On Becoming a Counselor: A Basic Guide for Nonprofessional Counselors and Other Helpers / Edition 3

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Psychologist Eugene Kennedy and psychiatrist Sara C. Charles have brought this already popular book up to date with the medical and psychological advances over the past ten years. This book continues to provide counselors with all the essential tools they need to respond to people's problems with intelligence and compassion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824519131
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED & UPDATED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 614,433
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A Changed Book for a Changed Time
1 Guiding Principles 3
2 Emotional Involvement 11
3 Hard-Bought Wisdom 20
4 What Other People Do to Us 29
5 What We Do in Relationship with Others 40
6 Revelations about Ourselves in Relationships with Others 48
7 What Is It Like to Be Real? 57
8 The Self as Instrument in Helping Others 65
9 Are We Friends or Counselors? 73
10 How Do We Interview? 85
11 This Wasn't My Idea 101
12 I Won't Dance, You Can't Make Me 111
13 Plotting Our Course 121
14 Diagnosis: Goals and Resources 134
15 Listening to the Lives of Others 142
16 To Whom Shall We Go? 149
17 When Can I Say What I Feel? 159
18 Supportive Psychotherapy 167
19 Reading the Signs/Working with Families 175
20 Drugs: Use and Abuse 180
21 Drink, Drank, Drunk 192
22 The Language of the Seriously Disturbed 202
23 Everyperson's Illness: Depression 215
24 Stressed Out and Anxious 232
25 The Problems of Healthy People 247
26 Introductory Notes on Personality Disorders 255
27 Personality Disorders: Cluster A 261
28 Personality Disorders: Cluster B 275
29 Personality Disorders: Cluster C 295
30 Marriage Counseling 311
31 Counseling Persons with Sexual Problems 327
32 Counseling the HIV/AIDS Patient 340
33 Suicide: Weighing the Risk 352
34 Death in Our Culture 361
35 Suffering Our Losses 372
36 Emergencies: Being a Steady Presence 386
37 Taking Counsel with Ourselves 401
Notes 409
Index 419
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The stranger in front of you on the Will Call line at the drugstore may open up and worry to you, "The doctor just changed my medication and I don’t understand it, I thought I was getting better...." Or the student who never says much in class may wait in the hallway with a worry she can no longer contain, "I wonder if I could speak to you for a few moments...." The person next to you on the plane may never tell you his name but will tell you his life story, "I thought we were in love, I thought it would last...." Sometimes the professional you consult -- the physician, the lawyer, the architect -- makes you into a consultant. "Sorry I’m a little late but my mother called. She has this knack for calling at just the wrong moment...." You may be called up to serve, basic training or not, in the helping army at any moment and in almost any circumstances. You do not select them; they select you, ready or not.

You may never know whether they chose you because you are a member of the clergy, a professor, a nurse, or somebody who reminds them of a favorite relative. Human woe turns, as flowers do to the spring sun, to those nearby who seem capable of offering some understanding and good sense. The first murmurs of emotional pain, often disguised but ever recognizable, are almost always whispered first to such ordinary people.

If such nonprofessionals are the primary resource for our everyday troubles, what can they do to prepare themselves better to respond in such unpredictable circumstances? How can they, without extensive training, improve their ability to tap into the energy of their common sense and human understanding in order to respond effectively to those who come for assistance?

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