The practical skills and concepts distilled in the present form, are the contributions of countless colleagues and clients who over the years have challenged the creative energies of the author.
NEW PRACTICAL MATERIAL
Since the release of the first edition, the author has written brief practical articles on fourteen topics related to skills and approaches to common problems. These are presented in Appendix Two: Skills and Approaches To Common Life Challenges.
This additional section has been prepared as ready-to-use content addressing common life problems and challenges. Topics include grief, depression, marital difficulties, domestic abuse, infidelity, conflict and communication problems, sexual abuse, suicide, death and dying, anger, loss of caring parents, and addiction. The articles in this section can be used freely without alteration, as handouts in workshops or seminars delivered to schools, church or religious groups, hospital staff, and other educational and training events and venues.
COUNSELING IN A BOOK
This content is also available separately in a volume entitled Counseling In A Book: Help For Common Life Problems with the addition of a Life Story Questionnaire to facilitate self-awareness and healing, and a series of ten empathy lessons prepared for the classroom, workplace, and personal relationships.
The value and success of a counseling practice depend upon the quality of service provided to the public. If the client or referral source can easily and readily perceive the usefulness of counseling approaches and services, word-of-mouth referrals will occur and prospective clients will inquire about counseling. When clients are not appearing, counselors in private practice use the time to make their services known to the public and to referral sources.
NO PERMISSION REQUIRED
The contents of this second edition volume provide articles that can be used to communicate areas of practice and that impress upon prospective clients the benefits of counseling. Appendix Two gives the text of practical articles for issues and problems commonly seen in counseling. The author suggests that the articles can be sent out periodically, depending on the counselor's areas of practice, with the addition of the counselor's own contact information so that referring persons and clients can easily connect with the counselor.
Without permission needed from the author, the complete articles can be circulated individually or added to a newsletter delivered by email or regular mail. To respect intellectual property rights, the author only requires that each complete article be used without abridgment, alteration, or editing of any kind. Effective Counseling Skills is designed to achieve the primary purpose of making counseling skills public knowledge in the belief that the health of society is improved when counseling is known to the most people.
The style of the manual is conversational with numerous examples of the wording of therapeutic statements. Major topic areas in the main content include an explanation of the client's personal history, suicide prevention, how to begin and deepen the counseling process, helping the client learn healthy ways of relating, moving the client from childhood to maturity, skills for healing grief, and working with couples who want to make progress with issues of conflict, infidelity, addiction, and other common problems.
Practical ways to build and manage a counseling practice are presented. A detailed index and table of contents make the volume easy to use as a guide for both the practitioner as well as people seeking help.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After completing an MSW degree at the Kent School of Social Work in 1977, the author gained clinical experience in counselling and psychotherapy in hospital and private practice settings. He began the Counsellor Training Institute in 1985 expanding to five cities, and founded the Canadian Professional Counsellors' Association. Currently he is President of the Online College of Mental Health Counselling providing counsellor training for the general public for personal development and entry to the counselling profession.
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Other titles by the author include Grow Your Counseling Practice, Counseling In A Book, Loss and Grief Counseling Skills, and Learn Empathy.