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This book, which began as an aid for counselors of alcoholics, is a succinct guide to effective counseling in both therapeutic situations and interpersonal relationships. From her research into what makes a therapist effective, Small has distilled ten traits that she calls "love in action"--traits that all persons can develop with practice. Her description of each trait includes examples of client-counselor dialog, information about underlying psychological processes, and a practice exercise. She also includes material aimed specifically at those dealing with the alcohol-addicted. While this book is probably better suited to readers familiar with basic counseling practice, it may also be useful to lay readers who want to improve their helping skills. Recommended for libraries supporting workers and trainees in the helping professions.
- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Talla - hassee
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A 'must read' book for all of us who have ever been in a position to respond to another in pain. It inspires each and every one of us to find a path to inner peace, and self love."—Claudia Black, Ph.D., author of It Will Never Happen To Me.

"Jacquelyn Small beautifully demonstrates the simplicity of true wisdom . . . the wisdom of the heart."—Ram Dass, author of Journey Of Awakening

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553348000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553348002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Noah Young on February 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ms. Small's book is considered a "classic" in the field of counseling persons with addictive illness for very good reasons. Her writing is very clear, concise, jargon-free (a huge plus in a field where some books require a separate glossary to understand the terminology! ), and extremely practical. Her utilization of brief and to-the-point clinical excerpts from counseling sessions are always appropriate and are followed up by additional applications. Her chapter on "Confrontation," will, once and for all, help novice and experienced clinicians understand that it does not mean dealing with your or the client's anger, lying, transference, etc.; it is simply a way to directly help the other grasp the essence of their beliefs, communication(s) and behavior(s) in non-shaming ways. Highly recommended to anyone considering counseling on either side of the equation and/or significant others of persons with addictive issues. One of the best i've run across in my 20+ years in the field.Also recommended to anyone interested in the qualities of a healer/effective therapist.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Danny Frazer on May 26, 2003
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Exceptional. Very practical. The author does a great job giving real examples for each of the therapeutic traits she espouses. I have worked with troubled youth for about 6 years and regularly refer to her book in my work with students and in coaching other staff. Very easy read, easily understandable, and right on the money! A great resource for anyone and everyone who fully engages in relationships with friends, lovers, clients.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By THOMAS H. HOOKER JR. on May 3, 2008
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Jacquelyn Small writes about the natural work of being a helper. She writes for both the professional community of counselors and social workers as well as the real world of families. Some of her skills are directed at working with those with problems of chemical dependency and alcoholism, but she covers the aspects of toxic ways of relating and looking at how to come from the heart. She covers, in plain English, the skills of empathy, genuineness, respect, self-disclosure, warmth, immediacy, concreteness, confrontation, potency and self-actualization. In each section she gives clear examples of how the skill will look in real life, and how it should not be done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on October 1, 2011
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This is the first book on the subject I read upon entering the addiction counseling field thirty years ago. The concepts it puts forth are still extremely pertinent, timely, and valuable. This book is a must read and study for all who work therapeutically with others. I'm pretty sure that some of the people I've worked with in the past have used this book because this is about my fifth copy, the others went mysteriously missing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on March 11, 2012
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My teacher assigned this for reading, I am extremely grateful he did. This book provides excellent counseling insight and has great wisdom in such a small package. Initially I was expecting to not enjoy it, and it is now a great book to have and keep. Some of the language is a little dated, but the lessons are invaluable. It is worth the time it takes to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shon on November 25, 2010
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This book is absolutely fantastic. The author provides the basic essentials of counseling and communicating in general. It is must read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angie F on November 26, 2011
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This book is amazing! Jacqelyn Small makes therapy easy for everyone. This book includes suggestions for everyone from the friend to the professional counselor. After reading so many therapy books that try to 'can' everything into a particular method, Jacquelyn Small makes it easy to use the tools you already have to be here and now with those in your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steve_k on November 3, 2013
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This is a classic, and for good reason. If you believe that you have the ability to listen to others and help them find their purpose and truth, this book will help you validate your belief. It is written clearly and concisely and with empathy and understanding. Any quibbles I have are minor and would be petty of me to share.
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