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Listening, Learning, Caring & Counselling

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’This book is a welcome addition to the therapeutic communication resources available and is a great way of introducing the new ”Listening, Learning, Caring & Counselling” model.’

Title: Listening, Learning, Caring & Counselling 

        “The essential manual for psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors & other healthcare professionals on caring for their clients”

Author: Dr Cate Howell

Publisher: EXISLE publishing

Reviewer:  Michael J McGivern, nursing tutor, Northland, New Zealand

What was it like?

Listening, Learning, Caring & Counselling (LLCC) written by Dr Cate Howell is a well presented text, much focused on the concept stated in the title. The author herself has highlighted that this book is not about fundamental counselling skills but more focused on practical applications. The text is divided up into three sections; Foundations of the LLCC approach, managing life issues and problem areas, and further LLCC key foundations. The largest section presented is that relating to ”managing life issues and problem areas” and will appeal to readers who are seeking guidance in relation to providing practical interventions to patients/clients. Some topics that are addressed during this section are as follows; managing stress and anxiety, overcoming depression, taming anger and building self-belief. For those readers with little or no knowledge of counselling, the book provides two clear and concise chapters, namely ”the fundamentals of counselling” and ”the initial phase of counselling”, which outlines valuable guidance and advice in an easy to read format. For those professionals who are looking for a resource that will help prepare them to effectively communicate with those experiencing emotionally related problems, this new text will prove to be of great benefit.

What were the highlights?

This resource has a fresh modern overall feel to it and is concisely presented in just over 300 pages. It is well set out into the various sections and contains a good amount of appropriate charts and illustrations that breaks the text up into easy to read sections. The author has made good use of appropriate case studies that expand into genograms and management plans as well as a final overall reflection. Each chapter is presented in a clear and well laid out format and the book itself is of a size that will easily fit into an average size holdall for ease of transportation. A nice feature contained within the text are highlighted boxes, which contain ”LLCC tips” such as ”overcoming guilt and shame” that are a useful learning component of this book.

Strengths & weaknesses:

For those professionals who are currently seeking a resource that will assist them ”in entering the world of therapeutic communication skills” this book will ideally fit the bill and will provide the reader with a basic level of understanding that will encourage them to take their learning to a higher level once they have fully acquainted themselves with the fundamentals of counselling. It is difficult to make any adverse comments relating to Dr Howell’s new resource, as it is a good book to engage with and to easily understand. The reader will find it useful to see examples of the various assessment scales in the appendix, such as the ”Depression Anxiety Stress Scale”, which will be valuable in their practice.

Who should read it?

Under-graduate students studying nursing, social work, counselling or other paramedical professions will find it easy to comprehend but it will also appeal to those experienced professionals who are seeking out new approaches such as the LLCC that this text is largely based around. Those people who are not involved in counselling in a professional manner will also find this book useful, particularly those who volunteer their time working alongside people experiencing emotional turmoil in their lives. This book is a welcome addition to the therapeutic communication resources available and is a great way of introducing the new ”Listening, Learning, Caring & Counselling” model.

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