Essential Interviewing and Counseling Skills 2014 PDF
Essential Interviewing and Counseling Skills: An Integrated Approach to Practice is written for students from a wide range of helping professions—counseling, psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health advocacy, and creative arts therapy. These disciplines are as varied as the clients who serve them. What they share in common are the foundations of listening, observation, assessment, empathy, and skills to help individuals change and heal. The purpose of this introductory counseling text is to teach students the fundamental skills of interviewing, empathy, active listening, treatment planning, promoting change, and developing a strong therapeutic alliance.
This text stands apart from other introductory counseling textbooks because it provides a balanced and theoretically integrative approach to counseling. We came together to write this book largely because we approach psychotherapy from two different paradigms. Dr. Wadkins has extensive training in cognitive behavioral approaches and provided the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) foundation for this text. Dr. Prout’s contributions are grounded in her training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. It was our hope that these two theoretical approaches—the dominant perspectives used in clinical practice today—could be presented as complementary and with an emphasis on integration. This textbook is also intended for students just learning the art and science of counseling. Each chapter of Essential Interviewing and Counseling Skills: An Integrated Approach to Practice is deliberately written to be accessible to a beginning audience. Those seeking more advanced reading, particularly on a specific topic, will find the Further Reading section of each chapter helpful.
Our work with a diverse population of clients in New York City and our own backgrounds have consistently taught us the importance of recognizing the multicultural facets of interviewing and counseling. Throughout the text you will find case examples and sections titled “Spotlight on Culture” that emphasize the many ways difference and diversity inform our work. We believe multicultural competence is vital to training effective and sensitive clinicians. This includes the many forms diversity can take, including ethnicity, immigration, country of origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, and physical and cognitive abilities. Finally, and related to multicultural competence, this book is designed to challenge students to examine their own backgrounds and biases as they develop as professionals. You will see the call for trainees to pursue their own therapy throughout the book, and we have provided numerous exercises to help you begin to consider your own blind spots.
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