Counselling skill by John McLeod

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Interesting and important advances in applied social psychology were made in respect of interpersonal and social skills, which established the idea that the concept of skill could be usefully applied to the analysis of social interaction and performance. , 1978). One of the key ideas within this approach was that, instead of viewing intervention for mental health problems as a form of treatment, it was to be regarded as a form of training, in which the patient could be guided through a series of learning or skill-acquisition activities.

Buckingham: Open University Press. Page 29 Page 30 30 COUNSELLING SKILL What has been described in this chapter as the counselling skills approach has a great deal to offer to anyone involved in an embedded counselling role. Two of the most useful books within this tradition are: Hill, C. E. (2004) Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight and Action, 2nd edn. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Tolan, J. (2003) Skills in Person-centred Counselling and Therapy. London: Sage.

This list could be extended. Moreover, the effect of these social conditions and events stretches well beyond the people who are immediately affected. It is very clear that the impact can be tracked through to the second or even third generation offspring of, say, a person who has been traumatized by military violence. One of the key aspects of the model of counselling skill that addresses the issue of social oppression is its emphasis on the importance of values. A fuller discussion of the values of counselling is provided in Chapter 6.

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