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Introduction to Counselling Skills, third edition is designed to help readers acquire and develop the counselling skills key to effective helping relationships, using an easy-to-follow, three-stage model. Richard Nelson-Jones details each stage in the helping process, using examples to demonstrate counselling skills in a variety of contexts. Showing how skills work in practice and the diversity of issues they can help to address, this book covers: what counselling skills are, improving listening skills, assessing feelings, thinking and communication, improving thinking skills and communication skills, conducting sessions, ethical issues.
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'I was taught counselling skills by Richard Nelson-Jones almost forty years ago. Buy this book. He know what he is talking about!' -
Windy Dryden is a Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies and Programme Co-ordinator of the MSc in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Goldsmiths, University of London 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847873392
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/4/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (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 Activities
Preface
Pt. 1 Introduction 1
1 What are Counselling Skills? 3
2 Creating Your Mind 21
3 Creating Your Communication and Feelings 45
4 Helping as a Process 66
5 Learning Counselling Skills 82
Pt. 2 The Relating Stage 101
6 Helping Relationships 103
7 Improving Your Listening 123
8 Starting the Helping Process 149
Pt. 3 The Understanding Stage 169
9 Clarifying Understanding 171
10 Expanding Understanding 190
Pt. 4 The Changing Stage 211
11 Setting Goals and Planning 213
12 Strategies for Changing Communication and Actions 230
13 Strategies for Changing Thinking 249
14 Conducting Sessions and Ending Helping 266
Pt. 5 Practical Considerations 285
15 Introduction to Ethical Issues 287
16 Becoming More Skilled and Human 305
A Glossary of Helping Terms 323
Bibliography 333
Name Index 337
Subject Index 338
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