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"Professionals often zero in on disciplinary differences in approach, but in this excellent text Elisabeth Nesbit Sbanotto, Heather Davediuk Gingrich, and Fred C. Gingrich transcend disciplinary differences and get to the heart of being a better people-helper―the interpersonal helping skills shared across people-helping disciplines. This is a comprehensive, readable text that is a fully integrated Christian and psychological model for being an effective helper. Regardless of your discipline or theoretical approach you'll love it."

-- Everett L. Worthington Jr., coauthor of Couple Therapy

"Every day I look for resources that will help me and others become more effective in helping counsel and minister to others. Whether you are a beginning student, seasoned clinician, or pastor, Skills for Effective Counseling is a must-add to your library. It is clinically excellent, biblically anchored, and easy to understand yet filled with immense wisdom and understanding."

-- Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors

"Wow. What a delightful surprise. This biblically sound, research-based, therapeutically relevant, and easy-to-read book is a unique, fresh, rich, integrative, and practical resource. Regardless of your therapeutic orientation, you'll find some practical tools to help you to become even more effective. It's a breath of fresh air for the practicing clinician and will be a resource that you'll turn to often. There are several chapters alone that are worth the price of the book. If you want to upgrade your therapeutic toolkit and increase both your confidence and effectiveness, read this book. It's that good."

-- Gary J. Oliver, executive director, The Center for Healthy Relationships, professor of psychology and practical theology, John Brown University

"Skills for Effective Counseling is well written, comprehensive, and very helpful for training counseling skills, covering essential microskills with the integration of Christian faith and counseling. This is a much-needed book for the effective training of Christian professional counselors as well as lay counselors. Highly recommended!"

-- Siang-Yang Tan, professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, author of Counseling and Psychotherapy

"Finally! We have been given a competent textbook that tackles the need for training graduate students in skills for effective counseling that also addresses faith-based integration. Sbanotto, Gingrich, and Gingrich have given us an excellent tool to understand the relationship of faith-based counseling to secular approaches in a way that will guide us in effective helping processes with those of varied spiritual beliefs."

-- C. Gary Barnes, licensed psychologist, professor of biblical counseling, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Skills for Effective Counseling is a comprehensive yet accessible textbook written from decades of professional practice by the authors. It is for people helpers across a variety of roles―professional counselors, pastoral care providers, spiritual directors, and life coaches―and features a wealth of training activities, exercises, and transcript analysis. This is a welcome addition to the counselor education fields."

-- Gary W. Moon, executive director, Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College, author of Apprenticeship with Jesus, editor of Eternal Living

"Skills for Effective Counseling strives to equip a new generation with listening skills and a constructive framework to counsel with love in service of Jesus Christ. Forty years ago, Gary R. Collins demystified counseling and connected basic helping principles with Christian discipleship in How to Be a People Helper. In Skills for Effective Counseling, Sbanotto, Gingrich, and Gingrich honor the heart of that pioneering quest. This is a foundational text that is accessible, intentional, integrative, systematic, and reflective. It is accessible in that it is multiculturally aware, jargon free, and adaptable to ministry. The intentional design to promote quality-helping encounters is evident in its sequential approach, dialogue samples, and plentiful learning activities. The faith-integrative component is found in comparative tables and discussion. Contemporary counseling links to Christian soul care. Each chapter systematically bridges pivotal empirical findings with elevated conversation. The reader is shown how to increase communication habits that deepen interpersonal relationships and motivate growth. There are countless opportunities for self-reflection with scales to obtain insightful feedback. This book unfolds a helping process that is realistic, hopeful, and, most importantly, biblically faithful. Finally, a faith-sensitive, microskills text for the next generation of people helpers."

-- Stephen P. Greggo, professor of counseling, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"This book combines clarity and reader-friendliness with an academically solid, up-to-date approach to counseling skills. Unusual in drawing on the three perspectives of its authors (a counselor, a marriage and family therapist, and a psychologist), it will be a great text for students and a wonderful resource for practitioners, whatever their people-helping role―including pastors and other church-based workers. The Christian integrative perspective is woven throughout, as well as having its own chapter. A chapter on the systems perspective―rare in such counseling skills books―is an important, welcome addition."

-- Bradford M. Smith, associate professor of psychology, Belhaven University

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"This book combines clarity and reader-friendliness with an academically solid, up-to-date approach to counseling skills. Unusual in drawing on the three perspectives of its authors (a counselor, a marriage and family therapist, and a psychologist), it will be a great text for students and a wonderful resource for practitioners, whatever their people-helping role―including pastors and other church-based workers. The Christian integrative perspective is woven throughout, as well as having its own chapter. A chapter on the systems perspective―rare in such counseling skills books―is an important, welcome addition."

-- Bradford M. Smith, associate professor of psychology, Belhaven University
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ IVP Academic (September 14, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 486 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0830828605
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0830828609
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.98 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
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