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Overview

'This is one of the few books which aims to consider counselling skills from a more interactive perspective. For those in the stress management field this is just the sort of book which will prove useful in gaining additional listening, communicating and helping skills'- Gladeana Mc Mahon, Stress News

'As a course book or an aide to individual learning this book contains a wealth of information an guidance based on years of study and practice. It is easy to use because it is clearly signposted. I particularly like the way the author addresses the range of issues a student needs to consider before embarking on a counselling course. The structure of building block by block, skill by skill simplifies assessment'

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'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: 9780761961864
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.89 (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

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
What Are Counselling Skills?
Creating Your Mind
Creating Your Communication and Feelings
Helping as a Process
Learning Counselling Skills
PART TWO: THE RELATING STAGE
Helping Relationships
Improving Your Listening
Starting the Helping Process
PART THREE: THE UNDERSTANDING STAGE
Clarifying Understanding
Expanding Understanding
PART FOUR: THE CHANGING STAGE
Setting Goals and Planning
Strategies for Changing Communication and Actions
Strategies for Changing Thinking
Conducting Sessions and Ending Helping
PART FIVE: PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Introduction to Ethical Issues
Becoming More Skilled and Human

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