`The new Fifth Edition shows Richard Nelson Jones at his very best: clear, concise and helpful in a practical way. I strongly recommend this text′ - Windy Dryden, Professor of Counselling, Goldsmiths College, London
′A welcome update...creating a powerful and stimulating learning experience′- Pat Beardsworth, Director, Welsh Centre for Counselling Psychology, Swansea
′Richard Nelson Jones′s use of lifeskills counselling provides significant added value to our services, particularly with our more difficult clients ′- David Stratford, Director, Davidson & Associates, Melbourne
′An excellent practical book, packed with useful information. An ideal text for training courses′ - Stephen Palmer, Centre for Stress Management, London
′This book provides a secure base from which the counsellor can practice in an empathic, effective and ethical manner′ - Robert Bor, Professor of Psychology, City University, London
′A unique combination of theory, skills and practical activities in a highly informative and impressively detailed text′ - Ken Fisher, Bolton Institute
′A great training book....extremely useful for a wide variety of counselling, helping and pastoral care settings′ - Dr Ron Perry, Director, Institute for Counselling, Sydney, Australia
′Invaluable and interesting text and exercises for building a broad range of counselling skills′ - Dr Doug Farnill, Faculty of Medicine, Sydney University, Australia
This new Fifth Edition of Richard Nelson-Jones′ bestselling Practical Counselling & Helping Skills presents the core skills needed to be a successful counsellor. Fully revised and updated, the text is based on the Relationship-Understanding-Changing (RUC) lifeskills counselling model. This provides a systematic approach for clients to develop specific lifeskills to change how they feel, think, communicate and act, and this book provides ways for the counsellor to facilitate this
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Richard Nelson-Jones was born in London in 1936. Having spent five years in California as a Second World War refugee, he returned in the 1960s to obtain a Masters and Ph.D from Stanford University. In 1970, he was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Aston to establish a Diploma in Counselling in Educational Settings, which started enrolling students in 1971. During the 1970s, he was helped by having three Fulbright Professors from the United States, each for a year, who both taught students and improved his skills. During this period he broadened out from a predominantly client-centred orientation to becoming much more cognitive-behavioural. He also wrote numerous articles and the first edition of what is now The Theory and Practice of Counselling and Therapy, which was published in 1982. In addition, he chaired the British Psychological Society′s Working Party on Counselling and, in1982, became the first chairperson of the BPS Counselling Psychology Section.
In 1984, he took up a position as a counselling and later counselling psychology trainer at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he became an Associate Professor. He continued writing research articles, articles on professional issues and books, which were published in London and Sydney. As when he worked at Aston University, he also counselled clients to keep up his skills. In 1997, he retired from RMIT and moved to Chiang Mai in Thailand. There, as well as doing some counselling and teaching, he has continued as an author of counselling and counselling psychology textbooks. A British and Australian citizen, he now divides his time between Chiang Mai and London and regularly visits Australia.
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