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A practical guide to communication skills to help bodywork practitioners obtain a full and accurate assessment of their clients, which is essential if the therapist is to develop an appropriate working hypotheses on which to base the therapy plan for eachindividual client. The text has a practical, 'how to' approach and seeks to make the reader think about the communication skills required for effective implementation of therapy.
PART ONE the THERAPIST (The Making of the Therapist. Knowing Where You Are Coming From) PART TWO the PROCESS of INTERACTION (THE THERAPIST/CLIENT ENCOUNTER): How Do They Find You?. The First Phone Contact. Meeting and Greeting. The Initial Consulttion. Rules of Engagement. Involving the Client in the Process. The First Ten Minutes. Subsequent Sessions. Nonverbals and Abreactions. Re Orientating the Client and Ending the Session PART THREE MANAGING YOUR PRACTICE (Practicalities of Your Practice and Managing the Practical Difficulties Concerning Your Clients): Where to Practise. Home, Clinic, Home Visits. Your Style. Stationery, Clothing, Treatment Room etc.Managing Personal Involvement. Record Keeping and Confidential Filing. Time Keeping, Payment PART FOUR TAKING CARE of the THERAPIST (Looking After Yourself): Care of Yourself. Burnout, Appropriate Use of the Diary, Boundaries. Being the Best You Can Be. Supervision, Updating Knowledge and Skills.