Helping Skills: Facilitating Exploration, Insight, and Action Fifth Edition

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In this fifth edition of her best‑selling textbook, Clara Hill presents an updated model of essential helping skills for undergraduate and first‑year graduate students.

Hill’s model consists of three stages—exploration, insight, and action—in which helpers guide clients in exploring their thoughts and feelings, discovering the origins and consequences of maladaptive thoughts and behaviors, and acting on those discoveries to create positive long‑term change.

This book synthesizes the author’s extensive clinical and classroom experience into an easy‑to‑read guide to the helping process. Aspiring helping professionals will learn the theoretical principles behind the three‑stage model and fundamental clinical skills for working with diverse clients. Hill also challenges students to think critically about the helping process, their own biases, and what approach best aligns with their therapeutic skills and goals.


Hill’s helping skills training is the singular choice for students and early practitioners who wish to identify therapeutic interventions and learn how to apply these tools in different situations. While “technical,” Hill’s helping skills theory is compatible with any popular treatment approach and is flexible enough to allow readers the freedom to experiment and find their own way to become expert psychotherapists.

— Timothy Anderson, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens

About the Author:

Clara E. Hill, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Maryland. Her awards include the Leona Tyler Award, the Distinguished Psychologist Award, the Distinguished Research Career Award, and the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award. Her major research interests are helping skills, the psychotherapy process, training and supervising therapists, dream work, meaning in life, and qualitative research. Dr. Hill has published over 220 journal articles, more than 75 book chapters, and 14 books, including Dream Work in Therapy (2004), and Consensual Qualitative Research (2012), and Meaning in Life (2018). She lives in Silver Spring, MD.


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