Elements of the Helping Process: A Guide for Clinicians takes a humanistic approach to guiding clinicians, emphasizing that professional practice involves a deliberate, conscious, and disciplined use of self with clients participating in a forum that is steady, safe, and consistent. As with the previous editions, it is directed personally to clinicians and students and contains illustrative case material and instructive excerpts from actual practice experience. Fox advances five overarching themes:
- the advent and influence of neuroscience, genetics, and epigenetics and their implications for differential interventions
- the pivotal place of self-awareness, introspection, and reflection in providing treatment
- the intersection of science and art, evidence-based practice, and experiential wisdom in advancing effective therapy
- the infusion and provision of hope, especially in calamitous situations
- personality type
Selected chapters from the second edition have been updated and expanded, and new chapters on such topics as neuroscience and genetics, the contribution of personality types, and advances in trauma research and treatment have been added. Any mental health clinician looking for guidance on establishing an environment of sharing, openness, challenge, and change with his or her clients will find this book to be an invaluable resource.
Table of Contents
To Do Our Work. Creating a "Safehouse." The Helping Relationship. When You Begin, Begin at the Beginning. Contracting through Goal Setting. Neuroscience, Genetics, and Brain Chemistry. Evaluating Client and Clinician Progress. Assessment: Learning from a Jigsaw Puzzle. Personality Styles. Resiliency: "Who Says I Can’t." On Reflection and Self-Awareness. Models of Helping: Working with an Individual. Models of Helping: Working with a Family. Clients Recommend Effective Ways to Treat Trauma. Advances in Working with Complex Trauma. Creative Ways of Capturing the Life Story. The Written Word: Enriching Your Work. Metaphors in Our Losses. The Termination Process. Epilogue.
Raymond Fox, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor in the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, USA. He also maintains a private practice as a certified individual, marital, family, sex, and group psychotherapist.
"Once again, Ray Fox provides an excellent text for students and clinicians who desire practical guidelines, systematic direction, and creative suggestions for working with clients in therapy. Acknowledging the centrality of relationship, reflection, and practice wisdom in providing therapy that is humane and less technocratic, Dr. Fox provides useful case examples to explicate the concepts that are presented." - Carolyn Bradley, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, Monmouth University
"Raymond Fox has an exceptional ability to create connection with his readers. In this latest edition of Elements of the Helping Process, he demonstrates once again the capacity to integrate the diverse aspects of helping into a coherent, integrated, and accessible whole. This book should be a part of every practitioner's library, a source to go back to again and again." - Clay Graybeal, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Westbrook College of Health Professions, University of New England