Basic Personal Counselling: A Training Manual for Counsellors,
8th Edition

David Geldard, Kathryn Geldard, Rebecca Yin Foo

ISBN-13: 9780170364362 | ISBN-10: 0170364364

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 400 pages

List Price USD $69.25


Basic Personal Counselling is an easy to read introduction to counselling that reflects current best practice. It teaches core interviewing skills and provides a framework of practical examples and training group exercises to enable students to progressively build a skill repertoire. The book is designed to prepare students for field placement and therefore has a strong vocational focus. • Introduces counselling skills in a logical sequence and provides practical examples of the skills in action • Discusses the process of change involved in counselling • Provides approaches for counselling people with specific problems such as anger, depression, grief, suicidal ideation • Discusses professional issues including: confidentiality, ethics, record keeping

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Meet the Authors

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The late David Geldard worked for many years as a counselling psychologist in private practice, mental health and community health in Queensland. He specialised in counselling children, young people and their families.

Dr. Kathryn Geldard retired from teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the University of the Sunshine Coast at the end of 2013. Kathryn was responsible for establishing the Master of Counselling and the Master of Counselling Practice programs, and prior to her retirement had extensive experience in mental health settings and private practice, initially working at the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Rebecca Yin Foo is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who is experienced in providing psychological support for children with developmental disabilities and their families at the Cerebral Palsy League. Her work has led her to take a high level of practical and academic interest in ways of working with children to promote optimal positive outcomes. She currently works in private practice in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to obtaining her honours degree in Psychology and Masters degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology she completed a Bachelor of Medical Engineering. She has published a number of journal articles and presented conference papers nationally and internationally in relation to her studies in both Engineering and Psychology. She is the third author of the book, Counselling Children: A Practical Introduction.

  • New chapter on internet counselling (chapter 36). This new chapter introduces the reader to internet counselling (what it is and how it is conducted) and highlights potential advantages and challenges this new area creates.
  • Chapter 42 now includes a “burnout inventory.” Proactively pursuing self-care is the best defence against burnout. The burnout inventory supports insight into how a counsellor is travelling. There is also more content on reflective practice in this chapter.
  • NEW to this edition are a substantial number of training group exercises for new counsellors
  • New ancillary teacher and support material, including PowerPoints and a mapping grid to support institutional delivery of counselling programs.
  • Counselling tips are featured throughout the book and provide useful reminders as you work your way through each chapter. Key terms highlight concepts you need to know.
  • Develop your skills by working through the training group exercises at the end of Parts 1 – 5 with your instructor.
  • See counselling skills in practice with examples of counsellor statements and responses.
  • The book moves from foundation to advanced skills with an emphasis on an integrative model of counselling.

Table of Contents

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Part 1. The nature and purpose of counselling
1. What is counselling
2. The counselling relationship
3. Influence of the counsellor’s values

Part 2. Foundation skills
4. Learning foundation skills
5. Joining and listening
6. Reflection of content (paraphrasing)
7. Reflection of feelings
8. Reflection of content and feelings
9. Use and abuse of questions
10. Summarising
11. Matching language and metaphor
12. Creating comfortable closure

Part 3. Promoting change
13. Various approaches to counselling
14. Working collaboratively
15. An integrative approach to helping a person to change
16. Combining skills to facilitate the change process

Part 4. Additional skills for promoting change
17. Normalising
18. Using the ‘here and now’ experience
19. Confrontation
20. Challenging self-destructive beliefs
21. Externalising
22. Solution-focused counselling skills
23. Exploring polarities
24. Reframing
25. Making decisions
26. Facilitating action
27. Experiential counselling skills
28. Facilitating relaxation

Part 5. Dealing with particular problems
29. Counselling those troubled by addiction
30. Counselling those troubled by anger
31. Counselling those troubled by depression
32. Counselling those troubled by grief and loss
33. Crisis intervention
34. Responding to suicidal intentions

Part 6. Technology and counselling
35. Telephone counselling
36. Internet counselling

Part 7. Professional issues
37. The counselling environment
38. Keeping records of counselling sessions
39. Cultural issues
40. Confidentiality and other ethical issues
41. Counsellor training and the need for supervision
42. Looking after yourself

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

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Basic Personal Counselling: A Training Manual for Counsellors

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