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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132627507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132627504
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning the Art of Helping emphasizes the techniques and skills necessary to be effective in the art of helping—from the basic building blocks to advanced therapeutic techniques and goes beyond the basic techniques to address the “megaskills” and common curative factors that lie behind these methods, including how to form and repair a therapeutic relationship. The author’s conversational tone is appealing to students, yet the book is carefully referenced for instructors. The goal is to make beginning helpers become “reflective practitioners” and this is accomplished through “Stop and Reflect” sections, exercises, homework, class discussion topics, and journal starters that support the approach. Included are ample opportunities for students to practice the skills and techniques plus video segments to let them see the ideas in practice.

  • Readers have opportunities to pause, integrate the concepts and ideas, and consider their reaction to real cases and situations through the Stop and Reflect sections within each chapter.
  • Additional reinforcement is provided, giving students the chance to practice the skills they’ve just learned with classmates through the Group Exercises.
  •  Readers get to test new ideas and reflect on conflicts and challenges they develop as helpers through Journal Starters that allow them to continue their learning between classes.
  •  Students get to see the techniques in action through Video Segments/Exercises for every basic skill in every chapter.
  • This new edition continues the best selling features of the previous editions by emphasizing the skills needed in the art of helping while incorporating new integrative features that help readers discover the most effective methods for dealing with clients, including:
    • Small Group Discussion topics at the end of each chapter.
    • Self-Assessments in most chapters.
    • Presentation of basic skills and advanced techniques, such as role-playing, reframing, and basic cognitive therapy methods.
    • The most up-to-date research and references.
    • The book addresses today’s diverse culture.
    • Readers get relevant information on suicide and risk assessment.

About the Author

Mark Young is a Professor at the University of Central Florida. He received his doctorate from Ohio University. He has trained helpers for more than 20 years and worked in community mental health, private practice, college counseling centers, and corrections for more than 15 years. Dr. Young’s professional writing has focused mainly on therapeutic methods and techniques, wellness, and counseling couples. He is the co-author of Counseling Today (2012) with Darcy Granello(Pearson) and Counseling and Therapy for Couples, 3/e with Lynn Long & Brigid Nooan (In press, Cengage) with Lynn Long & Brigid Noonan.


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The book was great but too expensive for not including the Mycounselinglab access thats supposed to come with it.
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Excellent book. Clear, practical and enjoyable
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Really reallllllly used book!!!!
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HASH(0xa0826708) out of 5 stars Amazing book June 14 2008
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Great book - Explanations given in a very easy manner. The book is very helpfull to those that are in the counselor area, helping find your counselor voice.
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HASH(0xa0826954) out of 5 stars Great for first-year counseling/psychology students Jan. 11 2009
By me - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gets down to the very basics of therapy. It is a good read for beginners in the counseling field.
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HASH(0xa0826b94) out of 5 stars Dr. Young is great Feb. 12 2014
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This is the second book by Dr. Young I've had to use for my master's program. He actually teaches in my counselor education program so it's interesting seeing him teach and reading his books. This book especially is really good. Compared to some other books I have to read for school it definitely keeps your attention better. And he gives examples of the different techniques which makes the concepts easier to understand.
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HASH(0xa0826d38) out of 5 stars I purchased the digital copy to have and read on ... Jan. 15 2015
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I purchased the digital copy to have and read on my new Microsoft Surface. My tablet has the Kindle app, but this book cannot be read on it because it is not supported on the Windows 8 platform. This is a serious problem for individuals who are getting newer computers that only have Windows 8. I am very unhappy that I cannot read this on the intended product and would not have ordered it in this form had I known this.
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HASH(0xa0826c0c) out of 5 stars General Counseling Book Feb. 14 2009
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This book is a general overview of the world of counseling. It gives you the basic knowledge to decide if you want to pursue a career as a professional counselor.

It also is helpful if you are going into counseling to find out if the counselor you are choosing is right for you. The knowledge you will gain will allow you to get the most out of each counseling session.


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