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Designed as a resource and operating manual for students in human service professions, Nuts and Bolts of Helping provides an overview of the theory, process, and skills of counseling methods. Today's mental health and human service programs require service helpers to make a difference in a short period of time often in a few sessions or less. This brief yet comprehensive book prepares readers for this changed workplace, providing them with practical skills and techniques that they can begin to apply immediately. Written by a well-respected author and practitioner, this user-centered text teaches the basics of developing therapeutic relationships, assessing and diagnosing complaints, promoting exploration and understanding, designing and implementing action plans, and more. For anyone interested in counseling, psychology, social work, human services, and other helping professions.