Learning the Art of Helping: Building Blocks and Techniques, 7th edition

Published by Pearson (January 26, 2020) © 2021

  • Mark E. Young University of Central Florida, Professor Emeritus


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For courses in counseling process, skills and techniques.

Teach the art of helping through a practical, relationship-focused approach

Learning the Art of Helping: Building Blocks and Techniques emphasizes the skills necessary to be effective in the art of helping, from basic building blocks to advanced therapeutic techniques. The text is practical, innovative and focused on the relationship between helper and client. Additionally, the author includes the latest research on effective treatments, while offering an integrative view.

The 7th Edition updates coverage of cultural issues in a new chapter and expands sections highlighting cultural research, the therapeutic relationship and more.

Hallmark features of this title

Teach the art of helping through a practical, relationship-focused approach

  • Stop and Reflect sections within each chapter provide students with opportunities to pause, integrate the concepts and ideas, and consider their reaction to real cases and situations.
  • Group Exercises provide additional reinforcement, giving students the chance to practice the skills they've just learned with classmates.
  • Journal Starters allow readers to test new ideas and reflect on conflicts and challenges they develop as helpers that allow them to continue their learning between classes.

New and updated features of this title

  • NEW: More than 100 new references for further reading keep students up to date on evidence-based helping techniques.
  • NEW: A new chapter, “The Cultural Climate and the Therapeutic Relationship,” (Chapter 3), explores cultural issues, religion/spirituality and gender dimensions.
  • UPDATED: Culture Check sections highlight issues of culture in research and in personal experiences as they relate to helping skills.
  • UPDATED: Expanded coverage on the therapeutic relationship and new research that supports maintaining and monitoring the client/helper alliance is included in Chapter 2.
  • UPDATED: Additional information on using basic helping skills with children is included in Chapter 10.
  1. Helping as a Personal Journey
  2. The Therapeutic Relationship
  3. The Cultural Climate and the Therapeutic Relationship
  4. Invitational Skills
  5. Reflecting Skills: Paraphrasing
  6. Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Feelings
  7. Advanced Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Meaning and Summarizing
  8. Challenging Skills
  9. Assessment and Goal Setting
  10. Change Techniques, Part I
  11. Intervention and Action: Change Techniques, Part II
  12. Outcome Evaluation and Termination Skills



About our author

Mark E. Young is Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Florida. He received his bachelor's degree from Miami University, his master's from Wright State University, and his doctorate from Ohio University. He has trained helpers for more than 30 years and worked as a therapist in community mental health, private practice, college counseling centers and corrections for more than 15 years. He is cofounder of the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute, which, since 2003, has been teaching relationship skills to low-income couples. His professional writing has focused on therapeutic methods and techniques, wellness and couples. If you have comments, corrections, or suggestions on what you read, please send an email to meyoung3000@gmail.com.

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