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About this Book

PERSONAL COUNSELING: HELPING OTHERS HELP THEMSELVES is not like most books. It has a unique “self-paced” format that encourages a reader to become personally involved. Designed to be “read with a pencil,” there are an abundance of exercises, activities, assessments and cases that invite participation.

The objective of PERSONAL COUNSELING is to help a person develop the basic techniques that make for an effective and successful counselor.

PERSONAL COUNSELING (and the other self-improvement books listed in the back of this book) can be used effectively in a number of ways. Here are some possibilities:

  • Individual Study. Because the book is self-instructional, all that is needed is a quiet place, some time and a pencil. Completing the activities and exercises, should provide not only valuable feedback, but also practical ideas about steps for self-improvement.

  • Workshops and Seminars. This book is ideal for pre-assigned reading prior to a workshop or seminar. With the basics in hand, the quality of participation should improve. More time can be spent on concept extensions and applications during the program. The book is also effective when distributed at the beginning of a session.

  • Remote Location Training. Copies can be sent to those not able to attend “home office” training sessions.

  • Informal Study Groups. Thanks to the format, brevity and low cost, this book is ideal for “brown-bag” or other informal group sessions.

There are other possibilities that depend on the objectives of the user. One thing for sure, even after it has been read, this book will serve as excellent reference material which can be easily reviewed. Good luck!

VOLUNTARY

CONTRACT [*]

I, ______________________ , hereby agree to (Your name) meet with the individual designated below within thirty days to discuss my progress toward incorporating the counseling techniques and ideas presented in this book into my behavioral patterns. The purpose of this meeting will be to review my areas of strengths and weaknesses discovered from reading and applying what I have learned and to list areas where improvement may still be required.

__________________________________________________

Signature of individual reading book.

I agree to meet with the above individual on

__________________________________________________

Month Date Time

at the following location.

_________________________________________________

_________________________________________________

Signature of individual (manager, mentor, etc.) reviewing my progress.


[*] The purpose of this agreement is to motivate you to incorporate important concepts and techniques into your daily activities. It also provides a degree of accountability between you and the person you select to sign the agreement.

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