The Practice of Helping: Fundamental Knowledge and Skills is a core text on counseling skills/interventions. The book is the first in the series, Counseling and Professional Identity in the 21st Century. The book covers the knowledge and skills essential for anyone in the helping professions and covers the critical skills of the helping relationship and current models of helping. The books in this series are conceptualized to address specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). This text is unique in its focus on the process of delivery. It allows students to conceptualize clients as a fluid and dynamic model rather than as a linear step-by-step process. It employs a process of practice and feedback throughout each chapter to reinforce key concepts. Each chapter is structured to first introduce the key constructs and empirical support. Then this is followed by a detailed case illustration, in depth verbatim transcripts of client/therapist dialogue, followed by guided practice exercises.
Throughout the book there is a focus on mindfulness, intentionality and reflection which aids a student in their journey of self-discovery and professional identity development.
Exercises Editors Preface Authors Preface Acknowledgments Section I: Counseling a Process and a Profession Chapter 1: Counseling: Helping as a Professional Practice Chapter 2: Helping - The Practice of Facilitating Change Section II: The Elements and Dynamics of Counseling Chapter 3: The Counseling Relationship: A Unique Social Encounter Chapter 4: Identifying the "What Is": Probing the Client's Issues Chapter 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 necessity Section III: Counselor as Professional Chapter 8: Counselor Competence: An Ethical Precondition to Successful Intervention Chapter 9: Care for the Counselor Chapter 10: The Unfolding Professional Identity Section IV: Applying what we Know Chapter 11: Samantha - Finding it hard to say goodbye Chapter 12: Jamal - The Gym Teacher's Concern Chapter 13: Mrs. Ayame Hoshi... Feeling as Half of A Person Epilogue: From the Authors Chairs