Learning the Art of Helping: Building Blocks and Techniques (3rd Edition)

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For counseling techniques and for basic skills courses in counseling, social work, and psychology departments. Assuming no prior knowledge of counseling techniques, this highly interactive text takes students, step-by-step through the acquisition of the skills and techniques for effectively helping their future clients. The author's straightforward writing style, clearly-stated instructions, and numerous practice exercises prepare students to use assessment information, plan treatment, and implement helping strategies. Coverage encompasses the full complement of commonly used techniques, from basic "building block" skills to more advanced therapeutic skills.

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This book introduces readers to basic helping skills and advanced helping techniques within an eclectic framework, providing interactive, step-by-step instructions and practice exercises. A straightforward writing style discusses the most commonly used techniques, and prepares future practitioners to integrate assessment data, plan treatment, and implement strategies for a wide range of clients. Chapter topics include the therapeutic relationship; invitational skills; reflecting and advanced reflecting skills; understanding the client; challenging, goal-setting, and solution skills; enhancing efficacy and self-esteem; practicing new behaviors; new learning experiences; and evaluating the effectiveness of helping. For counselors, social workers, psychologists, and anyone interested in learning the basic techniques of helping.

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Mark Young is a Professor at the University of Central Florida. He received his doctorate from Ohio University in 1985. He has trained helpers for more than 17 years and worked in community mental health, private practice, college counseling centers, and corrections for more than 20 years. His professional writing has focused mainly on therapeutic methods and techniques and couples counseling. If you have comments or suggestions on what you have read, please send e-mail to meyoung@mail.ucf.edu.

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