Applied Helping Skills: Transforming Lives / Edition 1

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Highly practical and student centered, Applied Helping Skills: Transforming Lives, is an experiential text focusing on basic skills and core interventions. Although it has a consistent a big-picture perspective, this book emphasizes the role of counselors to make contact with their individual clients, to help them feel understood, and to clarify the major issues that trouble them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412949903
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 465,381
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Leah Brew is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton. She has co-authored a workbook/video with Michael Altekruse called Building the Relationship: Common Errors in Helping (2005). She has presented at many conferences at the state, regional, na­tional, and international levels in the areas of diversity, supervision, stress reduction, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Leah has an interest in the areas of counseling theory, su­pervision, spirituality in counseling, and cultural diversity, specifically with biracial popu­lations. She has taken leadership roles with various regional and national organizations.

Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph D, one of the most prolific authors in the fields of psychology and education, is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton. He has authored more than a dozen texts for counselors and teachers that are used in universities around the world, as well as a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include: Counseling Skills for Teachers, On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Learning Group Leadership, and Changing People’s Lives While Transforming Your Own. Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, and private practice settings. He served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru (1980) and Iceland (2000) and has been a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Foundations for Skills
1. The Process Revealed
Reading Minds and Other Superpowers
My Psychic Powers
Secrets Revealed
How Therapists Enhance Their Powers
Power and Influence
You Gotta Be Desperate
It's All About Leverage
Amateurs Versus Professionals
A Few Missing Ingredients
The Perfect Counseling Student
Applications to Self: Incorporating Skills Into Your Daily Life
Skills in Action: The Troubled Wife
References and Resources
2. Clients in Need: Individual, Social, and Cultural Factors
Cultural Context of the Client Experience
Cultural Skills and Competencies
Becoming Familiar With Cultural Differences
Assess Stage of Cultural Identity
Overview of a Client Concern
Ethical Considerations in the Practice of Helping Skills
How to be a Good Client
Decisions, Decisions
Applications to Self: Who You Are Versus What You Do
Skills in Action: Student as Client
References and Resources
3. Models of Helping
Theories and Their Offspring
Theoretical Frameworks and Models of Practice
Stages in the Process
An Integrated Model
Applications to Self: Choosing and Using a Theory
Skills in Action: The Phobia
References and Resources
Part II. Skills to Use With Individuals
4. Skills for Building Collaborative Relationships
Your Best Relationships
Uses of the Therapeutic Relationship
About Empathy
Relationship Skills
Before You Begin
Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
Applications to Self: The Effects on All Your Relationships
Skills in Action: Ambivalent Intimacy
References and Resources
5. Skills of Assessment and Diagnosis
The Mental Status Exam
The Basics of Conducting an Intake Interview
Structured Intake Interviews
Special Considerations in Assessing Addiction
Special Considerations in Assessing Physical or Sexual Abuse
Special Considerations for High Suicide Risk
Objective and Subjective Sources of Information
Models of Diagnosis
Remembering What You See and Hear
Making Things Fit Your Style
Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
Applications to Self: Diagnosing in a Variety of Settings
Skills in Action: After the Intake Interview
References and Resources
6. Exploration Skills
An Overview of the Exploration Stage
Structuring the Conversations
Opening With a Story
Asking Questions
Reflecting Skills
Putting Reflecting Skills Together
Exploring the Past
Summarizing Themes
Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
Applications to Self: Learning to Reflect Will Change You
Skills in Action: Infertility
References and Resources
7. Promoting Understanding and Insight
The Uses of Insight
The Limits of Insight
Selected Skills for Promoting Understanding
What Happens Next?
Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
Applications to Self: You're Already Doing This Stuff
Skills in Action: Unexplained Anxiety
References and Resources
8. Facilitating Action
Transition From Insight to Action
Dealing With Resistance
The Miracle Question
Setting Goals
Generating Alternatives
Reinforcing Behavior
Using Role-Playing
Using the Empty Chair
Using the Transference
Relaxation Training
Using Rehearsal and Imagery
Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
Applications to Self: Sharing Your Client's Issues
Skills in Action: Being Too Responsible
References and Resources
9. Maintaining Progress and Evaluating Results
Some Assessment Challenges
Skills of Evaluating Outcomes and Measuring Results: The Client's Efforts
Skills of Evaluating Outcomes and Measuring Results: The Therapist's Efforts
Ending Therapy Effectively
Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
Applications to Self: Closure on Closure
Skills in Action: Closure
References and Resources
Part III. Skills to Use With Multiple Clients
10. Skills for Family Therapy and Other Roles for Therapists
A Different Way of Looking at Things
Structuring a Family Interview
Couples Counseling
Specialized Skills for Working With Children
The Roles You Take as a Therapist
Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
Applications to Self: Awareness of Your Own Family Dynamics
Skills in Action: The Frustrated Couple
References and Resources
11. Group Leadership Skills
Group Stage Development
Group Dynamics
Group Leadership Approaches
Unique Ethical Challenges
Pitfalls and Common Mistakes
Applications to Self: You Are Already in a Group
Skills in Action: Giving Feedback
References and Resources
12. Where to Go Next
What If I Don't Know What to Do?
What If My Supervisor Finds Out How Little I Know?
What If I Hurt Someone?
What If I Don't Have What It Takes?
Some Advice About Where to Go Next
References and Resources
References and Resources
About the Authors

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