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Practical Counselling and Helping Skills

Practical Counselling and Helping Skills
Text and Activities for the Lifeskills Counselling Model

Sixth Edition
  • Richard Nelson-Jones - Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

November 2013 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This sixth edition provides a step-by-step guide to using counselling and helping skills with confidence and proficiency. The author's three-stage model of counselling - relating, understanding and changing - is designed to facilitate developing lifeskills in clients and to help them to change how they feel, think, communicate and act.

It includes new chapters on 'Technology mediated counselling and helping', with updated research and references throughout.

Using practical activities and case examples, the book takes you beyond the basics to more advanced skills, making it an essential companion for all counselling skills courses.

Richard Nelson-Jones has many years' experience as a counsellor, trainer and psychotherapist. His books have helped train thousands of counsellors and helpers worldwide. He is a Fellow of the British and Australian Psychological Societies and of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


What is counselling and helping?
Create communication skills and feelings
Create mind skills
The lifeskills counselling model
Pre-counselling contact
Listening skills
Show understanding skills
Start the counselling and helping process
Clarify problems skills
Assess feelings and physical reactions
Assess thinking
Assess communication and actions
Agree on a shared definition of problems
Plan interventions
Deliver interventions
Interventions for thinking - 1
Interventions for thinking - 2
Interventions for communication and actions - 1
Interventions for communication and actions - 2
Interventions for feelings
Negotiate homework
Conduct middle sessions
End and assist client self-helping
Relaxation Interventions
Multicultural counselling and helping
Gender-aware counselling and helping
Jane Evans
Technology mediated counselling and helping
Positive counselling and helping
Ethics in practice and training
Personal Counselling and Continued Professional Development

This book is a helpful resource for senior students embarking on the counselling journey. It covers the most fundamental principals, theories and practical aspects of counselling. The inclusion on activities adds value to the students' experience of counselling. The book is very user friendly and progresses in a logical sequence. I would recommend this book to all new counsellors.

Ms Cindy Melanie Swartbooi
Psychology, Cornerstone Institute
July 28, 2016

A clear and well structured book, that has useful activities for learners who are embarking on counselling training from a basic level and beyond.

Mrs Julie Clayton
Adult Education, St Vincent College
March 3, 2016

Extremely informative and well structured

Ms Catherine J Drewer
Learning for Life, Southend Adult Community College
September 25, 2015

A useful resource to aid with skill development

Ms Victoria Jones
Education, University of South Wales
April 2, 2015

Nelson-Jones presents a comprehensive book about counselling skills which enhances student skills practice

Mr Adrian Easton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
March 22, 2015

Good book for added research to the subject under discussion

Miss Sarah Bishop
Public Services, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
March 20, 2015

Very useful addition to texts used on the course for midwives during genetic counselling in haemoglobinopathies.

Ms Chioma Onyedinma-Ndubueze
Adult Nursing, London South Bank University
March 5, 2015

This is an informative and comprehensive book, which provides robust links to practice.

Dr Gillian Constable
Division of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University
February 5, 2015

Very useful text and will be incprporated into the Psychological therapies awarde.

Library informed

Mr Brian Bell
School of Health and Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
October 13, 2014

an easy to access work for level 5 students and is also useful to level 6 students for exam revision

Mrs Sonia Pieczenko-Feldges
Care , University Centre Grimsby
April 3, 2014