Becoming a Skilled Counselor

Becoming a Skilled Counselor

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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.
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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 187 x 231 x 17.78mm | 550g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1452203962
  • 9781452203966
  • 810,418

Table of contents

Editors Preface
Authors Preface
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
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About Richard D. Parsons

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.
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