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The Essential Counselor


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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

About the Author

David R. Hutchinson prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for careers in psychology and counseling. His areas of special focus are group work, addictions, and grieving. A former Peace Corps volunteer, David's priorities include travel and maintaining an international perspective in his life and work. He has trained counselors in Grenada and established sister school relationships between five schools in Vermont and Grenada. In Vermont, David continues his emphasis on intensive, process-oriented coursework with long weekend retreats at an off-campus lodge near Caspian Lake in the woods of the Northeast Kingdom. In 2006, David was honored with the Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award. He holds positions on the boards of the New England School of Addiction Studies and Northwest Counseling and Support Services in Franklin County, Vermont. He received his doctoral degree from State University of New York, Buffalo.

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