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The Essential Counselor
Process, Skills, and Techniques

Third Edition
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July 2014 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written with a warm, engaging, and passionate spirit, the Third Edition of David R. Hutchinson’s The Essential Counselor comprehensively reveals the process of becoming a counselor from start to finish. Emphasizing the importance of the therapeutic alliance, this practical book provides budding and experienced counselors with real-world examples, reflection activities, and skill-building exercises that challenge and promote the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in professional counseling environments. The fully updated Third Edition is rich with case studies and features video demonstrations of key skills needed when working with clients.


 
Preface
 
Learning Aids and Demonstration Videos
 
The Organization of This Book
 
Using the Lab Practice Activities in This Book
Lab Practice 1.1: Using Your Natural Skills

 
The Counselor Role in the Lab Practice Model

 
The Supervisor Role in the Lab Practice Model

 
The Role of Feedback in the Lab Practice Model

 
The Lab Practice Model With Audio- and Videotaping

 
 
The Essence of This Book—A Personal Note to Students
 
Integrating Skills and Theory
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. An Invitation to Counseling Work
Who Becomes a Counselor?

 
The Nature of the Work

 
Counseling, Psychotherapy, and the Range of Helping Roles

 
The Joys and Challenges of Counseling

 
Building Multicultural and Ethical Competence

 
The Effective Counselor

 
Concluding Thoughts: A Personal Perspective

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
2. Getting Started: Skills and Tasks for Engaging a New Client
Personal Appearance: The Power of First Impressions

 
The Counseling Workspace

 
Getting Started

 
Finding a Good Supervisor

 
Planning for Your First Meeting

 
The First Contact

 
The Importance of Nonverbal Behavior

 
Using Questions for Fact-Finding and Engagement

 
Other Simple, Supportive Tools for Engagement

 
Concluding Thoughts: The Beginnings of an Alliance

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
3. Skills for Developing the Relationship
The Empathic Foundation

 
Effectively Listening to Your Client

 
Effectively Responding to Your Client Using Reflection Skills

 
Working With Your Client’s Feelings

 
Concluding Thoughts: Listening With Head and Heart

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
4. Skills for Deepening the Relationship
Focusing

 
Personalizing to Promote Responsibility

 
Immediacy

 
Using Hunches

 
Affirming and Validating

 
Using Challenges

 
Observation of the Use of Hunches and Challenges on the Website

 
Tracking the Themes of Your Client’s Material

 
Danger Areas in Responding to New Clients

 
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback

 
Concluding Thoughts: Deepening the Relationship

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
5. Assessment, Goal Setting, and Action Planning
The Importance of Good Assessment

 
Assessment of the Whole Person

 
Choosing Strategies for Action Based on Theoretical Orientation

 
Assessing Overall Level of Functioning

 
Goal Setting and Action Planning

 
The Effective Counseling Action Plan: Clear Goals and Ground Rules

 
Concluding Thoughts: Putting It All Together

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
6. Essential Action Skills: Working Toward Goals
A Call to Action

 
Skills for Action with Clients at Level 1 and Level 2

 
Using the Relationship in Service of the Goals

 
Concluding Thoughts: Skills and Relationship, a Potent Combination

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
7. Advanced Action Skills: Moving Beyond Stability
Interpretation

 
Working With Dreams

 
Poetry, Metaphors, Stories, and Humor

 
The Use of Expressive Arts as Counseling Strategies

 
Philosophical Counseling

 
Community Service as a Counseling Strategy

 
Concluding Thoughts: Appreciating Life’s Mystery

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
8. Skills for Ending
About Endings

 
Ending the Counseling Relationship

 
Measuring Success

 
Concluding Thoughts: After Ending

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
9. Skills for Managing Crisis Situations
Defining Crisis

 
Effective Crisis Counselors

 
The Immediate Crisis Response: What Needs to Happen?

 
Crisis Counseling: Implementing the Plan

 
Crisis Intervention and the Risk of Suicide

 
Crisis Counseling and Acute Grief

 
Concluding Thoughts: Crisis Counseling and Counselor Self-Care

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
10. Exceptional Counseling Challenges
Challenging Adult Clients

 
Reluctant Clients

 
Drug or Alcohol Abusing Clients

 
Seriously, Persistently Mentally Ill Clients

 
Counseling Children and Adolescents

 
Concluding Thoughts: Every Client Is a Challenge

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
11. Developing Ethical and Cultural Competency
Establishing the Ethical Foundation for Good Practice

 
Expanding Cultural Competency

 
Concluding Thoughts: Beyond Difference

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
12. The Whole Counselor: Maintaining Health and Perspective
Maintaining a Sense of Aliveness and Personal Growth

 
The Counselor as a Whole Person

 
Nurturing the Whole Counselor and Avoiding Burnout

 
Concluding Thoughts: Staying Fresh

 
For Further Thought

 
References

 
 
Index
 
About the Author

Examples in the chapters and skills covered.

Dr Linda Autry
School Of Education, Univ Of Houston-Victoria
September 13, 2015

It is up-to-date on DSM-5, and I like the order of the chapters.

Dr Linda Autry
School Of Education, Univ Of Houston-Victoria
January 19, 2015

Found a book which includes case conceptualization

Mrs Portia Turco
Counselor education , Suny College At Plattsburgh
January 18, 2015

Good into to counseling text. Like exercises.

Dr Robert Baker
Psychology Dept, St Andrews University
November 7, 2014

I am no longer teaching the course.

Dr Jo Hittner
Counselor Education Dept, Winona State University
September 30, 2014

I adopted this text for my Applied Counseling course, scheduled for Spring, 2015. I chose it because it focuses on very practical skills appropriate for undergraduate students interested in counseling as a career.

Dr Pamela Danker
Psychology, Blackburn College
September 30, 2014
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • Professionally-filmed videos demonstrate key skills needed when working with clients, as covered in core chapters.
  • Text and online lab exercises provide students with both theoretical and applicative foundations at each step of the learning process.
  • New and relevant cases have been added throughout the book.
  • All references have been updated to reflect the latest research in the field.

 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Personal stories and case examples illustrate and humanize the skills in discussion.
  • Intervention skills taken from a variety of theoretical traditions are matched with appropriate levels of client developmental function, providing counselors-in-training with initial means to link counseling theory and actual practice.
  • Chapters that focus on such special clients and counseling situations as children, addicted clients, crisis intervention, and acute grief are included.
  • Guidance includes chapters devoted to helping new counselors develop ethical, culturally-sensitive counseling practices, as well as counselor self-care and avoidance of burnout.
  • The importance of the counseling relationship—the development of the therapeutic alliance—is emphasized throughout the text. 
    Personal reflection exercises and lab practice experiences based on the Quadrad lab practice model allow for structured practice of skills.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2


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