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A solid introduction to the helping process and the counseling profession, offering...

Practical skills and strategies!

Critical discussion of serving needs of diverse and multicultural clients throughout!

Unique focus on one's growth and development as a counselor!

A look at the real world of counseling people in today's global society from an integrative perspective!

New to this Edition:

  • content and resources on professional identity, credentialing of professional helpers and professional organizations, and standards of practice to assist students in delineating the evolution of the helping profession are included in Chapter 1 and Appendix A.
  • new chapter, "Common Challenges for Beginning Counselors," addresses the concerns, challenges, and ethical boundaries of beginning helpers (Ch. 10).
  • material on cultural competence, power, privilege, and social justice throughout.
  • bold new discussions on current ethical issues addressed in the workplace and how to structure the counseling session around those issues (Ch. 5).
  • Expanded dialogue of contextual, cultural, and nonverbal affect cues; building a positive client relationship utilizing the Prochaska, DiClemente, and Norcross Stages of Change model; and integrative counseling strategies augment the helper's awareness of pitfalls in helping.
  • "Application Exercises" interspersed throughout each chapter allow students to apply content and obtain feedback, helping to reinforce major chapter concepts.
Visit our Helping Professions Supersite for Counseling for additional resources!
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Editorial Reviews

Intended for advanced undergraduate level or beginning graduate level students, this text offers a thorough discussion of helping, covers the skills and interventions expected of a beginning professional counselor, and addresses the process of clinical supervision. Includes expanded coverage of diversity and multiculturalism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205370528
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "Summary," "Discussion Questions," and "Recommended Readings."



1. The Helping Profession.
What Is Helping?
Setting in Which Counselors Work.
Ingredients of Professional Counseling.
Training and Credentialing of Counselors.

2. The Helping Relationship.
Accurate Empathy.
Positive Regard.
A Climate of Safety.

3. Attending to Clients.
Communication of Attentiveness.
Facial Expressions.
Eye Contact.
Body Positions and Use of Space.
Verbal Behavior and Selective Attention.

4. Recognizing Communication Patterns.
Ritualized Patterns of Communication.
Interactive Communication Patterns.

5. Managing the Counseling Session.
The First Interview.
Objectives of the First Interview.
Cultural Variables and the First Interview.
Counselor Responses That Encourage Client Expression.
Counselor Responses That Solicit Information.
Intake-Interview Content.
Using Intake-Interview Information.
Opening Subsequent Interviews.
Terminating the Interview.
Terminating the Counseling Relationship.

6. Responding to Cognitive Content.
Recognizing Alternatives.
Responding to Alternatives.
Verbal Responses to Cognitive Content.
Differentiation and Selective Responding.

7. Responding to Affective Content.
The Importance of Responding to Affective Content.
Verbal and Nonverbal Cues Associated with Emotions.
Types of Affective Messages.
Verbal Responses to Affective Contents.

8. Differentiating between Cognitive and Affective Messages.
Setting the Stage for Affect.
Types of Differentiating Responses for Cognitive and Affective Content.
Effects of Responding to Affective Contents.
Effects of Responding to Cognitive Contents.
The Differentiation Process in Cross-Cultural Counseling.

9. Conceptualizing Problems and Setting Goals.
The Client's World.
The Role of the Counselor.
Process and Outcome Goals.
Culturally Appropriate Counseling Goals.
Three Elements of Good Outcome Goals.
Translating Vague Concerns into Specific Goals.
Client Resistance to Goal Setting.
Client Participation in Goal Setting.

10. Using Counseling Strategies and Interventions.
Working with Client Feelings.
Working with Client Beliefs and Attitudes.
Working with Client Behaviors.
Working with Client Interactional Patterns and Relationships.
Working with Client Social Systems.

11. Receiving and Using Supervision, by Janine M. Bernard.
The Parameters of Supervision.
The Focus of Supervision.
Styles of Supervision.
Methods of Supervision.
Avoiding Supervision.
Putting Your Development as a Counselor in Perspective.
Preparing for Supervision.
Using Supervision.

Appendix: Counseling Strategies Checklist.



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