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Counselling Skills


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An invitation to counselling
A model of embedded counselling
Counselling skills: basic building blocks of embedded practice
An A-Z of counselling skills
The counselling menu: goals, tasks and methods
Negotiating organizational realities
Ethical principles for embedded counselling
Working collaboratively: building a counselling relationship
Exploring issues to make meaning and develop understanding
Making sense of a specific problematic reaction
Resolving difficult feelings and emotions
Working together to change behaviour
Problem-solving, planning and decision-making
Finding, analysing and acting on information
Undoing self-criticism and enhancing self-care
Negotiating life transitions
Dealing with difficult relationships
Coming to terms with bereavement and loss
Dealing with difficult situations in counselling
Taking account of cultural diversity
Putting it all together: using supervision and consultation to do good work References

About the Author

John McLeod is Professor of Counselling at the University of Abertay Dundee, having previously taught at Keele University and Wolverhampton University. He has practised in a range of counselling settings, as well as being involved in training, research and consultancy with many occupational groups, including nurses, social workers and emergency services personnel. The author of six books and more than fifty articles and chapters on various aspects of counselling and psychotherapy, he is currently editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research

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