Gerard Egan The Skilled Helper Online Course – The Fundamentals of Skilled Helping with Kain Ramsay

The Fundamentals of Skilled Helping and Problem Management

Learn a Collaborative and Integrative Approach to Problem Management and Opportunity Identification with Gerard Egan

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Kain Ramsay

Course Description

The course teaching is led by Gerard Egan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Organisation Development and Psychology in the business school of Loyola University of Chicago, whose life works include 'The Skilled Helper', 'Skilled Helping Around the World: Addressing Diversity and Multiculturalism', and 'You & Me: The Skills of Communicating and Relating to Others'.

The Essentials of Skilled Helping & Problem Management guides students through the process of developing essential skills to enable others to manage their situations suitably and effectively. In the field of counsellor training, Egan’s ‘Helping Model’ incorporates communication skills training to strengthen relationships and develop more meaningful connections between people.

The ideas presented in this training share features of the cognitive-behavioural school which are rooted in the core conditions of the person-centred counselling approach. Widely taught on reputable counselling and life coaching courses, this model was first proposed by Egan in 1975 as a ‘useful model for doing counselling’.

G. Egan’s Skilled Helper Model of counselling contributes a structured basis for counsellors, coaches and professional helpers.

This three-stage model employs skills which therapists can use to assist clients in solving problems and mastering their difficulties. It is used a lot in counselling and coaching situations where the objective is to empower individuals to resolve their problems, find their solutions and explore potential opportunities for personal growth and development.

The Skilled Helper model, is pragmatic, change-oriented and specifies the appropriate skills available to the helper at different stages of the helping/counselling process. Egan's incomparable problem-management model is vigorous and has undergone multiple significant refinements over the last 35 years.

In this course, Egan and Ramsay take you through the background of interdisciplinary helping practice, along with the main ideas and techniques that have earned Egan unprecedented respect from multitudes of scholars, learners and experts across the world.

Egan's world-renowned method gives practitioners a globally serving, working framework which is congruous with their theories about personality and behaviour change, ultimately allowing them to fulfil their goals of fostering positive change in their clients.

The Fundamentals of Skilled Helping and Problem Management

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7 hours of on-demand video

34 downloadable resources

Live practice sessions with experienced tutors

Access to a community of supportive practitioners

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Verifiable Professional Certificate of Completion

How will this course benefit me?

Our course will teach you how to:

  • Employ logical processes for problem management that you can apply with professional clients, in your personal life, career or relationships.
  • Understand the same actionable process that top counselling practitioners and coaches use to facilitate positive change in themselves and the people they serve.
  • Help people lead more satisfying lives by helping them to identify problem areas in their lives, consider what they want and take steps towards resolving these issues.
  • Use the robust helping framework that skilled helpers, therapists and life coaches use to influence others positively, provoke behavioural change and bring about resolve.
  • Understand how the Gerard Egan Skilled Helper Model can be used to empower people to manage their problems more effectively and thoroughly explore the extent of their opportunities.
  • Build collaborative helping (counselling, coaching, mentoring) partnerships with your clients that are structured around positively framed goals and well-formed outcomes.
  • Develop your ability to listen deeply, ask appropriate, powerful questions and become a more engaging, influential and inspiring helper (counsellor, coach or mentor).
  • Set meaningful outcomes and clearly defined goals for yourself or clients that will inspire action to be taken and commitment made to the process of personal growth and development.

What will I Learn?

As you apply what you in the modules, you will learn how to:

  • Confidently employ a step-by-step counselling process to become a more competent helper.
  • Facilitate client development through collaboration, questions and acceptance.
  • Improve the calibre of your everyday relationships with essential people and communication skills.
  • Understand the importance of empathic responding in the context of personal and professional relationships.
  • Use the Egan Skilled Helper model as an effective framework for counselling, coaching & mentoring. 
  • Use a person-centred approach when working in a people-oriented environment.
  • Use the framework for managing personal boundaries in professional helping relationships.
  • Develop practical, empathic communication skills in your personal and professional relationships.

What does the course cover?

Introductions & Exploring the Fundamentals of Skilled Helping 13 lectures
Decision Making, Values and the Helping Process Demonstrated 15 lectures
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More about this course

In this unequalled training course, Gerard Egan (author of the bestselling book, The Skilled Helper) brings his lifetime of expertise, alongside Kain Ramsay, to teach you an innovative framework for practical problem management and skillfully helping people.

Those who benefit the most from this training commonly fulfil roles as counsellors, therapists, teachers, medical professionals, coaches, physical trainers, parents, psychologists, Achologists, social workers, managers, alternative therapists, leadership teams, HR professionals, pastoral teams, and those individuals who aspire to become more efficient problem solvers.

Our unique, online courses provide a comprehensive, enjoyable and convenient learning experience. There is no deadline for you finishing the course, and you can fit the training around your current responsibilities and at your own preferred pace.

You will gain all of the core skills you need to start your journey as a counselling practitioner right away. If you already operate as a professional (or paraprofessional) helper in some capacity, you will be able to compliment and increase your current level of professional service.

Enrolling in this course allows you to join our unique and exclusive Achology online support community, in which you can ask course-related questions, discuss what you're learning with others and benefit from the wealth of wisdom of over 30,000 like-minded people from all corners of the world.

By the end of the course, you will understand the Fundamental principles of Skilled Helping and Problem Management that top Achology Practitioners and Professional Helpers use to facilitate positive change, in themselves and with whom they work.

There is no deadline for you completing the course, and you can fit the training around your current obligations and at your own chosen pace. Upon fulfilment of the course, you will comprehend the most practical understandings and practices that top helping practitioners use to advance positive change in themselves and the clients they serve.

Who is this course for?

  • Ideal students for this 'Fundamentals of Skilled Helping and Problem Management' training are those who want to work more successfully in different 'people' environments (Management, leadership, teaching, public service).
  • The Egan Skilled Helper approach encourages helping professionals to become active interpreters of people, exploring problem issues, seeking new opportunities with them and establishing goals.
  • Those who make excellent skilled helpers are generally those who are naturally interested in people and care about making a difference.
  • Communicating efficiently with others is a crucial skill in almost every workplace. This course is for those who want to strengthen and refine their communication skills for both professional and personal reasons..
  • Those who commonly study strategies for Skilled Helping and Problem Management are teachers, medical professionals, counsellors, therapeutic practitioners, parents, psychologists, Achologists, social workers, leadership teams, professional helpers, and those who aspire to become more productive versions of themselves.
  • This course acts as a great support resource for students who have studied the works of Gerard Egan, and in particular have already read 'The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management Approach to Helping'.

Requirements for enrolling on this course

No formal qualifications or prior experience are necessary to enrol in this course. However, there are many qualities you need to have before becoming a professional helper. Skills can be learned, but virtuous qualities are what motivated you to start helping people, to begin with, are what will support your journey.

The Skilled Helper book, first published in 1975, draws on over 60 years of Egan's professional experience and blends Ramsay's psychology-based theoretical knowledge with other relevant life principles.

Students who benefit most from this course are those who REFLECT upon and APPLY the lessons personally. There are many reflection-worthy concepts introduced during the course, so we encourage students to take notes (for personal use only. This course does not require any formal submissions).

You can complete this Fundamentals of Skilled Helping and Problem Management course in your own time and pace. Course completion is easily achievable within 2 - 4 weeks.

The Fundamentals of Skilled Helping and Problem Management course can be studied online with an internet connection, though it is also wholly available on MP3 for those of you studying on the go.

You can study each lecture from the comfort of your own home or favourite cafe at any time. You can access your course lessons from your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

The course also includes a range of downloadable, editable life coaching course materials to help make this Fundamentals of Skilled Helping and Problem Management course even more enlightening, fascinating and enjoyable for you.

You will gain all of the core skills you need to start your journey as a counselling practitioner right away. If you already operate as a professional (or paraprofessional) helper in some capacity, you will be able to compliment and increase your current level of professional service.

Enrolling in this course allows you to join our unique and exclusive Achology online support community, in which you can ask course-related questions, discuss what you're learning with others and benefit from the wealth of wisdom of over 30,000 like-minded people from all corners of the world.

By the end of the course, you will understand the Fundamental principles of Skilled Helping and Problem Management that top Achology Practitioners and Professional Helpers use to facilitate positive change, in themselves and with whom they work.

There is no deadline for you completing the course, and you can fit the training around your current obligations and at your own chosen pace. Upon fulfilment of the course, you will comprehend the most practical understandings and practices that top helping practitioners use to advance positive change in themselves and the clients they serve.

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Training with Achology offers you a unique learning ecosystem that centres around principled practices which exceed conventional education methods. Achology gives all students attentive support throughout its various programs, practice sessions and peer-to-peer practice events. 

Whether you are a managerial HR supervisor, a self-employed professional looking to certify your practice or a parent wanting to support your child, Achology training programs support every stage of your development.

In our unique, peer-learning environment, you can partake in live practice events, view pre-recorded tutorials, earn CPD credits (starting in 2020), and advance your professional progression. Once you feel ready, you can even apply to host training events and equip yourself for practising in a public or professional setting.

Achology gives you the tremendous opportunity to learn on your merit, work at your own pace, and propel your personal and professional development with the amount of support and accountability as you see fit.

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If you are a professional or aspire to become a professional practitioner then you’ll want to claim the Achology Professional Practitioner Certificate. In order to do this you will need to be a professional member of Achology, this is because these certificates provide a mechanism for professional verification and validation of your professional membership within the Achology body.

In essence, a certificate of completion demonstrates you completed a course, a professional certificate shows you belong to an organisation dedicated to professionalism, a code of ethics and continued professional development.

Put the learnings into practice

Practice putting the Life Coaching skills into practice by participating in live training sessions which are set up as Training Triads led by senior Achology members.

These Training Triads take place once a week over a six-week period. Each training session is 90 minutes in duration, and take place online using our own Achology virtual meeting room set-up (Zoom).

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Training Triads

A Training Triad is an established way to learn and improve coaching skills.
Within the proven effective and popular Triad format, you will:

  • Work together with a group of like-minded practitioners
  • Collaborate in a supportive and non-judgemental environment
  • Extensively practice towards mastery of your craft
  • Receive a host-lead introduction to life coaching intervention techniques
  • Witness a live demonstration of the technique
  • Be able to ask any questions
  • Move to separate meeting room in a smaller team (three roles: Coach, Client, Observer)
  • Specifically practice the principles of the coaching intervention technique in this group
  • View the coaching experience from varying perspectives (Coach, Client, Observer) 
  • Receive constructive feedback from both the client and an experienced Observer
  • Return to the group setting where you discuss learnings and can hear about the other group members’ experience

A Training Triad is a safe and supportive environment where you can attempt a new method, make mistakes and receive gentle feedback so you can hone your skills. It is easy to join and to participate. You will be guided throughout the process by a senior Achologist. All you need to do is to download the free Zoom application (from Zoom.us) just once, and you will be able to participate in any of the forthcoming training triads. 

This live training is one of the benefits of membership of Achology. 

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Training Traids Programme

Establishing Limiting Beliefs

During this triad, as the coach we will explore and unpack the first coaching session: establishing the limitations or the problem the client is experiencing.

We will use 15 questions to help find limiting beliefs from the 'Life Coaching Course.

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Values Elicitation

During this triad, we will dig deeper to find out how your client defines their values.

In order to answer the question 'how does your client define their values?' we first need a clear understanding of what values are. Our values are the things that we believe are important in relation to how we live our lives. Our values should (ideally) determine our priorities in life, and they are generally the measures we use to determine if life is heading in the direction we want it to. However, when our decisions don't align with our values, that's when we start feeling like something's 'wrong' and this can lead to unhappiness and frustration. To avoid this, we must make a real effort to identify what our values actually are.

How understanding values will help our client

Whether we recognise them or not - values exist! We can make life much easier for ourselves by acknowledging our values and by making plans and decisions that honour them.

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Defining your greatest life vision

Have you ever considered what your tombstone might say? When you think of what might be written on your tombstone one day, does it encourage, inspire, and push you forward?

Without a personal mission statement, people can only go so far in life and can very quickly find themselves in a place of stagnation & without a vision for their future.

In this exercise, we will create a meaningful mission statement for the rest of your client’s life (that determines how they want to be remembered). It helps us to ensure that our life’s efforts mean something to the right people that mean the most to us.

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Mindmapping

A Mindmap is a graphical way of representing concepts and ideas. It is a visual thinking tool that helps to structure information, helping you to analyze better, comprehend, recall, synthesize and generate new ideas. Mind mapping allows you to avoid dull, compartmentalized and linear thinking. Just like every great idea, its power lies in its simplicity. 

Mind maps (as opposed to traditional note taking) allow you to structure your thoughts more closely to how the brain actually works. As it is an activity that is both artistic and analytical, it engages your brain in a much richer way, and, best of all, it is enjoyable!

Benefits And Uses Of Mind Mapping:

We can use mind maps for?

  • Life Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Note taking
  • Brainstorming (individually or in groups)
  • Problem solving
  • Studying and memorization
  • Researching and consolidating information from multiple sources
  • Jogging your creativity

In this Triad you will learn how Mindmaps can help clarify your thinking about pretty much anything, and in many different contexts: personal, family, educational or business. You will find they are also useful for any other things, like planning out your day, planning presentations, launching a project, writing blog posts and much more.

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Stretch Goals – Part 1

We are all naturally inclined to focus on what we don’t want, so make sure when answering this question “What do you want?” we will learn to draw the focus on the positive. The learnings you will gain in this Triad will guide you to make sure that any goal you are striving for is something tangible and not just based on a feeling or a fear. This goal should be something that would stretch you, something that you would love to do but – at this point in time – you have some reservations about whether it’s possible, or whether you’re able to achieve it.

In Part 1 of this two part training session, we will help our clients to establish clarity around the questions that will ultimately help them to identify life-changing goals and how they can empower themselves to reach these.

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Stretch Goals – Part 2

In Part 2 of this exercise, we will learn how to establish a more prominent, clearer, and detailed vision of our goal. This will help us to create a greater sense of motivation and empowerment that we can accomplish our goal.

In this session we will help our clients to establish clarity around questions such as how realistic their goal is, how desirable this goal for them really is and how they can determine if any limiting beliefs are holding them back from achieving this goal.

Feedback from our students

J.M. | Life Coaching Triad, Mindmapping

“The Feedback and processing of the modality was excellent at the end. When we all came back together there was great discussion that Ed initiated on really helping people. Denis was great in the practice and demonstration part of the session where I took on the role of the client. He asked all the right questions and led me to ask and reassess what was important going forward! Thanks.”

I.R. | (Life Coaching Triad, Mindmapping)

"Great session. Lots of fun making a mind map."

S.L, I.R | (Life Coaching Triad)

"I think that I can get to where I want to be in n my personal and professional life’s with the help of these triads. I think they are a must to learn effective skills."

C.J | (Achology Life Coaching Triads)

"I loved this triad... Mind-mapping is an amazing tool, that I'm gonna love using both in regards to my self, but also with clients in the future."

J.T | (Life Coaching Triad Series - Week 4)

"This event is extremely helpful for me. I can gain confidence here for future clients. So thankful that something like this exist."

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About the Author

Kain Ramsay is admired among today's most esteemed thinkers and teachers of wisdom-centred counselling. He is mostly respected for his brand teachings on growth-orientated living, personal maturity and intelligent decision-making.

Kain is the founder of Achology, and in 2018, partnered with celebrated author of The Skilled helper, Prof. Gerard Egan. Egan is Emeritus Prof. at Loyola University Chicago and has published 15 books in the fields of psychology and business.

With over 50 years of experience in counselling, Egan brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge and wisdom to bring to his teaching. The Skilled Helper has become one of the most extensively used counselling textbooks in the world.

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