Practicing Counseling and Psychotherapy
Insights from Trainees, Supervisors and Clients
Routledge – 2008 – 324 pages
Practicing Counseling and Psychotherapy: Insights From Trainees, Supervisors, and Clients offers a framework for understanding the counseling and psychotherapy process that can be used in any training program. Clinical examples and discussion questions are included throughout the book, and are based on a large-scale empirical study that qualitatively and quantitatively examines the experiences of trainees, clients, and supervisors. This volume is an excellent resource for those who want an insider's view and conceptualization from the perspectives of psychotherapy trainees, their clients, and their supervisors.
"This book does much to help dispel myths, and also to empower and inspire new counselors. It also serves as a cautionary tale for beginnings therapists and supervisors alike about very real obstacles and roadblocks to effective counseling and supervision. At times using humor, at times simple candor, but mostly using sound clinical wisdom and practical advice derived from their own years of experience as trainees, educators, supervisors, researchers, and practitioners, the authors do an excellent job of illuminating the first steps that a trainee typically takes on his or her professional path.[I] highly recommend this book for anyone working with counseling and therapy trainees, particularly for trainees themselves, and for both new and seasoned supervisors. I also look forward to hearing more from the authors, perhaps Practicing Counseling…Psychotherapy Part II?" -Barbara Thompson, in Psychotherapy Research, September 2008; 18(5): 625-627
"The idea for the book was straightforward - the authors asked their students what type of book they wished they had had when they started their client work practice during their training, and then set out to write something that met the requirement of 'a practical, how-to book that included real life examples' (p.ix). It is a tribute to the authors that they have not only succeeded, but succeeded well in producing a book that is eminently readable, sensibly structured and liberally illustrated with anecdotes. Furthermore, the book is as descriptive as any book can possibly be in describing a perennially unique experience of what it is like for a beginning therapist in the counseling room with a real-life client in front of them. In short, I wish that I had had this book when I was training…I strongly recommend the book to all practitioners, since I think that everyone, new or experienced, will gain something from it." - Carl Stonier, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Introduction. Introduction to Therapy Process and Outcome. Conceptualizing the Client. Understanding Yourself as a Therapist. The Therapeutic Work. Therapy Outcome. How to Best Use Supervision. Lydia’s Story. Next Steps in the Journey. Appendices. Resources & References.
Nicholas Ladany, Ph.D., is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has served as Counseling Psychology Program Coordinator & Director of Doctoral Training, and Chair of the Department of Education and Human Services, Prior to his affiliation with Lehigh University, he was an Assistant Professor at Temple University and a Visiting Faculty member at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. at the University at Albany, State University of New York in 1992. He has published numerous articles and presented nationally and internationally in the area of psychotherapy supervision and training. His primary research interest and activity include the interrelationships between supervision process and outcome and psychotherapy process and outcome, including such issues as the working alliance, self-disclosures and nondisclosures, multicultural training, and ethics. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling Psychology and currently is the Associate Editor of Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, and Training. He is the author of two books: Critical Events in Psychotherapy Supervision: An Interpersonal Approach and Counselor Supervision: Principles, Process, and Practice. He is a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania.
Jessica A. Walker, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist at the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Counseling Center, where she provides leadership in the areas of outreach programming and graduate training. Prior to her affiliation with UNC-C, she served as a psychologist and instructor at UNC-Wilmington. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University after completing her pre-doctoral internship at Appalachian State University's Counseling Center. Jessica has published and presented nationally and internationally in her areas of research including psychotherapy supervision, countertransference and multicultural variables in counseling.
Lia Pate-Carolan, Ph.D., is a Psychologist with the ACT Medical Group, PA in North Carolina. She conducts psychotherapy with those currently residing in nursing homes and assisted living settings north of Raleigh. She completed a post-doctoral position at the New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs focusing on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an intervention to reduce medical over-utilization. Her research interests include the process within therapy, and the parallel process between therapy and supervision. She is a Licensed Psychologist in New York and North Carolina.
Laurie Gray Evans, Ph.D., is a Staff Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training at Lehigh University Counseling and Psychological Services, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. at Lehigh University and has published articles and presented nationally and internationally primarily in the area of psychotherapy supervision and training. Her primary research interests and activities include the interrelationships between supervision and psychotherapy processes and outcomes, with particular interest in critical incidents, parallel processes, and transferential and character dynamics.