Basic Skills in Psychotherapy and Counseling, 1st Edition

  • Christiane Brems University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • ISBN-10: 053454942X
  • ISBN-13: 9780534549428
  • 448 Pages Hardcover 
  • © 2001 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $89.25 
 

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Overview

This engaging, straightforward, and easy-to-read text is designed to prepare students for beginning mental health practice by helping them develop an overall appreciation of counseling and psychotherapy, along with the basic skills they will need to work effectively with clients. Skill-building exercises throughout the text help students master four types of skills: personal and professional development skills (including cultural sensitivity), communication skills, skills associated with the client's thoughts (cognitive skills), and skills associated with the client's emotions (affective skills).


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Features/Benefits

  • Brems engages readers and guides them through easy-to-understand discussions and exercises central to the basic skills they'll need to be successful counselors.
  • Students are encouraged to develop the personal and professional skills they will need as they embark upon therapeutic work with clients, including personal traits, self-care, and values clarification.
  • Parts Two through Four cover basic communication skills, skills needed for understanding the thought processes of clients (interpreting thoughts, asking clarifying questions, and confrontation), and skills needed to understand and work with the client's emotions.
  • Transcripts throughout the text illustrate skills in action.
  • Skill-building exercises help students understand, develop, and explore each skill thoroughly.
  • Skill Development Recommendations sections provide exercises and information on how to develop particular skills.
  • Numerous tables in each chapter summarize key information.
  • Chapter 3 focuses on self-care for therapists, an area often overlooked in other texts.
  • Christiane Brems' companion text, DEALING WITH CHALLENGES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING, discusses more advanced skills and is ideal for readers ready to take the next step in their professional development.

Table of Contents

Part I: PRELIMINARY ISSUES.
1. Traits of Successful Therapists and Counselors.
2. Self-Awareness Skills.
3. Self-Care Skills.
Part II: SKILLS TO FACILITATE COMMUNICATION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING.
4. Attending Skills: Nonverbal Communication and Listening.
5. Questions to Encourage Communication.
6. Response Types: Verbal Communication and Client Disclosure.
7. Moving Beyond Simple Communication: The Process of Empathy.
Part III: SKILLS FOR COGNITIVE AWARENESS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING.
8. Working with Thought and Cognition: Overview and Basic Skills.
9. Working with Thought and Cognition: Advanced Interventions.
Part IV: SKILLS FOR AFFECTIVE AWARENESS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELING.
10. Working with Affect and Emotion: Overview and Basic Skills.
11. Working with Affect and Emotion: Focus on the Body.
12. Working with Affect and Emotion: Focus on Feelings.
Closure.
References.
Author Index.
Subject Index.

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Customer Reviews

"Well written with excellent examples."
— Martha Sauter, McLennan Community College
"Bravo. . . I especially liked the taking care of the person of the therapist. This is seldom if ever seen in a text."
— Bob Egbert, Southern Adventist University

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