An Introduction to Helping Skills
Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring
- Jane Westergaard - Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Coaching & Career Guidance | Counselling Skills | Counselling and Psychotherapy (General)
Readers will be introduced to the three core approaches of counselling, coaching and mentoring, and shown how they work across a variety of settings, including therapy, teaching, social work and nursing.
Part 1 takes readers through the theory, approaches and skills needed for helping work, and includes chapters on:
- The differences and similarities of counselling, coaching and mentoring
- Foundational and advanced skills for effective helping
- Supervision and reflective practice
- Ethical helping and working with diversity
Part 2 shows how helping skills look in practice, in a variety of different helping professions. 10 specially-written case studies show you the intricacies of different settings and client groups, including work in schools, hospitals, telephone helplines and probation programs.
In this engaging book, Jane Westergaard draws on her extensive knowledge and experience as a helper and educator. Those who are new to counselling, coaching and mentoring are in safe hands here; those who are already familiar with these disciplines will find much to stimulate and provoke fresh thinking.
A highly engaging and comprehensive introduction to ‘helping’ and the skills needed to practice in this field. Accessible, practical and effective.
I feel it would have been useful to read this book during my foundation studies, or while I was considering training, as it provides an excellent overview. By far the most useful aspect of the book were the activities advocated within the text, which I found positioned certain issues differently to how I learned about them during my training, and coaxed me into examining things in a new way. I would firmly advocate giving this to people in the formative stages of their journey into a helping profession.
This book was excellent, it was pitched at just the right level for my students.
A useful guide to support professionals within roles that require coaching and mentoring.
This text provides reassurance to students who are developing helping skills as well as contextualising for a broad range of practice settings, so ideal for generic care courses.
This book makes clear distinction of core concepts related to helping professions. Particularly useful all the provided case studies.
This book is a very useful insight in to helping relationships and helping skills. I particularly like the case studies.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Helping Roles and Professions: Defining the Terms