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Good counseling skills are the key to effective helping relationships. Introduction to Counseling Skills, Second Edition is designed to help readers acquire and develop these skills, using an easy, three-stage model. Drawing on many years experience as a counselor, trainer and writer, Richard Nelson-Jones describes in detail each stage in the helping process and gives examples to show how the skills work in practice. The examples also demonstrate the variety of contexts in which counseling skills are commonly ...

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Overview

Good counseling skills are the key to effective helping relationships. Introduction to Counseling Skills, Second Edition is designed to help readers acquire and develop these skills, using an easy, three-stage model. Drawing on many years experience as a counselor, trainer and writer, Richard Nelson-Jones describes in detail each stage in the helping process and gives examples to show how the skills work in practice. The examples also demonstrate the variety of contexts in which counseling skills are commonly used, as well as the diversity of issues and problems they can help to address. The book covers: what counselling skills are; how to conduct sessions; ways to clarify and expand your understanding; how to improve your listening skills; and ethical skills.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781412902731
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Who Are Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Helpers?
Creating Communication Skills and Feelings
Creating Mind Skills
The Counselling and Helping Process
Counselling and Helping Relationship
PART TWO: THE RELATING STAGE
Understanding the Internal Frame of Reference
Showing Attention and Interest
Reflecting Feelings
Starting the Counselling and Helping Process
Managing Resistances and Making Referrals
PART THREE: THE UNDERSTANDING STAGE
Assessing Feelings and Physical Reactions
Assessing Thinking
Assessing Communication and Actions
Challenges, Feedback and Self-Disclosure
Monitoring, Summarizing and Identifying Skills
PART FOUR: THE CHANGING STAGE
Helping to Solve Problems
Coaching Skills
Speaking, Demonstrating and Rehearsing
Improving Communication and Actions
Improving Thinking
Negotiating Homework
Conducting Middle Sessions
Terminating Counselling and Helping
PART FIVE: FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Diversity in Counselling and Helping
Ethical Issues and Dilemmas
Training Groups, Supervision and Support
Counselling Theory and Research
Becoming More Skilled and Human

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