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Essential Counseling Skills: Practice and Application Guide

by Sandra L Magnuson and Ken Norem SAGE Publications, Inc
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Essential Counseling Skills is a text or supplement for counseling techniques and practicum courses found across counseling and mental health curriculums. This book is intended as a practical, step-by-step guide to helps students develop and practice essential skills necessary for their careers as counselors. The authors modified their existing manual focused on children to be broader for the adult population in mental health and counselor education. They class tested it this past semester and received great praise and feedback from their students.

The book provides an overview of various skills and constructs related to the practice of professional counselors and helps students develop key skills around empathy, building relationships, case conceptualization, facilititaing change, and integration of theory. The book is unique in its focus on activities and application. It also encourages deep reflection at every stage to help the student internalize the concepts presented.

Course participants are encouraged to document their experiences as well as the inferences they derive from those experiences. The Guide is developed in the context of a professional journey. Thus, chapters are called “tours” and the contents are provided as an “itinerary,” while frequent “tour guide comments” provide background information or direction throughout the text. The conceptualization, treatment planning, documentation, and progress monitoring are somewhat unusual in a text of this nature; however, they are essential for competent practice.

The text could be used independently or as a supplement for techniques of counseling skills courses. Although the text is directed toward professional counselors, the skills are applicable to professionals in other helping fields as well.

Tour 1: Preparation for Departure: Who Am I and How Do I Interact With Others?Tour 2: Preparation for Departure: Building Relationships with Basic Listening SkillsTour 3: Departure: Advanced Facilitation SkillsTour 4: Traveling With a Theory: Integration and PersonalizationTour 5: Applying Theory: Assessment and ConceptualizationTour 6: Meeting Clients: Treatment Planning, Progress Monitoring, and DocumentationTour 7: Consolidation: Celebrating the Journey and Preparing to Go Separate Ways

Sandy Magnuson received a Masteras degree in elementary school counseling at Southwest Missouri State University in 1983 and a doctorate degree in counselor education from the University of Alabama. After teaching in counselor education programs in Alabama, Texas, and Colorado, Dr. Magnuson returned to elementary school counseling at University Schools in Greeley, Colorado and retired in 2010. During her career as a counselor educator and school counselor, she was committed to active participation in school counseling organizations and her own continuing education and supervision. She also conducted research in the development of counselors across the professional lifespan and supervision of counselors. Dr. Magnuson authored over 60 articles that have been published in professional journals.