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Skills for Effective Counseling


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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

1. The Microskills Approach
Skill: The Skill of Learning New Skills
Skill: Identifying Targeted Skill Areas
2. The Person of the Counselor
Skill: Self-as-instrument
Target 1: Establishing Relationship and Exploring
3. What Do You Notice?
Skill: Perceiving
4. Your Presence in the Room
Skill: Attending
5. Identifying the Pieces of the Story
Skill: Reflecting Content
6. Validating Emotion
Skill: Reflecting Feeling
7. Connecting Empathically
Skill: Empathic Reflection
Targets 2 and 3: Deepening and Growing
8. Zeroing In
Skill: Clarifying
9. Connecting Deeply
Skill: Intuitive Empathy
10. Expanding Therapeutic Options
Skill: Using Metaphors
11. Reflecting Apparent Discrepancies
Skill: Confronting
12. Using the Here and Now
Skill: Authenticity, Self-disclosure and Immediacy
13. Strategies for Growth
Skill: Implementing Change
14. Expanding the Counseling System
Skill:Thinking Systemically and Using the Relational System
15. Appreciating the Sacred
Skill: Attuning to the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Themes
Target 4: Consolidating and Ending
16. Endings and New Beginnings
Skill: Consolidating and Ending

Appendix A: Answers to Chapter Exercises
Appendix B: Additional Learning Activities
Appendix C: Small Group Role-Play Exercises and Transcript Analysis Assignment
Appendix D: The Relationship Between Psychology and Religion
Author and Subject Index
Scripture Index

About the Author

Elisabeth A. Nesbit Sbanotto is a consultant, speaker, writer, counselor and educator. She is assistant professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and the coauthor with Craig Blomberg of Effective Generational Ministry. A national certified counselor and registered psychotherapist, she maintains a private practice in Littleton, Colorado. Heather Davediuk Gingrich is a counselor, scholar, teacher and former missionary. She is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and maintains a small private practice working with complex trauma survivors. She is the author of Restoring the Shattered Self. Fred C. Gingrich is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary and served as division chair from 2007 to 2015. He practiced and taught in Ontario for fourteen years prior to directing MA and EdD degrees in counseling at seminaries in the Philippines.

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