Anyone in a helping professionincluding professional counselors, spiritual directors, pastoral counselors, chaplains and othersneeds to develop effective communication skills. But learning these skills is like learning a new language: it takes time and practice to communicate effectively, and lack of practice can lead to the loss of one's ability to use this new language.
Suitable for both beginning students and seasoned practitioners, Skills for Effective Counseling provides a biblically integrated approach to foundational counseling skills that trains the reader to use specific microskills. These skills include perceiving, attending, validating emotion and empathic connection.
Chapters include textbook features such as sample session dialogues, role plays and a variety of both in-class and out-of-class exercises and reflection activities that will engage various learning styles. Strategically interwoven throughout the chapters are special topics related to:
multicultural counselingbiblical/theological applicationscurrent and seminal research related to microskillsdiagnostic and theoretical implicationsclinical tips for using skills in "real world" counseling settingsthe relevance of specific microskills to interpersonal relationships and broader ministry settings
This textbook and the accompanying IVP Instructor Resources include all of the activities and assignments that an instructor might need to execute a graduate, undergraduate or lay course in foundational counseling skills. Professors teaching within CACREP-accredited professional counseling programs will be able to connect specific material in the textbook to the latest CACREP Standards.
|Series:||Christian Association for Psychological Studies Books|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Elisabeth A. Nesbit Sbanotto (PhD, University of Arkansas) is a consultant, speaker, writer, counselor, and educator. She is assistant professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and the coauthor with Craig Blomberg of Effective Generational Ministry. A licensed professional counselor, she maintains a private practice in Littleton, Colorado.
Heather Davediuk Gingrich is a counselor, scholar, teacher and former missionary. She is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and maintains a small private practice working with complex trauma survivors. She is the author of Restoring the Shattered Self: A Christian Counselor's Guide to Complex Trauma.
She began working in this field over twenty-five years ago in Canada, and continued to develop this specialization in the Philippines where she counseled, taught and completed her doctoral studies on complex trauma. She continues her international involvements with Care and Counsel International, as well as adjunct teaching at the Asia Graduate School of Theology in the Philippines and seminaries in Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Singapore. She also conducts mental health assessments for missionary candidates.
Gingrich is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the Trauma Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her scholarly work focuses on understanding and working with those who have histories of child abuse and other forms of relational trauma, particularly as they relate to issues of Christian faith and spirituality.
She has been married to her husband Fred for twenty-ninie years and has two young adult sons.
Fred C. Gingrich is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and served as division chair from 2007 to 2015. He practiced and taught in Ontario for fourteen years prior to directing MA and EdD degrees in counseling at seminaries in the Philippines.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables
1. The Microskills Approach
Skill: The Skill of Learning New Skills
Skill: Identifying Targeted Skill Areas
2. The Person of the Counselor
Target 1: Establishing Relationship and Exploring
3. What Do You Notice?
4. Your Presence in the Room
5. Identifying the Pieces of the Story
Skill: Reflecting Content
6. Validating Emotion
Skill: Reflecting Feeling
7. Connecting Empathically
Skill: Empathic Reflection
Targets 2 and 3: Deepening and Growing
8. Zeroing In
9. Connecting Deeply
Skill: Intuitive Empathy
10. Expanding Therapeutic Options
Skill: Using Metaphors
11. Reflecting Apparent Discrepancies
12. Using the Here and Now
Skill: Authenticity, Self-disclosure and Immediacy
13. Strategies for Growth
Skill: Implementing Change
14. Expanding the Counseling System
Skill:Thinking Systemically and Using the Relational System
15. Appreciating the Sacred
Skill: Attuning to the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Themes
Target 4: Consolidating and Ending
16. Endings and New Beginnings
Skill: Consolidating and Ending
Appendix A: Answers to Chapter Exercises
Appendix B: Additional Learning Activities
Appendix C: Small Group Role-Play Exercises and Transcript Analysis Assignment
Appendix D: The Relationship Between Psychology and Religion
Author and Subject Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Skills For Effective Counseling; A Faith-Based Integration” is a very unique book that really hits multiple levels of need all at the same time. It covers from a textbook-style for the professional counselor, to the Pastor or layperson that serves as in a helping ministry, and even in general relationships within the lives of everyone. It has specific learning techniques and practical exercises that allow you to practice your counseling skills very effectively. If you want to go deep, you will be focusing more toward the entire book, but specifically the Diagnostic Implications sections throughout the book. Pastors will likely focus on Ministry and Relationship Applications, and general readers will focus more on the Relationship application. This book is written very well and was done by IVP Academic in partnership with the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). They use tools called microskills that give foundational skills that build ultimately into larger skill sets. It does use some modern psychology, but has a good blend that brings Scripture strongly into the counseling skills. There are parts of the book that are more geared toward the academic side and clinical, so some people may take a little longer to get through the contents. However, if you are someone who is going into the counseling field or a pastor, mentor, pastoral care person or in a general person-helping role, this book will be very helpful for you. I know it will be a book that I reference quite often in my personal library. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from IVP and all opinions are my own.