One Life at a Time: Helping Skills and Interventions

One Life at a Time: Helping Skills and Interventions

One Life at a Time: Helping Skills and Interventions

One Life at a Time: Helping Skills and Interventions


One Life at a Time: Helping Skills and Interventions is a student-centered, inexpensive experientially based textbook for beginning courses in counseling and therapy. Written in Kottler's personal, easy-to-read and engaging style, this text covers all the basic skills and core interventions that beginners need to be taught in order to begin seeing clients. Students are encouraged to explore self-reflection and make connections between the material and their prior knowledge and experience; once internalized, these ideas and skills can be applied to one's life as well as one's work. Including an online instructor's manual, case examples and first person accounts - this book will help students to understand how best to meet a client's needs.


Every undergraduate and graduate program in social work, counseling, family therapy, applied psychology, human services, and related fields (nursing, education, pastoral care, medicine) offers a course (or two) on basic counseling skills and therapeutic interventions. Some would say that this is the most important: unit in the program because it forms the foundation for everything else that practitioners do. This is the class where beginners learn the core skills of helping, as well as the essence of what it means to make a difference in the world, one life at a time.

Skills courses tend to be very practice-oriented, a hands-on experience in which students not only learn the basics of helping others but also practice these behaviors and interventions in simulated situations. The goal is no less than to equip students with everything they need to begin conducting interviews, planning treatments, engaging in systematic assessment and diagnoses, and structuring effective interventions. Most of this helping activity is centered on core helping skills, but in order to be truly effective these strategies must be integrated as part of an overall plan for influencing people in positive ways. This text not only teaches students basic interventions, but also inspires them to use these skills in the most powerful and ethical ways possible.


The title of this text was quite deliberately chosen to reflect the "bigger picture" that is involved in helping others. Therapeutic skills are employed within a particular context that includes the practitioner's operating theory, personality, and style, as well as the client's unique characteristics, needs, and assumptions. There are so many other dimensions that enter into the picture as well-the particular setting in which the help takes place, the sort of relationship that has been developed between the clinician and client, the respective cultural identities of the participants, the stage of counseling, and similar variables, each of which influences how skills are used and received. Yet even with broadening the place of therapeutic skills to include these other clinical factors, it is still not nearly enough to convey to beginners the incredible power of our work.

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