Becoming an Effective Counselor is a textbook for advanced clinical courses that guides counselors in training through the most challenging phases of their academic preparation. Chapters blend skills-based content, real-world student examples, and opportunities for personal reflection to help students navigate some of the most difficult aspects of clinical counseling. Written by authors with over fifty years of combined counseling experience, this volume prepares aspiring counselors to assess their progress, remediate deficiencies, and deepen their existing skills in a way that is attentive to both core counseling skills and counselors’ internal processes.
"Another wonderful book written by Justin Levitov and Kevin Fall! Their engaging writing style makes reading easy and enjoyable. Interesting and relevant case examples are used to help the reader truly understand the concepts, and sample dialogue and exchanges are helpful to illustrate how to, among other things, validate feelings, communicate empathy, and open and close a session. This is a tremendous resource not only for graduate students in clinical courses but also for those working towards licensure."—Christine H. Ebrahim, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, past president of the Louisiana Counseling Association and associate professor in the Department of Counseling at Loyola University New Orleans
Preface 1. The Challenge of Becoming an Effective Counselor 2. Ethics of Practice for Advanced Clinical Work 3. Clinical Supervision: Developing a Collaborative Team 4. Am I Doing This Right? Formative and Summative Assessment 5. Client Intake: First Steps in Forming the Alliance 6. Identifying Problems, Issues, Resources and Patterns 7. Helping Clients Change 8. Termination 9. Post-Master’s Supervised Clinical Experience, Licensure, and Employment