1st Edition

Embedding Counselling and Communication Skills A Relational Skills Model

By Rebecca Midwinter, Janie Dickson Copyright 2015
    254 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Embedding Counselling and Communication Skills provides step-by-step learning for those looking to gain theoretical and practical understanding of using counselling and communication skills within the helper role and explores how to apply these skills in the context of professional practice.

    Becky Midwinter and Janie Dickson introduce the reader to a new Relational Skills model which demonstrates the phases of relationship development. The authors show what happens within each phase and identify how and when to use skills appropriately. Learning is brought alive through the use of online unscripted video clip sessions of a real helper/client relationship giving the reader opportunities and encouragement to reflect and evaluate their learning.

    Written in a clear and accessible teaching style, Embedding Counselling and Communication Skills progresses through the ‘initial helper’ communication skills that are used in every day life, to the more complex and in-depth counselling skills required in a helper relationship. Knowledge of reflective practice, aspects of the relationship and how to manage change ensures the text considers the full range of general and specific skills and abilities required in a helper role situation, whilst the supporting online material is an invaluable tool to deepen and embed the theoretical understanding; practical application and self-reflection. This book will be an essential resource for students taking an introductory counselling skills course and qualified professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge of embedding counselling skills into their work and practice.

    Preface. Introduction. The Skill of Communicating. Setting up the Relationship. Developing the Relationship. Working With the Relationship. The Established Relationship. Maintaining the Relationship. Deepening Your Understanding. Becoming a Reflexive Practitioner. Conclusion. Appendices.


    Rebecca Midwinter has many years of experience working within the helping professions. She is a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University and her teaching career includes her role as Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol. She is a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and is UKRCP registered. She has completed her EMDR training and has extensive experience of working within the field of trauma counselling. Rebecca is also the Director of Alpheus Training Ltd.

    Janie Dickson is a practising psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, trainer and Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol. Originally from a social work background, Janie has extensive experience of working within the NHS. She is a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and is UKRCP registered. She has completed her EMDR training and currently specialises in trauma therapy.

    "This new book is written by two accredited counsellor/psychotherapists with extensive experience of both teaching counselling and communication skills and of professional practice including within the NHS. The book focuses on the relationship between a client and a professional ‘helper’. It would be very useful for practicing dietitians in a range of settings. This includes those newly qualified and those with more experience looking to improve their counselling and communication skills as part of continued professional development (CPD)." – Sue Baic, Registered Dietician, in Dietetics Today

    "Counselling skills are an invaluable resource for any helper. This book will very useful to anyone who wants to combine relationship building with offering help by talking and listening. The authors have drawn on many years of successfully tutoring a wide variety of people in counselling skills to write book full of examples and exercises. This is one of the best new books on counselling skills that I have read". - Tim Bond, Emeritus Professor University fo Bristol, Visiting Professor University of Malta

    "There are very few contemporary books currently available written about the use of counselling skills by other professional groups: this book by Rebecca Midwinter is a Janie Dickson is a very welcome addition.  They manage to bring their extensive experience, an understanding of the needs of different professional groups, the capacity to make ideas both accessible and relevant, as well as an ability to write with a light touch.  As a reader you are guided through a journey of learning and development and are encouraged to reflect on your own process.  I have no doubt that this book will quickly become an important support for the professional and personal development of a range of helpers, and be valued by many."- Dr Andrew Reeves, The University of Liverpool Counselling Service

    "Embedding Counselling and communication Skills" is comprehensive and easy to read book for individuals who wish to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a professional helper role. The book guides the reader, through the essential skills required to establish relationships with clients and/or patients. Learning is supported by the use of online unscripted video clips of a real helper/client relationship. Each chapter is clearly presented with a useful learning summary provided at the end, supported by relevant research. I strongly recommend this book to students and professionals working in the helper professions. - Sheila Fidler, Snr Clinical Lecturer in the Dept of Human Communication and Deafness, at the University of Manchester