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The Essential Counselor
Process, Skills, and Techniques

Third Edition
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June 2014 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Written with a warm, engaging, and passionate spirit, the Third Edition of David R. Hutchinson’s The Essential Counselor comprehensively reveals the process of becoming a counselor from start to finish. Emphasizing the importance of the therapeutic alliance, this practical book provides budding and experienced counselors with real-world examples, reflection activities, and skill-building exercises that challenge and promote the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in professional counseling environments. The fully updated Third Edition is rich with case studies and features video demonstrations of key skills needed when working with clients.


 
Preface
 
Learning Aids and Demonstration Videos
 
The Organization of This Book
 
Using the Lab Practice Activities in This Book
Lab Practice 1.1: Using Your Natural Skills  
The Counselor Role in the Lab Practice Model  
The Supervisor Role in the Lab Practice Model  
The Role of Feedback in the Lab Practice Model  
The Lab Practice Model With Audio- and Videotaping  
 
The Essence of This Book—A Personal Note to Students
 
Integrating Skills and Theory
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. An Invitation to Counseling Work
Who Becomes a Counselor?  
The Nature of the Work  
Counseling, Psychotherapy, and the Range of Helping Roles  
The Joys and Challenges of Counseling  
Building Multicultural and Ethical Competence  
The Effective Counselor  
Concluding Thoughts: A Personal Perspective  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
2. Getting Started: Skills and Tasks for Engaging a New Client
Personal Appearance: The Power of First Impressions  
The Counseling Workspace  
Getting Started  
Finding a Good Supervisor  
Planning for Your First Meeting  
The First Contact  
The Importance of Nonverbal Behavior  
Using Questions for Fact-Finding and Engagement  
Other Simple, Supportive Tools for Engagement  
Concluding Thoughts: The Beginnings of an Alliance  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
3. Skills for Developing the Relationship
The Empathic Foundation  
Effectively Listening to Your Client  
Effectively Responding to Your Client Using Reflection Skills  
Working With Your Client’s Feelings  
Concluding Thoughts: Listening With Head and Heart  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
4. Skills for Deepening the Relationship
Focusing  
Personalizing to Promote Responsibility  
Immediacy  
Using Hunches  
Affirming and Validating  
Using Challenges  
Observation of the Use of Hunches and Challenges on the Website  
Tracking the Themes of Your Client’s Material  
Danger Areas in Responding to New Clients  
Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback  
Concluding Thoughts: Deepening the Relationship  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
5. Assessment, Goal Setting, and Action Planning
The Importance of Good Assessment  
Assessment of the Whole Person  
Choosing Strategies for Action Based on Theoretical Orientation  
Assessing Overall Level of Functioning  
Goal Setting and Action Planning  
The Effective Counseling Action Plan: Clear Goals and Ground Rules  
Concluding Thoughts: Putting It All Together  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
6. Essential Action Skills: Working Toward Goals
A Call to Action  
Skills for Action with Clients at Level 1 and Level 2  
Using the Relationship in Service of the Goals  
Concluding Thoughts: Skills and Relationship, a Potent Combination  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
7. Advanced Action Skills: Moving Beyond Stability
Interpretation  
Working With Dreams  
Poetry, Metaphors, Stories, and Humor  
The Use of Expressive Arts as Counseling Strategies  
Philosophical Counseling  
Community Service as a Counseling Strategy  
Concluding Thoughts: Appreciating Life’s Mystery  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
8. Skills for Ending
About Endings  
Ending the Counseling Relationship  
Measuring Success  
Concluding Thoughts: After Ending  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
9. Skills for Managing Crisis Situations
Defining Crisis  
Effective Crisis Counselors  
The Immediate Crisis Response: What Needs to Happen?  
Crisis Counseling: Implementing the Plan  
Crisis Intervention and the Risk of Suicide  
Crisis Counseling and Acute Grief  
Concluding Thoughts: Crisis Counseling and Counselor Self-Care  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
10. Exceptional Counseling Challenges
Challenging Adult Clients  
Reluctant Clients  
Drug or Alcohol Abusing Clients  
Seriously, Persistently Mentally Ill Clients  
Counseling Children and Adolescents  
Concluding Thoughts: Every Client Is a Challenge  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
11. Developing Ethical and Cultural Competency
Establishing the Ethical Foundation for Good Practice  
Expanding Cultural Competency  
Concluding Thoughts: Beyond Difference  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
12. The Whole Counselor: Maintaining Health and Perspective
Maintaining a Sense of Aliveness and Personal Growth  
The Counselor as a Whole Person  
Nurturing the Whole Counselor and Avoiding Burnout  
Concluding Thoughts: Staying Fresh  
For Further Thought  
References  
 
Index
 
About the Author

Examples in the chapters and skills covered.

Dr Linda Autry
School Of Education, Univ Of Houston-Victoria
September 13, 2015

It is up-to-date on DSM-5, and I like the order of the chapters.

Dr Linda Autry
School Of Education, Univ Of Houston-Victoria
January 19, 2015

Found a book which includes case conceptualization

Mrs Portia Turco
Counselor education , Suny College At Plattsburgh
January 18, 2015

Good into to counseling text. Like exercises.

Dr Robert Baker
Psychology Dept, St Andrews University
November 7, 2014

I am no longer teaching the course.

Dr Jo Hittner
Counselor Education Dept, Winona State University
September 30, 2014

I adopted this text for my Applied Counseling course, scheduled for Spring, 2015. I chose it because it focuses on very practical skills appropriate for undergraduate students interested in counseling as a career.

Dr Pamela Danker
Psychology, Blackburn College
September 30, 2014
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • Professionally-filmed videos demonstrate key skills needed when working with clients, as covered in core chapters.
  • Text and online lab exercises provide students with both theoretical and applicative foundations at each step of the learning process.
  • New and relevant cases have been added throughout the book.
  • All references have been updated to reflect the latest research in the field.

 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Personal stories and case examples illustrate and humanize the skills in discussion.
  • Intervention skills taken from a variety of theoretical traditions are matched with appropriate levels of client developmental function, providing counselors-in-training with initial means to link counseling theory and actual practice.
  • Chapters that focus on such special clients and counseling situations as children, addicted clients, crisis intervention, and acute grief are included.
  • Guidance includes chapters devoted to helping new counselors develop ethical, culturally-sensitive counseling practices, as well as counselor self-care and avoidance of burnout.
  • The importance of the counseling relationship—the development of the therapeutic alliance—is emphasized throughout the text. 
    Personal reflection exercises and lab practice experiences based on the Quadrad lab practice model allow for structured practice of skills.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2


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