The Skilled Helper (8th Edition)
Internationally recognized for its successful problem-management and opportunity development approach to effective helping, Egan's text emphasizes the collaborative nature of the therapist-client relationship and uses a practical, three-stage model that drives client problem-managing and opportunity-developing action. Egan masterfully leads readers...
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Internationally recognized for its successful problem-management and opportunity development approach to effective helping, Egan's text emphasizes the collaborative nature of the therapist-client relationship and uses a practical, three-stage model that drives client problem-managing and opportunity-developing action. Egan masterfully leads readers step-by-step through the counseling process, while giving them a feeling for the complexity inherent in any helping relationship. As readers begin to understand the various steps of the helping model, they are able to improve their competence and confidence measurably. In this new eighth edition, Egan has built upon the strengths of the last edition in which he presented a "positive psychology", solution-focused theme by adding new discussions on evidence-based practice, research, and philosophical perspectives around how helpers know what they know.
Features Egan introduces his three-stage model by laying the groundwork in Chapters 1 through 3. In these chapters, he outlines the nature and goals of helping, the helping model, and the values that drive helping. Egan integrates the most relevant aspects of different theoretical orientations (humanistic, cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused) into a pragmatic approach to helping. The text's focus on "positive psychology" throughout the text includes material on problems as opportunities, an emphasis on hope and optimism, a self-healing approach to client-helper collaboration, the place of "motivational interviewing" and encouragement in helping, and a section on client resilience. Vivid examples show helping skills in action in a vast array of possible relationships and settings from correctional institutes and hospitals to private practice. Skill-building and progressive exercises provide students with the opportunity to apply the concepts they have learned throughout the text. Clinical case examples further illustrate the use of helping skills in action. The text emphasizes the collaborative nature by focusing on the client AND the counselor in the relationship. The pack includes a small booklet called "Skilled Helping Around the World".
Gerard Egan, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Organizational Studies at Loyola University of Chicago. He has written over a dozen books including the widely acclaimed The Skilled Helper, and currently writes in the areas of communication, counseling, business and organization effectiveness, management development, leadership, the management of innovation and change, and organization politics and culture. He also conducts workshops in these areas both in the United States and abroad and is a consultant at a variety of companies and institutions worldwide.