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The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management Approach to Helping (Counseling): A Systematic Approach to Effective Helping Hardcover – 16 Aug 1997

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"I think that Egan has presented his overview of the model and the skills involved in the counseling process very clearly and convincingly, and his examples illustrate the concepts in a way that deepens our understanding. The sequencing is somewhat different [in this edition], yet flows even more logically, both between chapters and within each one."


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Format: Hardcover
An excellent treatment of counselling. Egan is a plain talking, not-too-jargonistic author who tells it like it is. Counselling is a skill and to help others you want the right tools. When you read this book you will have the foundation necessary to help others and yourself.
A must read for anyone studying Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Reiki, Healing, Teaching, Management, etcetera.
A larger sized version with thicker paper and slightly larger type is on my wish-list.
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`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.
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the Egan "model" illustrated in this book helps immensely. Each aspect of the illustrated "model" is presented in a step-by-step process and easy to read manner. Quite appropriate for students learning to be therapists or counsellors. i hope that Egan continues to develop the graphics aspect of illustrating the "model" further refining the already excellant presentation of the "model" of the helping process purported. Any book with Egan's name on it as author is well worth looking into as a counsellor's or therapist's referrence source. Nicely done.
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THis is a really god book. I'm currently studying counselling Level 2 and this book is reall good. It talks about each section of a session like the listening to the showing empathy. It came with no damages or problems. It will definetly help me in years to come. Highly recommended.
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This is a wonderful book that I found really helpful and is packed full of ideas and very good examples.
I practised (successfully) using some of the techniques.
I would fully recommend this book!
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You have no idea how much heartache this book saved my mother and 3 others who were all taking the same course together! It made everything fall into place like nothing else could have done. Thanks for selling it Amazon!
I've only given it 5 stars because I can't give it 10!!!!!!
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I have been studying a variety of Counselling approaches and I would say that it would be fair to say that this book has offered the most theory to my studies more than anyother book that I have used. The way egan delivers his points in this book and with diagrams makes it an easier book to read than the newer editions out there and it has really moved my ability and knowledge forward in Counselling with the use of his three stage model.

I especially like the easy to navigate index that guides you to the topics that are written with no jargen and are straight to the point. I have read and studied a variety of other books from Carl Rogers to the counselling in action books, along with the advancing theory in therapy books.

This book lays a reasonable and strong groundwork for theory knowledge and skills that have helped me time and time again.

Thoroughly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
This item was good value for money. Good enough condition although some writing on the script it is not enough to devalue the item. Took a long time to arrive and I was just beginning to worry when it arrived, Hidden postage costs put up the price but otherwise I was pleased with my purchase
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