The core text for counselor skill development, Becoming a Skilled Counselor prepares students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective helpers. Authors Richard D. Parsons and Naijian Zhang provide an understanding of the essentials of the counseling relationship, the dynamic and intentional nature of the helping process, and the theories and research guiding the selection and application of interventions.
About the Author
Richard D. Parsons, PhD, is a full professor in the Department of Counselor Education, at West Chester University. He has over 37 years of university teaching in counselor preparation programs. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pennsylvania Counselor of Year award, and has authored or co-authored over 80 professional articles, book chapters, and books. His most recent books include Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice in 2014, Becoming a Skilled Counselor in 2013 (both with SAGE), and a series of four training texts for school counselors grouped under the title, Transforming Theory into Practice (Corwin Press). Additional recent works include Fundamentals of the Helping Process (Waveland Press), Counseling Strategies That Work!: Evidence-Based for School Counselors (Allyn & Bacon), and Counseling Strategies and Intervention Techniques (Allyn & Bacon). His current project finds him editing a 35-book series for SAGE Publications, 11 of which cover the common core competencies for counselor preparation as outlined by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Programs (CACREP), with the remaining books targeting specialty areas.
Naijian Zhang, PhD, is a tenured full professor in the Department of Counselor Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zhang has over 20 years’ experience of teaching in counseling, higher education/student affairs, and language programs at college and university and was also a university administrator in student affairs for four years. He has authored, coauthored, and edited over 30 articles, book chapters, and books. His most recent books include Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice in 2014, Becoming a Skilled Counselor in 2013 (both with SAGE), and Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education and Psychology in 2009. Dr. Zhang is also the co-editor of the book series Counseling and Professional Identity which consists of almost 30 counseling books. He is a recipient of the Travel Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Outstanding Research Award and Outstanding Service Award from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). In addition, Dr. Zhang has practiced over 15 years and is currently a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania. He frequently gives presentations and conducts counseling training workshops internationally.
Table of ContentsExercisesEditors PrefaceAuthors PrefaceAcknowledgmentsSection I: Counseling a Process and a ProfessionChapter 1: Counseling: Helping as a Professional PracticeChapter 2: Helping – The Practice of Facilitating ChangeSection II: The Elements and Dynamics of CounselingChapter 3: The Counseling Relationship: A Unique Social EncounterChapter 4: Identifying the “What Is”: Probing the Client’s IssuesChapter 5: Goal Setting: Identifying the “what is desired”Chapter 6: Moving from “what is” to “what is desired”Chapter 7: Practice Accountability: An ethical mandate and a practice necessitySection III: Counselor as ProfessionalChapter 8: Counselor Competence: An Ethical Precondition to Successful InterventionChapter 9: Care for the CounselorChapter 10: The Unfolding Professional IdentitySection IV: Applying what we KnowChapter 11: Samantha – Finding it hard to say goodbyeChapter 12: Jamal – The Gym Teacher’s ConcernChapter 13: Mrs. Ayame Hoshi… Feeling as Half of A PersonEpilogue: From the Authors Chairs