Essential Counselling and Therapy Skills: The Skilled Client Model

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Essential Counseling and Therapy Skills is written for trainees who are beginning to work with clients under supervision. Building on what has been learnt during introductory courses, the book supports students in the next stage of their practical skills development.

Written by leading author, Richard Nelson-Jones, Essential Counseling and Therapy Skills is a step-by-step guide to therapeutic work using the "skilled client model ". Central to this innovative approach, is the assumption that the skill of counselors and therapists lies in their capacity to impart skills to clients. The book focuses on: establishing collaborative working relationships; working with clients to find shared definitions of their problems; enabling clients to improve how they think, communicate and act; and dealing with questions of diversity, ethical practice and the value of supervision.

Accessibly written, the book contains numerous skills building activities and case examples, making Essential Counseling and Therapy Skills an ideal textbook for practical skills training in counseling, counseling psychology, psychotherapy and other helping professions.

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This intermediate text is intended for use in counseling and psychotherapy courses in settings such as counselor and psychotherapist education, psychology, social work, nursing, and pastoral care. Another readership consists of participants in counseling and therapy courses run by voluntary agencies. The text defines counseling skills and their components, then introduces the skilled client model of the counseling and therapy relationship and helps readers develop skills for assessing feelings, conducting sessions, and delivering interventions. Multicultural counseling, gender issues, and supervision are also discussed. The reader is assumed to have already taken an introductory counseling skills training course. Nelson-Jones is director of the Cognitive Humanistic Institute in Thailand. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761954729
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Nelson-Jones was born in London in 1936. Having spent five years in California as a Second World War refugee, he returned in the 1960s to obtain a Masters and Ph.D from Stanford University. In 1970, he was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Aston to establish a Diploma in Counselling in Educational Settings, which started enrolling students in 1971. During the 1970s, he was helped by having three Fulbright Professors from the United States, each for a year, who both taught students and improved his skills. During this period he broadened out from a predominantly client-centred orientation to becoming much more cognitive-behavioural. He also wrote numerous articles and the first edition of what is now The Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy, which was published in 1982. In addition, he chaired the British Psychological Society's Working Party on Counselling and, in1982, became the first chairperson of the BPS Counselling Psychology Section.

In 1984, he took up a position as a counselling and later counselling psychology trainer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he became an Associate Professor. He continued writing research articles, articles on professional issues and books, which were published in London and Sydney. As when he worked at Aston University, he also counselled clients to keep up his skills. In 1997, he retired from RMIT and moved to Chiang Mai in Thailand. There, as well as doing some counselling and teaching, he has continued as an author of counselling and counselling psychology textbooks. A British and Australian citizen, he now divides his time between Chiang Mai and London and regularly visits Australia.

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Table of Contents

List of Boxes
List of Activities
Pt. 1 Introduction 1
1 What are Essential Counselling and Therapy Skills? 3
Pt. 2 The Skilled Client Model 21
2 The Skilled Client Model 23
3 The Counselling and Therapy Relationship 47
4 Assessing Feelings and Physical Reactions 64
5 Assessing Thinking, Communication and Actions 82
6 Conducting Initial Sessions 103
7 Changing Communication and Actions - 1 121
8 Changing Communication and Actions - 2 142
9 Changing Thinking - 1 169
10 Changing Thinking - 2 194
11 Changing Feelings and Physical Reactions 218
12 Conducting Middle Sessions 241
13 Consolidating Skills and Terminating Counselling and Therapy 266
Pt. 3 Practice and Training Issues 287
14 Diversity Sensitive Counselling and Therapy 289
15 Ethical Issues in Practice and Training 314
16 Supervision and Continuing Professional Development 337
Appendix 361
Bibliography 363
Name Index 374
Subject Index 378
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