Gerard Egan, PhD, is a Professor of Organisation Development and Psychology and author of The Skilled Helper. He has written over a dozen books, some in the field of counselling, including Interpersonal Living and People in Systems. The Skilled Helper is currently the most widely used counselling text in the world.
Most of the counselling work that Egan does takes place within a variety of organisations and institutions worldwide. He describes this work as his fourfold approach; consultant, coach, counsellor and confidant.
In the first Chapter of his book The Skilled Helper, Egan describes what helping is all about, including the positive and negative elements. He also addresses the issue of whether or not helping is for everyone.
In the second chapter we are introduced to the helping model, which Egan refers to as the Skilled Helper Model. You can read a detailed description of this model by clicking here.
The third chapter focuses on the value of respect, the culture of helping and the value of client empowerment, an important element of any counselling relationship.
Part two of the book (chapter four to six) describes the power of active listening, basic empathy techniques and the art of summarising.
Part three (chapter seven to twelve) deals with helping the client to tell their story, reluctance and resistance from the client and how to successfully challenge.
Part four (chapter thirteen to eighteen) focuses on discovering what the client really wants, and what they are willing to do to get there, and finishes by discussing strategies for achieving these goals.
I would recommend this book to anyone studying to be a counsellor, it is usually standard reading on counselling courses, or to experienced counsellors who are serious about taking their skills to the next level. You can purchase the book by clicking the The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management Approach to Helping to the left under ‘Links’.