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Elements of Counseling

ISBN-10: 0495813338
ISBN-13: 9780495813330
Edition: 7th 2011
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List price: $63.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 1/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

About the Authors
Setting the Stage: Counseling Process
Make personal contact
Develop a working alliance
Explain counseling to the client
Pace and lead the client
Speak briefly
When you don't know what to say, say nothing
You may confront as much as you've supported
If you want to change something, process it
Individualize your counseling
Notice resistance
When in doubt, focus on feelings
Plan for termination at the beginning of counseling
Arrange the physical setting appropriately
Dress appropriately
Attend to physical space
Conduct counseling in a quiet setting
Avoid interruptions and distractions
Be prompt
Invest in a box of tissues
Remember confidentiality
Strategies to Assist Clients in Self-Exploration
Avoid advice
Avoid premature problem solving
Avoid relying on questions
Listen closely to what clients say
Pay attention to nonverbals
Focus on the client
Be concrete
Utilize metaphors
A Few Mistaken Assumptions
Agreement does not equal empathy
Do not assume that change is simple
Positive thinking does not equal rational thinking
Make psychological assessments, not moral judgments
Do not assume that you know clients' feelings, thoughts, and behaviors
Do not assume that you know how clients react to their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors
Important Topics
Develop crisis intervention skills
Take control of the situation
Determine the real client
Emphasize strengths
Mobilize social resources
Become culturally competent
Be open to group and family approaches
Learn about grief, loss, and trauma
Refer carefully
Watch for deterioration in clients
Establish an interest in counseling research
Document your work
Persevere with clients who no-show
Learn how to conceptualize clients
Learn about managed care
Develop technology skills
Counselor, Know Thyself
Become aware of and address your personal issues
How did you decide to become a counselor?
With what emotions are you uncomfortable?
What amount of progress is acceptable?
How will you deal with your clients' feelings toward you?
How will you handle your feelings for your clients?
Can you be flexible, accepting, and gentle?
Be open to supervision
Don't hide behind testing
On ethical questions, consult
A Brief Introduction to Intervention
Basic counseling texts
Person-centered counseling
Behavioral counseling
Cognitive, cognitive/behavioral counseling, and social learning theory
Gestalt counseling
Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic counseling
Existential counseling
Group counseling
Family/systems counseling
Multicultural counseling
Feminist therapy
Brief therapy and solution focused therapy
Integrative approaches
Narrative therapy
New and emerging approaches
Research on counseling and psychotherapy
Other important sources

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