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Counseling and Helping Skills

Critical Techniques to Becoming a Counselor (First Edition)
Edward Neukrug
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Counseling and Helping Skills: Critical Techniques to Becoming a Counselor provides counselors and other helping professionals with a complete guide to developing the skills and competencies necessary to support a diverse spectrum of clients.

The text is divided into two sections. Part I begins with a chapter that describes nine characteristics of an effective counselor and then moves on to chapters that examine foundational, essential, and commonly used skills. Some skills discussed include nonverbal behaviors, forming an equal relationship, non-pathologizing, honoring and respecting clients, listening, empathy, affirmation giving, offering alternatives, self-disclosure, modeling, collaboration, and more. A separate chapter on information-gathering and solution-focused questions is provided next. Part I concludes with a chapter on specialized skills such as advocacy, assessment for lethality, confrontation, cognitive-behavioral responses, interpretation, positive counseling, life-coaching, and crisis, trauma, and disaster counseling.

Part II focuses on treatment issues, including chapters dedicated to case conceptualization; case management, such as DSM-5, psychotropic medications, writing case notes, and more; cultural competency, which describes models of culturally competent counseling and considerations when working with eleven select populations; ethical, professional, and legal issues, which examines the purpose of ethical codes, ethical decision-making, ten critical areas in ethical codes, vignettes, best practices, and malpractice insurance.

Comprehensive in nature and filled with valuable insight, Counseling and Helping Skills is ideal for graduate-level counseling and related programs. It can also be used by those entering the helping professions to support their transition into the field and serve as a helpful ongoing reference.

Edward Neukrug earned his doctorate in counselor education at the University of Cincinnati and is a professor of counseling at Old Dominion University. A licensed professional counselor and licensed psychologist, he has experience in outpatient therapy, crisis counseling, substance abuse counseling, private practice, and as a school counselor. Dr. Neukrug has written and given hundreds of articles and presentations, and is the author of eight books, including Counseling Theory and Practice; A Brief Orientation to Counseling; The World of the Counselor; Theory, Practice, and Trends in Human Services: An Introduction; the Dictionary of Counseling and Human Services; Essentials of Testing and Assessment; Skills and Techniques for Human Services Professionals; and Skills and Tools for Today’s Counselors and Psychotherapists. He also the editor of the two-volume Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy.
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