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Practical Counselling and Helping Skills

Practical Counselling and Helping Skills
Text and Activities for the Lifeskills Counselling Model

Sixth Edition
  • Richard Nelson-Jones - Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

December 2013 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This sixth edition provides a step-by-step guide to using counselling and helping skills with confidence and proficiency. The author's three-stage model of counselling - relating, understanding and changing - is designed to facilitate developing lifeskills in clients and to help them to change how they feel, think, communicate and act.

It includes new chapters on 'Technology mediated counselling and helping', with updated research and references throughout.

Using practical activities and case examples, the book takes you beyond the basics to more advanced skills, making it an essential companion for all counselling skills courses.

Richard Nelson-Jones has many years' experience as a counsellor, trainer and psychotherapist. His books have helped train thousands of counsellors and helpers worldwide. He is a Fellow of the British and Australian Psychological Societies and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


What is counselling and helping?
Create communication skills and feelings
Create mind skills
The lifeskills counselling model
Pre-counselling contact
Listening skills
Show understanding skills
Start the counselling and helping process
Clarify problems skills
Assess feelings and physical reactions
Assess thinking
Assess communication and actions
Agree on a shared definition of problems
Plan interventions
Deliver interventions
Interventions for thinking - 1
Interventions for thinking - 2
Interventions for communication and actions - 1
Interventions for communication and actions - 2
Interventions for feelings
Negotiate homework
Conduct middle sessions
End and assist client self-helping
Relaxation Interventions
Multicultural counselling and helping
Gender-aware counselling and helping
Jane Evans
Technology mediated counselling and helping
Positive counselling and helping
Ethics in practice and training
Personal Counselling and Continued Professional Development

This book encourages students to look at generic counselling and helping skills. The case studies and practical exercises are used in class

Ms Stella Burgoyne
Business & Professional Studies, Blackpool and the Fylde College
March 31, 2014

This has proved a useful book so far in relation to case studies and activities for student involvement. Some of the concepts take the students to the next level of intereventions and in that respect have generated much discussion in class in relation to how theory is put into practice (or not in some cases).
The book has been on loan to a number of students who have reported back positively.

Mrs Jackie Robertson
School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
February 24, 2014

A very welcome updated edition of a core text.

Ms Alison Fielding
Department of Professional Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
January 14, 2014

Excellent book for level 2 and above. Very easy to read and understand. Would definitely recommend this book to my students.

Elaine Squires
Counselling, Doncaster College
January 13, 2014

A really good practical text for counselling and mental health students.

Mr Paul McCreary
Department of Mental Health Nursing, Bucks New University
December 18, 2013

A highly readable, well-structured and clear basic introduction to skills, applicable across the board. Great reference text for new trainees which includes everything the neophyte counsellor needs to know about ethical practice and context. An essential text for our year 1 students

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
December 4, 2013

Although considering this text for postgraduate students, I believe it to be a worthy companion at undergraduate level also, and shall be adopting it for first degree students also. It is written in accessible English, has clear case study applications of theory to practice and is clearly referenced so that students may locate topics easily. A great introduction!

Mrs Valerie Sanders
Counselor Education , University of Greenwich
December 4, 2013

This is an extremely good introduction to the process of using counselling skills. It provides a range of extremely helpful exercises by which the reader can assimilate and practice the techniques being recommended

Mr Armin Luthi
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
November 21, 2013

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