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A Brief Primer of Helping Skills
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A Brief Primer of Helping Skills


November 2007 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A Brief Primer of Helping Skills is a highly readable, accessible, and practical introduction to the skills of helping and making a difference in people's lives. In an engaging and concise style, author Jeffrey A. Kottler gives students in various professions an overview of the theory, process, and skills of helping methods. It is designed as an operating manual for those in human service professions to learn the basics involved in developing helping relationships, assessing and diagnosing complaints, promoting exploration and understanding, and designing and implementing action plans.

Key Features

  • Offers a brief introduction to the helping process: Written in an accessible and conversational style, this book helps students and professionals become familiar with the basic process quickly.
  • Provides personal applications: This book helps students enrich their lives while learning how to be more helpful to others.
  • Includes applications to a variety of settings and disciplines: Students can actually use material and skills in the book in all the various domains in which they function—at work, in volunteer agencies, with friends and family.
  • Uses an integrative approach: The best features of all major theories and research are combined into a unified model of helping that is responsive to different needs.

Intended Audience

This supplemental text is ideal for introductory undergraduate and graduate courses such as Introduction to Social Work, Introduction to Counseling, and Introduction to Human Services in the fields of counseling, psychology, human services, social work, education, family studies, marital and family therapy, pastoral work, nursing, human resource development, and other helping professions. It is also an excellent resource for beginning practitioners.


 
Preface
 
Ch 1: Learning Helping Skills
Why be a Helper?

 
Changes in the Field

 
A Daunting Journey

 
Making a Difference

 
Personal Qualities

 
Take Some Advice

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
Further Reading

 
 
Ch 2: Theories of Helping
Internalizing Theories

 
What Theories Can Do For You

 
Theories You Should Know About

 
Conclusions About Theory

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 3: Processes and Stages
Stages of Helping

 
Stage I: Pretreatment

 
Stage II: Exploration

 
Stage III: Insight

 
Stage IV: Action

 
Stave V: Evaluation

 
Closure Issues

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 4: Helping Relationships
Reflect Back

 
Uses of the Helping Relationship

 
Customized Relationships

 
Basically Speaking

 
Practical Issues

 
Getting the Relationship Started

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 5: Exploration Skills
Internal Attitudes

 
Attending Behaviors

 
Practice Makes Perfect

 
Presenting Yourself

 
Listening

 
Time to Practice

 
Eliciting Information

 
Asking Questions

 
Assessing Strengths and Resources

 
Formulating Diagnoses

 
Assessing Risk

 
Responding to Content

 
Responding to Feelings

 
Try It Out

 
Facing Silence

 
Establishing Goals

 
Making the Transition to Action

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 6: Action Skills
A Check-off List

 
Ways of Taking Action

 
Planning an Intervention

 
Contracting for Change

 
Confrontation

 
Teaching People to Think Differently

 
Constructing Alternative Stories

 
Role-playing and Rehearsal

 
Behavioral Interventions

 
Giving Feedback

 
Using Imagery

 
Dealing With Resistance

 
Employing Adjuncts

 
When You Don't Have Enough Time

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 7: Brief Interventions
Some Cautionary Advice

 
Principles of Brief Intervention

 
A Different Way of Thinking About Change

 
An Abbreviated Process

 
Reframing Problems

 
Look for Exceptions

 
Find Out What Works

 
Miracle Question

 
A Single Session

 
Crisis Intervention

 
Choose Your Method Carefully

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 8: Leading Groups
Differences Between Group and Individual Sessions

 
Some Advantages and Disadvantages

 
Work With a Co-leader

 
When to Intervene in Groups

 
Practical Considerations in Running a Group

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Ch 9: Looking at Yourself
Practicing What You Preach

 
Making Helping a Lifestyle

 
Ethical Issues

 
Getting the Most From Supervision

 
Joys of Helping

 
For Review

 
For Reflection and Practice

 
For Further Reading

 
Index

 

Best choice of those considered

Dr Terry Lane
Counselor Education , acadia university
June 24, 2011
Key features
  • A brief introduction to the helping process - helps students and professionals become familiar with the basic process quickly
  • Well-known author with high reputation and name visibility
  • Easy, conversational writing style
  • Large target market/courses
  • Interdisciplinary focus (counseling and psychotherapy, social work, human services, and psychology)

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5


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