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The Counseling Skills Practice Manual

The Counseling Skills Practice Manual

September 2011 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Counseling Skills Practice Manual is a practical guide for students who are working on improving their counseling skills. Designed as a companion to The Essential Counselor and its accompanying DVD of professionally demonstrated skills, this manual works directly with the student, offering a discussion of each skill set along with examples and practice exercises.

The manual features 12 practice sessions, each of which focuses on a specific counseling skill set. Many of the essential skills are covered, such as using questions, nonverbal behaviors, making reflections of client meaning, and feeling. But the student also gains practice here with other important skills, such as learning how to deal with clients in crisis and reluctant clients, how to appropriately confront, and how to give and receive accurate and supportive feedback to one another.

These practice sessions are designed to help the students recognize and build upon their natural interpersonal skill set as they learn new skills. They will help students become more competent in their use of counseling skills and feel more comfortable and confident in their roles as emerging counseling professionals.

1. Getting Started: Using Your Natural Interest and Curiosity About People
2. Giving and Receiving Feedback
3. Getting Started With a New Client: Nonverbal Behavior
4. Using Questions to Engage and Fact-Find
5. Using Reflections for Engagement and for the Exploration of Feeling
6. Using Little Tools With Big Effect: Silence and Simple Prompts
7. Hunches, Challenges, and the Use of Paradox
8. Making It Personal: Affirming and Promoting Immediacy
9. Ethical and Cultural Issues
10. Dealing With Crisis
11. Working With a Reluctant Client
12. Putting It All Together: Using Natural and Learned Skills
About the Author

Deals too much with adults and not enough with children.

Dr Crystal Hill-Chapman
Psychology, Francis Marion University
October 16, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive review of each skill prior to the practice session in which it is demonstrated
  • Connects skills learned to professional practice through comprehensive review of the skills being utilized by professionals on the DVD sessions
  • Provides ample student review and practice opportunities, including both written exercises and role-playing to develop greater proficiency in each skill
  • Encourages thorough evaluation opportunities through both student self evaluation and peer/instructor evaluation for each skill being learned

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