Learning the Art of Helping: Building Blocks and Techniques, 6th edition

Published by Pearson (August 10, 2016) © 2017

  • Mark E. Young University of Central Florida, Professor Emeritus
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New features in the sixth edition enhance learning:

  • NEW! Culture Check sections highlight issues of culture in research and in personal experiences as they relate to helping skills.

  • NEW! Chapter 12 focuses specifically on learning to help those who are culturally different from you.

  • NEW! The text identifies helping skills to develop when working with children for the first time.

  • NEW! The text addresses the issue of gender differences and how they can challenge the helping relationship.

  • NEW! The book includes two new self-assessment tools to help students evaluate recorded sessions or transcripts.

    • The Helper Competency Scale assesses the basic skills.

    • The Depth Scale looks at the depth of helper responses.

  • NEW! The text identifies specific points of practice where students can watch a video of the skill they are learning or complete written exercises and receive feedback on their answers. Students can now access these ancillary materials at the same time they are reading about them.

Familiar features teach the art of helping:

  • 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 features and benefits include:

  • Culture Check sections highlight issues of culture in research and in personal experiences as they relate to helping skills.

  • Chapter 12 focuses specifically on learning to help those who are culturally different from you.

  • The text identifies helping skills to develop when working with children for the first time.

  • The text addresses the issue of gender differences and how they can challenge the helping relationship.

  • The book includes two new self-assessment tools to help students evaluate recorded sessions or transcripts.

    • The Helper Competency Scale assesses the basic skills.

    • The Depth Scale looks at the depth of helper responses.

  • The text identifies specific points of practice where students can watch a video of the skill they are learning or complete written exercises and receive feedback on their answers. Students can now access these ancillary materials at the same time they are reading about them.

  • 1. Helping as a Personal Journey
  • 2. The Therapeutic Relationship
  • 3. Invitational Skills
  • 4. Reflecting Skills: Paraphrasing
  • 5. Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Feelings
  • 6. Advanced Reflecting Skills: Reflecting Meaning and Summarizing
  • 7. Challenging Skills
  • 8. Assessment and Goal Setting
  • 9. Change Techniques, Part I
  • 10. Change Techniques, Part II
  • 11. Evaluation, Reflection, and Termination
  • 12. Skills for Helping Someone Who Is Different
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index
Mark E. Young is Professor 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 25 years and worked as a therapist in community mental health, private practice, college counseling centers, and corrections for more than 15 years. Since 2003 he has been affiliated with the Marriage and Family Research Institute teaching relationship skills to low-income couples. His professional writing has focused mainly on therapeutic methods and techniques, wellness, and couples. If you have comments or suggestions on what you have read, please send an e-mail to meyoung3000@gmail.com.

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