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Building Effective Helping Skills : The Foundation of Generalist Practice

Building Effective Helping Skills : The Foundation of Generalist Practice - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0205298020

Cover of Building Effective Helping Skills : The Foundation of Generalist Practice 01 (ISBN 978-0205298020)
ISBN13: 978-0205298020
ISBN10: 0205298028
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Published: 2001
International: No

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Building Effective Helping Skills : The Foundation of Generalist Practice - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0205298020

D. Mark Ragg

ISBN13: 978-0205298020
ISBN10: 0205298028
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

This book provides students with critical skills for effective social work practice, utilizing frameworks for organizing and understanding the skills.

The text focuses on skill clusters and uses a response systems framework for developing specific helping skills. It provides students with the formulae, tools, and strategies they need to build and improve these skills. It is divided into four main skill areas: developing the professional self, developing the working relationship, developing an accurate understanding, and responding in a manner that promotes goal accomplishment. Each section provides students with the critical skills needed for effective practice. Case illustrations and case-based exercises help students to understand and practice the application of the various skills. Exercise pages are perforated so they can be turned in as assignments or for instructor feedback.

Features :

  • Organizes multiple skills into four comprehensive skill areas for better student comprehension.
  • Provides "formulae" or step-by-step directions that allow students to practice and master skills.
  • Multiple examples in every chapter help students to picture the skills in use with actual clients before using them or trying the exercises.
  • At least two exercises per chapter help students to practice individual skills and apply concepts as they read.
  • Perforated pages permit the exercises to be handed in.
  • Instructor's Manual provides classroom exercises, additional resources, assessment tools, graded assignments, sample syllabi, and case studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Core Skills of Helping.

The Core Skill Sets.
Using Skill Sets in Practice.

1. Toward Developing the Professional Self: Increasing Self Awareness.

The Importance of Self Awareness.
Toward Understanding Your Responses.

2. Toward Developing the Professional Self: Conscious Self-Control and Ethical Behavior.

The Role of Professional Values.
The Importance of Professional Ethics.
Legally Weighted Assumptions and Duties.
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: The Weighting of Outcomes.
A Framework for Self Control.

3. Toward Developing the Professional Self: Acquiring a Knowledge Base.

The Professional Knowledge Base.
The Response Systems: A Conceptual Framework.
Cultural Influences on Response Systems.
Using the Framework to Assess and Plan.

4. Toward Developing the Professional Self: Thinking Skills.

Logical Thinking Abilities.
Reflective Thinking Abilities.
Critical Thinking Abilities.
Correlational Thinking Abilities.
Prepositional Thinking Abilities.
Worker Mistake Exercises.

5. Toward Developing the Helping Relationship: Tuning into the Client.

Preliminary Tuning In.
Interactional ''Tuning In'': The Foundation for Empathy.

6. Toward Developing the Helping Relationship: Engaging the Client and Focusing Work.

Preliminary Engagement.
Interactive Engagement.
Problem-Based Engagement.
Maintaining Engagement with the Client.

7. Toward Developing the Helping Relationship: Tuning and Engagement with Larger Systems.

''Tuning Into'' Individual Diversity in the Larger System.
''Tuning Into'' the Commonality among Individuals in the Larger System.
''Tuning Into'' the Systematic Processes.
Engagement with Larger Client Systems.

8. Toward Developing an Accurate Understanding: Listening, Observing, and Describing Skills.

Promoting Exploratory Communication.
Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication.
Using Observational Skills in Client Communication.

9. Toward Developing an Accurate Understanding: Exploratory Questioning Skills.

Questioning Formats to Avoid.
Questions to Explore the Problem Parameters.
Questions to Explore the Client Response Systems.
Questions to Explore Larger Client Systems.

10. Toward Developing an Accurate Understanding: Reflecting Skills.

The Importance of Reflection.
The Elements of Reflection.

11. Toward Developing an Accurate Understanding: Transitional Responding to Deepen the Understanding.

The Mechanics of Transitional Responding.

12. Toward Focused and Helpful Responding: Change Facilitating and Interventive Questions.

Using Change Focused Questioning.

13. Toward Focused and Helpful Responding: Supporting and Developing a Working Alliance.

Enhancing Motivation in the Working Alliance.
Nurturing the Working Alliance.
Focusing the Client Work.

14. Toward Focused and Helpful Responding: Managing Threats to the Working Alliance.

Threats to the Working Alliance: A Relational View of Resistance.
Managing Worker Related Threats to the Working Alliance.
Managing Client Related Threats to the Working Alliance.
Managing Relationship -- Related Threats to the Working Alliance.

15. Toward Focused and Helpful Responding: Maintaining Gains While Ending the Helping Relationship.

Client Responses to Ending.
Past, Present, and Future: The Keys to Healthy Endings.

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