Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action, Third Edition

Pages: 430
Item #: 4311012
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0451-9
List Price: $59.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $49.95
Copyright: 2009
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

This edition is no longer for sale. However, the Fourth Edition is available.

With this third edition of Helping Skills, respected clinician and researcher Clara Hill has revised and updated her popular textbook, continuing her comprehensive exploration of basic helping skills for undergraduate and first-year graduate students.

Following Hill's well-established three-stage model of helping (Exploration, Insight, and Action), the text presents an integrative approach that is grounded in client-centered, psychoanalytic, and cognitive–behavioral theory. Hill's model recognizes the critical roles of affect, cognition, and behavior in the process of change, filling a void left by textbooks that focus more narrowly on the processes facilitating change.

The text includes many student-friendly features and provides in-depth information on:

  • the theoretical foundation of the three-stage model of helping

  • the different goals used in each stage (e.g., attending and listening, restatement, challenge, self-disclosure, and feedback)

  • the general principles of ethical conduct and strategies for resolving ethical dilemmas

  • numerous practice exercises, labs, and Web forms that illustrate (and help evaluate) the complex interaction between client and helper

  • how students can intervene most effectively from moment to moment, based on their intentions and the client's reactions

New material for this edition includes:

  • a revised approach to the three-stage model, emphasizing goals and tasks of the stages and the ability to traverse among the stages in a helper-client relationship

  • more attention to multicultural issues

  • and better delineation of steps of the Action stage for four discrete tasks (relaxation, behavioral change, behavioral rehearsal, and decision-making)

With her accessible yet instructive style, Hill instills enthusiasm for the process of learning to help others. She also encourages students' personal and professional growth with questions that challenge them to think about and discuss the process of becoming helpers and their reasons for doing so.

The Instructor and Student Resource Guide Web site has also been updated to offer students and instructors helpful resources. The instructor area of the site is restricted to instructors only and includes sample multiple-choice questions, short-answer essay questions, and syllabi. Students may download practice exercises, labs, and evaluation forms specified in the text.

A new DVD Helping Skills in Practice, has been produced in conjunction with this new edition. In the DVD, Hill illustrates and provides insightful commentary on the three-stage helping skills model. Please note that this DVD and other APA videos are not available on an examination or desk copy basis for course adoption. This video is available for purchase only.

Table of Contents



I. Overview

  1. Introduction to Helping
  2. An Overview of Helping
  3. Ethical Issues in Helping

II. Exploration Stage

  1. Overview of the Exploration Stage
  2. Attending, Listening, and Observing Skills
  3. Skills for Exploring Thoughts
  4. Skills for Exploring Feelings
  5. Integrating the Skills of the Exploration Stage

III. Insight Stage

  1. Overview of the Insight Stage
  2. Skills for Fostering Awareness
  3. Skills for Facilitating Insight
  4. Immediacy
  5. Integrating the Skills of the Insight Stage

IV. Action Stage

  1. Overview of Action Stage
  2. Skills to Implement Action Goals
  3. Steps for Working With Four Types of Action
  4. Integrating the Skills of the Action Stage

V. Integration

  1. Integrating the Three Stages


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Author Bio

Clara E. Hill, PhD, earned her doctorate at Southern Illinois University in 1974. She also began her career that year as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is still there as a professor and codirector of the Counseling Psychology Program.

She has been the president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research; the editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology; and the editor of Psychotherapy Research, the journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

She was awarded the Leona Tyler Award from APA's Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and the Distinguished Psychologist Award from APA's Division 29 (Psychotherapy), the Distinguished Research Career Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from the Section on Counseling and Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Research of the Society for Counseling Psychology.

Her major research interests are helping skills, psychotherapy process and outcome, training therapists, dream work, and qualitative research.

She has published 165 journal articles; 34 chapters in books; and 7 books, including Therapist Techniques and Client Outcomes: Eight Cases of Brief Psychotherapy (1989); Working With Dreams in Psychotherapy (1996); Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action (1st ed., with Karen M. O'Brien, 1999); Helping Skills: The Empirical Foundation (2001); Dream Work in Therapy: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action (APA, 2004); Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action, (2nd ed., APA, 2004); and, with Louis G. Castonguay, Insight in Psychotherapy (APA, 2007).