed her undergraduate work and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Following several years working with youth in residential treatment, she earned an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University. Dr. MacCluskie served as the Drug and Alcohol Program Coordinator at Morgantown Federal Correctional Institution, and then worked as a therapist in a community mental health center. She joined the faculty at Cleveland State in 1994, and in addition to leading the Counselor Education section, also served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects. Her professional interests lie in counseling student growth and development, and the interface between mental health and global sustainability.
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Table of Contents

Acquiring Counseling Skills

Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Counseling Skills and You

Chapter 2 Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling

Chapter 3 The Microskills Model

Chapter 4 Attending Behaviors

Chapter 5 Client Observation

Chapter 6 Silence, Minimal Encouragers, Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Chapter 7 Questioning

Chapter 8 Feeling Reflection

Chapter 9 Reflection of Meaning

Chapter 10 Confrontation

Chapter 11 Counseling Theories

Chapter 12 The Counseling Process

Chapter 13 Intake Interviews and Initial Assessment

Chapter 14 Empirically Supported Techniques (ESTs) and Common Psychotherapeutic Factors

Chapter 15 Integrated Case Conceptualization

Chapter 16 Self-Awareness and Self Care

Appendix A ACA Code of Ethics


Subject Index

Author Index

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    Enjoyable and Readable

    I've never really enjoyed reading a textbook before, but this one grabbed my interest right away. It could be that as a beginning Master's student in School Counseling that the subject matter is particularly interesting to me but more than that it is written in a way that is easily readable and with clear and concise information. I enjoyed the personal reflections, the author's insights and case studies as well as the online video clips that are available to review. It is especially helpful to someone with limited background to see the skills being taught in real counseling sessions. I can see myself using this book as a reference as I begin putting these counseling skills into practice.

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