Basic Personal Counselling is an easy to read introduction to counselling that reflects current best practice. It teaches core interviewing skills and provides a framework of practical examples and training group exercises to enable students to progressively build a skill repertoire.
The book is designed to prepare students for field placement and therefore has a strong vocational focus.
Part 1. The nature and purpose of counselling 1. What is counselling 2. The counselling relationship 3. Influence of the counsellor's values Part 2. Foundation skills 4. Learning foundation skills 5. Joining and listening 6. Reflection of content (paraphrasing) 7. Reflection of feelings 8. Reflection of content and feelings 9. Use and abuse of questions 10. Summarising 11. Matching language and metaphor 12. Creating comfortable closure Part 3. Promoting change 13. Various approaches to counselling 14. Working collaboratively 15. An integrative approach to helping a person to change 16. Combining skills to facilitate the change process Part 4. Additional skills for promoting change 17. Normalising 18. Using the 'here and now' experience 19. Confrontation 20. Challenging self-destructive beliefs 21. Externalising 22. Solution-focused counselling skills 23. Exploring polarities 24. Reframing 25. Making decisions 26. Facilitating action 27. Experiential counselling skills 28. Facilitating relaxation Part 5. Dealing with particular problems 29. Counselling those troubled by addiction 30. Counselling those troubled by anger 31. Counselling those troubled by depression 32. Counselling those troubled by grief and loss 33. Crisis intervention 34. Responding to suicidal intentions Part 6. Technology and counselling 35. Telephone counselling 36. Internet counselling Part 7. Professional issues 37. The counselling environment 38. Keeping records of counselling sessions 39. Cultural issues 40. Confidentiality and other ethical issues 41. Counsellor training and the need for supervision 42. Looking after yourself