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Helping Skills Training for Nonprofessional Counselors


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Acknowledgments 1 Introduction to Helping Chapter Goals Introduction Psychological Distress Nonprofessional Counseling Conclusion Summary 2 Ethical Issues in Nonprofessional Counseling Chapter Goals Introduction Ethical Principles Standards of Practice Conclusion Summary 3 The LifeRAFT Training Approach Chapter Goals Nonprofessional Helping Skills Training Training Model Strategies Skills Stages Steps Research Support Summary 4 Stage One: Support Chapter Goals Introduction Description of Supporting When to Support How to Support Result of Supporting Case Example Summary 5 Stage Two: Watch Chapter Goals Introduction Description of Watching When to Watch How to Watch Result of Watching Case Example Summary 6 Stage Three: Investigate Chapter Goals Introduction Description of Investigating When to Investigate How to Investigate Result of Investigating Case Example Summary 7 Stage Four: Modify Chapter Goals Introduction Description of Modifying When to Modify How to Modify Result of Modifying Case Example Summary 8 Stage Four: Modifying through Actions Chapter Goals Introduction Description of Modifying through Actions Actions Steps Select Assess Identify Launch Summary 9 Stage Four: Modifying through Feelings Chapter Goals Introduction Description of Modifying through Feelings Feelings Steps Select Assess Identify Launch Summary 10 Stage Four: Modifying through Thoughts Chapter Goals Introduction Description of Modifying through Thoughts Thoughts Steps Select Assess Identify Launch Summary 11 LifeRAFT Integration Chapter Goals Introduction Ending Helping Helping Challenges LifeRAFT Model Integration Make LifeRAFT Your Own Summary 12 Your Future as a Nonprofessional Counselor Chapter Goals Introduction Everyday Helping Nonprofessional Counseling Jobs Professional Counseling Conclusion Summary Index

About the Author

Elizabeth L. Campbell, PhD, LP, LMFTA, CCC, is an associate professor of psychology at Whitworth University with over a decade of experience in counseling, researching, and teaching about the helping professions. She is an approved therapist supervisor and certified career counselor, and she provides therapy and supervises associate clinicians in private practice. Dr. Campbell has authored 16 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.


"Dr. Elizabeth Campbell has created something truly remarkable-she has created an evidence-based helping skills model whereby carefully reading this book and methodically implementing its steps, anyone can become a nonprofessional helper. The LifeRAFT Model is presented step-by-step in this detailed book, and readers can come away with actual skills by learning about the swim stages, raft strategies, and sail steps. Dr. Campbell has written an important book that will truly lead to making an important positive difference in people's lives, and we are fortunate that she has generously shared her expertise in this venue."
R. Eric Landrum, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Boise State University "The mental professional manpower shortage in America is enormous. We will never train enough counselors to ease the suffering of all those around us. Waiting until things get bad enough to warrant a referral to a professional is not the answer. The answer lies in this direct, practical, and useful guide to becoming more a thoughtful, caring, and helpful person to those in distress."
Paul Quinnett, PhD, President and CEO of the QPR Institute, an educational organization dedicated to preventing suicide "Dr. Elizabeth Campbell has built a program for nonprofessional counselors upon a foundation of empirical research. Her application is ideal for undergraduate students; those that are going on to mental health professions will gain the essential skills they need and can later build upon, whereas students who pursue other careers will still find these techniques helpful in their everyday lives. This helping skills text also encourages beginning helpers to know the limits of their own competence-a crucial and often overlooked skill. I can't wait to utilize this resource in my own classroom!" Lindsey Root Luna, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, Hope College

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