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Counselling Skills For Dummies

Counselling Skills For Dummies

Gail Evans

ISBN: 978-1-119-99241-7

Dec 2010

354 pages

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Whether you are considering becoming a counsellor, have to provide some form of counselling as part of your job, or are simply interested in communicating well, Counselling Skills For Dummies provides the perfect introduction to the practical basics of counselling.

Starting with a thorough guide to the qualities, knowledge and skills needed to become a ‘listening helper’, the book goes on to provide a framework for a counselling session, helping you to successfully manage a potentially daunting process. It illustrates how you can create a positive relationship between listener and speaker and how asking the right questions is so important to the progression of that relationship. It also shows how you can better understand yourself, which is a crucial step in ensuring that you break down your own barriers to listening.


Part I: Focusing on Yourself First.

Chapter 1: Introducing Counselling Skills.

Chapter 2: Understanding Yourself through Personal Development.

Chapter 3: Taking Care of Yourself.

Chapter 4: Maintaining Good Practice.

Part II: The Listening Helper.

Chapter 5: Being a Listening Helper.

Chapter 6: Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge for Listening.

Chapter 7: Recognising Your Own Barriers to Listening.

Part III: Structuring a Helping Conversation.

Chapter 8: Establishing a Helping Relationship.

Chapter 9: Stage One: Beginning the Discussion.

Chapter 10: Stage Two: Deepening Understanding.

Chapter 11: Stage Three: Working with Action and Endings.

Part IV: Understanding People and Problems.

Chapter 12: Being Prepared for Common Personal Problems.

Chapter 13: Understanding People from a Social Perspective.

Chapter 14: Understanding Individuals from a Psychological Perspective.

Part V: Handling Challenges.

Chapter 15: Coping with Different Types of Helping Conversations.

Chapter 16: Dealing with Difficulties.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten or So Key Counselling Skills.

Chapter 18: Ten Resources for Improving Your Counselling Skills.

Chapter 19: Ten Great Counselling Books.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Case Studies and Discussion.

Appendix B: Becoming a Counsellor.


"If being a counsellor is something that you are particularly interested in…then this could be a good book for you." (British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, March 2008)