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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The skilled helper, 22 Aug 2009
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C. Glaister (Nottingham) - See all my reviews
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In my second year on my uni social work degree I had a assignment based on Egan. You can not complete this assignment without the use of this book. Egan focus is on communication and the ability to communicate with other on different levels. However this book was also helpful in other assignments as communication is key to what we do in social work. Egan provides clear examples and stages of communication.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `A treasure trove of helping skills made accessible for all.', 24 Jun 2010
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SjN@Peace (West Sussex,England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Skilled Helper, International Edition (Paperback)
`A treasure trove of helping skills made accessible for all.'
This is what I would say if I were asked to sum this book up in one sentence.

Gerard Egan
Has a wealth of knowledge that he seamlessly passes onto the reader. Through the text you can see the humanness of the man and the compassion and skill of the helper.

Contents
It is very easy to see what is in this book due to the extensive `contents' layout.
The book is split into six parts, see below. Under each heading it is very clear what is included; it takes you through a journey from starting as a helper right through to how you as the helper can make a difference in your client's life by motivating them to bring change into their life.

Part One
Laying the Groundwork

Part Two
Basic Communication Skills for Helping

Part Three
Stage 1: of the Helping Model and Advanced Communication Skills

Part Four
Stage 2: Helping Clients Determine What they Need and Want

Part Five
Stage 3: Helping Clients Work for What they Need and Want

Part Six
The Action Arrow: Making It All Happen

Readability and Style
The first couple of chapters seem quite heavy with references which could put you off, however don't be, as you will be rewarded when reading this book right through to insights, that can't be bought.

This book is written in a very practical way with the text interspersed continually with counselling sessions. The good part is that Egan gives you what you should and should not say thus making it a very workable book.

The other very helpful thing Egan has included is a chapter summary at the beginning of each chapter. This is very detailed, helping you once again to locate just what you want.

Important parts of the text are laid out in bold which makes it easier to read and remember them. It is written in a very informative way giving you direct access to help on any given subject

This book is 95% text interspersed with a few diagrams; however, don't let this put you off as the text flows with ease onto the next area to be covered and with each subject getting directly to the point you know exactly what you are reading and what areas you are learning about. There are also dialogue boxes included in the text that help formulise what points have been talked about.

Anyone serious about being a helper really needs to have this book in their library. Having read this book through it will then be an invaluable reference book that you will want to continue to refer to. Egan has included not only a subject index but a name and reference index thus making this book extremely easy to find those all important items you are looking for.

Helping Perspective
Egan talks extensively about how the client feels covering basic and advanced empathy very thoroughly. He uses a catalogue of dialogue examples where you can without difficulty put yourself in the helpers shoes. This book is not just giving us the `talk' of how to do it, but it is showing us the `walk' i.e. with written conversations between the client and helper. It teaches you ways of how to develop your own `helpers' vocabulary so that you can build up your own natural formulas of developing conversations.

In chapter 6 it shows seamlessly use of attending, listening, understanding, empathy, probing and summarising skills. Egan shows the helper how to use all these skills, naturally interchanging each so that individually they are used correctly and in balance of each other.

Chapter 7 is where a lot is spoken about how get the client to `tell' their story and how to identify problems. On page 123 there is a very helpful text box of helpful questions that counsellors can help clients ask themselves to `find', `discover' and specify problem situations.

It covers subjects such as resistance and reluctance to change and how we can best help our client to move on. This book looks at the pitfalls of thinking and saying the wrong thing in these sorts of situations.

The process, need and wisdom of challenging is looking at `blind spots' and how best to help the client work on the `right' things that they need to.

Chapter 12 is an in-depth look at decision making and how bad decisions get people into trouble, including ourselves. It goes through very practical step-by-step ways to bring the client acknowledgement into their blind areas.

The whole area of goal setting is covered in chapter 14 including how goals are shaped and needs versus wants. On page 256 there are evaluation questions asked of the helper in aiding the clients to set goals.

Perhaps it is fitting that the last chapter, 19, covers `making it all happen; helping clients get what they wand and need.' It looks at subjects such as getting along without a helper thus helping the client to build social networks.

This book is extremely helpful to help the helpee bring the best of themselves to the client.

This is a very important resourceful book about many areas of helping that covers too many areas to report in a review like this one. I hope that this has given you a small insight into this book that wants you to rush out and buy it and to discover for yourself all that is contained within its pages.

I believe anyone who is interested in helping people can not afford to miss reading this book. It is a vital bit of a helper's kit to have.

This book does what it sets out to do, help us to be `Skilled Helpers.'
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, 2 Nov 2009
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G. Brewin - See all my reviews
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Interesting and easy to read however the latest version is the 8th edition for 2009.
Covering communication skills, empathy, challenge and the Helping Model in short, quick paragraphs and sections well defined.
A book all new Social Work students should buy to inform and guide you through Egan's systemic approach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Edition, 13 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Skilled Helper, International Edition (Paperback)
This is the newest edition to date of the Skilled Helper Book by Gerard Egan. Although it offers more than the Fifth Edition I find it more difficult to read and navigate around. I would say that it is great to have an extra edition of the book and using this book to compare and contrast to the Fifth Edition makes for great referencing in my University Studies. A real must for people training to be a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. But not as easy reading as some of the earlier editions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helps!, 31 Aug 2012
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H. M. Lister (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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Egan's "The Skilled Helper" was recommended to me by two separate people as I prepared to start a course in Counselling skills (after years in the field)I read it from cover to cover. The author is clearly highly experienced and reflective. It is clear,comprehensive and enjoyable to read, with loads of examples at every stage. The tone is unfailingly positive and humane, while recognising the obstacles and difficulties which may prevent any of us from living life to the full. It doesn't claim to be the "last word" and raises lots of questions as it goes along, but I do recommend it as an excellent basis for further thinking (and future living!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book., 20 Mar 2014
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Brilliant book for those studying to counselling. Full of highly relevant information. An asset for my course, well recommended to anyone in the counselling field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it is worth having a copy, 15 Feb 2014
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the skilled helper gives detailed, useful, very important information and easy to read and understand the 3 stage model of helping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars execllent book, 14 Feb 2014
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The Skilled Helper is excellent read and a brilliant reference book for counselling
delivered on time
arrived in excellent condition
another good job
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4.0 out of 5 stars the skilled helper, 6 Aug 2011
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very shift service, been after this book for a while was really pleased when I eventually got hold of it, was as described perfect
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