Chapter 14. Helping People to Use their Networks

  1. Richard Velleman and
  2. Sarajane Aris

Published Online: 10 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317473.ch14

Counselling and Helping, Second edition

Counselling and Helping, Second edition

How to Cite

Velleman, R. and Aris, S. (2009) Helping People to Use their Networks, in Counselling and Helping, Second edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317473.ch14

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405106108

Online ISBN: 9781444317473



  • social processes;
  • helping people to use networks;
  • formal networks - people contacting and supporting each other;
  • counselling tasks;
  • working with clients in improving social networks;
  • layers of social networks;
  • working with couples and families;
  • training couples in negotiating, problem-solving and communication;
  • family counselling - couples counselling, focus on relationship set;
  • using professional helping networks


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Social Networks Are

  • Why Social Networks are Important

  • Working with Clients to Improve their Social Networks

  • Working with Couples and Families

  • Couples Counselling

  • Family Counselling

  • Using Professional Helping Networks

  • Conclusion