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The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping [Hardcover]

Gerard Egan
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30 July 2001
Internationally recognized for its successful problem-management and opportunity development approach to effective helping, this is the "millennium edition" of Egan's classic book for helpers. Egan 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 seventh edition, Egan has built upon the strengths of the last edition while focusing on a new "positive psychology," solution-focused theme.


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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc; 7th Revised edition edition (30 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534367313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534367312
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russ Miars, Portland State, Counseling: "I believe just the right balance of depth and breadth is developed in this text. It appears that a great deal of thoughtfulness has gone into revising the text with important reference updates and new material fully integrated into the flow of the text. The integration of the Positive Psychology constructs throughout Chs. 1-9 is very nice. The central strength of the text remains as it always has: a systematic-eclectic model of helpingA[a--A]." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gerard Egan, Ph.D., is a retired Professor of Psychology and Organizational Studies at Loyola University of Chicago. He has written over a dozen books. He currently writes in the areas of communication, counseling, business and organization effectiveness, managment 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review 14 Mar 2006
By A. J. Cull VINE VOICE
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Egan’s The Skilled Helper is a classic resource, practical and outcome-oriented, for those of us involved in the helping professions (not only counselling but also related fields such as life coaching.) As a student who has mostly been exposed to the Rogerian, client-centred model of counselling, I am interested by Egan’s pragmatic approach, where empathy is not seen to be an end in itself but, in the later stages of the helping process, becomes secondary to the search for desirable outcomes. Egan’s discussion of the "shadow side" of helping, where good intentions can have poor results, is also highly useful.
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Gerard Egan's 3 Stage Model is the cornerstone to all counselling, from Brief Therapy through to Psyhcodynamic work. This is so because all effective counselling first demands that you "get alongside the client", listening, empathising and building up a professional trust and respect. This book is accepted by so many as THE book that builds and teaches the necessary skill foundations for us all, whether professional counsellors, health/care professionals, or simply people who care enough to want to show they care and want to support their friends and family in the best ways possible.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS 22 May 2003
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This book does not need a recommendation from me as it is so well established. For anyone who is involved in "helping people" it is a must. It is full of common sense and wisdom and well as an unrivalled knowledge of the subject
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By Peter Buckley VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Language conveys our beliefs, values and expectations to others. Positive words can be uplifting and invigorating, while negative words have the opposite effect. Clearly, verbal communication is multifaceted. Ideally, both the person speaking and the listener will be committed to the process, and the articulation of the message. Power is an aspect of communication that is not always considered. In a work and youth orientated culture,in just one example, older people are often perceived in a negative way.
Using words positively, respecting the other person, and being mindful of the complexities involved in verbal communication, can empower any person, but particularly the most vulnerable in our society. This is the serious side of the words we use. For an example, Fred had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He felt confused, bitter, angry and depressed. What would you say to him? `I know how you must feel?'
After some angry confrontations with doctors and members of his family, in his despair Fred finally talked to a clergyman who had, on a few occasions, gently and non-intrusively offered his support. He also referred him to a counsellor who worked in a hospice for the dying. With their help, Fred gradually learned how to manage the ultimate problem situation of his life. He put his affairs in order, began to learn how to say goodbye to his family and the world, and set about the process of managing physical decline. There were setbacks, but generally he managed the process of dying much better than he would have done without the help of his family and his counselors (This example in the book sums up the value of this method).
In a more general sense, some people talk as if they have no control over the outcome of their experiences.
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Bought this for my niece for her degree course. She said it was the correct thing and that it worked.
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