Principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Learning the Essential Domains and Nonlinear Thinking of Master Practitioners
Routledge – 2009 – 470 pages
Research has shown that the most effective way to prepare students for practice with real clients is for them to learn how to think in a new way, rather than simply learning and using a set of steps. While there is much to be learned from what master practitioners do in their sessions, there is even more knowledge to gain from learning how they think. In this text, the authors present a unique approach to teaching and learning the fundamental skills and interventions used in counseling and psychotherapy based on a "nonlinear" process of thinking that more accurately reflects the realities of mental health practice. This "nonlinear" approach to therapy is based on authoritative research and a three-level model of counselor experience that has been extensively studied. Each domain is explored in great detail, and numerous clinical case examples help paint a picture of master practitioners in action. Engaging exercises also help readers to understand this new approach and begin to think in a nonlinear way. After reading this text, students and beginning counselors will be better equipped for practice in the real world, embarking on a new, nonlinear path to successful and meaningful practice.
"If you are looking for a textbook which itemizes the hows and the whys of therapeutic interventions, and which contains some clearly laid-out clinical exercises and case studies, together with a rather handy Biopsychosocial Assessment, then this book might be for you." - Gillian Bridge, Addiction Today, Vol. 21, No. 120
Part I: Introduction. Part II: The Level I Practitioner Profile. The Basic Skills of Psychotherapy: A New Look. The Domain of Connecting with and Engaging the Client, Part I: Listening. The Domain of Connecting with and Engaging the Client, Part II: Responding. The Domain of Assessment, Part I: Clients’ Symptoms, Stages of Change, Needs, Strengths, and Resources. The Domain of Assessment, Part II: The Theme Behind a Client’s Narrative, Therapeutic Goals, and Client Input about Goal Achievement. The Domain of Establishing and Maintaining the Therapeutic Relationship and the Therapeutic Alliance, Part I: Relationship Building. The Domain of Establishing and Maintaining the Therapeutic Relationship and the Therapeutic Alliance, Part II: The Care and Feeding of the Therapeutic Alliance. Part III: The Level II Practitioner: Supervisory and Developmental Considerations. The Domain of Understanding Clients’ Cognitive Schemas, Part I: Foundations. The Domain of Understanding Clients’ Cognitive Schemas, Part II: Assessment and Clinical Conceptualization. The Domain of Addressing and Managing Clients’ Emotional States, Part I: Basic Understandings. The Domain of Addressing and Managing Clients’ Emotional States, Part II: Managing Common Negative Emotions in Therapy. The Domain of Addressing and Resolving Ambivalence, Part I: Understanding and Identifying Client Ambivalence. The Domain of Addressing and Resolving Ambivalence, Part II: Working with and Resolving Client Ambivalence. Part IV: The Level III Practitioner Profile. The Domain of Paradoxical Interventions, Part I: Definition and Neutralizers. The Domain of Paradoxical Interventions, Part II: Tranquilizers. The Domain of Paradoxical Interventions, Part III: The Energizers. The Domain of Paradoxical Interventions, Part IV: Challengers. Ethically and Effectively Helping the Client to Disengage: How and Why Nonlinear Thinking and Paradoxical Interventions Contribute to the Making of a Master Therapist.
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