helfende-gespaeche-englischHelfende Gespräche auf Englisch

Der umfassende Sprachführer für psychosoziale
und pädagogische Arbeitsfelder

Nadine Seiler & Denis Judge
1st edition 2012
320 pages, paperback
17.0 x 22.0cm
ISBN: 978-0-9571582-0-7





This book provides guidance on effective communication in English whilst drawing on a range of tools used in psychotherapy, mediation, social work and social pedagogy. The guide is aimed at German-speaking professionals who wish to improve their interviewing, counselling or coaching skills whilst using the English language. The guide will be of particular interest to psychologists, psychotherapists, medical professionals, social workers, pedagogues, international aid and development workers and students in these and related areas.

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  • English communication in psychosocial contexts - The foundations: Expressing wishes and requests; acknowledgement and approval; objections and disapproval; describing cause and effect; processes and changes and many more topics

  • Stages in the intervention process: Beginning and ending sessions; initial interviews and assessment; ground rules and contract

  • Professional interviewing and counselling skills: Crisis management; basic interviewing skills; psycho-educational, behavioural and cognitive behavioural strategies; symbolic and creative strategies

  • Managing the professional-client relationship: Using immediacy; using the disarming technique; negotiating and clarifying the relationship

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'For all those who wish to use the English language with virtuosity and precision whilst working in a social care or counselling setting. This language guide will be of great interest to academics and practitioners alike.'
- Jan G. Thivissen, Master of Science in Social Work, Lecturer at the University of Niederrhein

'What a wonderful resource for our social work students! I am truly impressed!'
- Dagmar Preiss-Allesch, Head of the International Office, EHB University Berlin

'People often ask "Why do we still need reference works, if everything can be looked up on the internet?" This book is a good example that shows that not everything can be found on the internet.'
- Wolfgang Dohrmann, Language Book Author,

'With this publication the helping professions have finally found a reliable source to support them in learning the English language and applying it in their professional practice.'
- Prof. Fritz Gründger, in: Soziale Arbeit, Deutsches Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen (DZI)

'I would recommend this guide to any professional preparing to work in a health or social care setting in an English-speaking country.'
- Conny Fricke, Social Worker and Social Pedagogue, Transform Housing and Support, London

'This language guide has become part of my day-to-day practice.'
- Johannes Holz, Systemic Counsellor and Supervisor, Berlin

'Attempting to make accessible to the German reader the nuances and style of a language as delicate as English within care and therapeutic settings could be an almost impossible feat. I am truly amazed at the detail the authors have gone to in categorizing a range of settings, contexts and possible conversations...The presentation is very clear and easy to follow. A beautifully executed piece of work!'
- Susie Hayward, Psychotherapist und Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London

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