Advanced Techniques for Counseling and Psychotherapy

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This is a superb book, rich in understanding of human behavior and creative in helping clients grow and change....If you aspire to be great in this profession, you will use up a highlighter on this book.

-Kevin Elko, PhD
Author of The Pep Talk and True Greatness

It is rare for a book in counseling to enlighten its readers and enable them to see the profession, themselves, and their clients in an original, enhanced, and productive way?. Conte is a master storyteller, a clear communicator, an innovative thinker, and a creative therapist.

Samuel T. Gladding, PhD
Chair and Professor, Department of Counseling
Wake Forest University

This book presents advanced techniques, concepts, and models that have proven to be both practical and readily usable for counselors who work with individuals, couples, families, and children. Dr. Conte provides in-depth coverage of a wide array of therapies, including metaphor, creative, projective, and classic.

This collection of advanced, creative techniques, each accompanied with detailed case studies, will prove useful for both health professionals and counseling students.

Key Features:

  • Provides guidelines for some of the basics, such as active listening, empathizing, self-disclosure, and dealing with resistance
  • Guidelines for using classic techniques include Adler's Push-Button technique, the ABC Model, and eye integration therapy
  • Includes introductions to the author's original models such as the Five Errors of Communication and the Four C's of Parenting

Using lucid, engaging prose, this book contains all the essential, creative, and advanced techniques that every counselor, psychotherapist, and educator should know. "

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826104502
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,305,909
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christian Conte, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada. He has received the Silver Compass Award for teaching; has published refereed articles in several professional journals; and presented on Analytical Psychology, Yield Theory, the Five Errors of Communication, and intertwining mythological tales with clinical stories at state, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Conte's current research involves applying his depth-counseling approach to domestic violence offenders in South Lake Tahoe, CA. He provides clinical consultations to community organizations in Nevada and California. Dr. Conte lives in Sparks, NV with his beautiful wife Kristen and their phenomenal daughter Kaia.
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Basic Therapy

Chapter 3: Metaphor Therapy

Chapter 4: Creative Therapy

Chapter 5: Projective Therapy

Chapter 6: Classic Therapy



Appendix A

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2009

    A book every student should own

    Advanced Techniques for Counseling and Psychotherapy by Dr. Christian Conte is a practical tool that will come in handy for students looking to learn more about counseling techniques. Professionals looking for new, outside of the box techniques will enjoy this book as well. Topics such as the five errors of communication, Yield Theory, different therapeutic techniques, the stages of change, classic therapy, parenting, and philosophy, are discussed. Not only is this book an informative read, but it provides readers with strategies they can use for the rest of their careers.

    One of my favorite aspects of this book is the philosophy that's entwined throughout many topic areas. Advanced Techniques for Counseling and Psychotherapy provides just enough information, allowing the reader to gain a wealth of knowledge and begin to understand how philosophy can be used metaphorically in a session. Dr. Conte provides specific case examples and ties the story together with the therapeutic technique. By the end of this book, readers will have a better understanding of philosophy and will have the information they need to apply it to their therapeutic approach if they should choose to implement it.

    As students, we are constantly learning about the stages of change. We understand the stages, but knowing how to ask the right questions and recognize the stage the patient is in during a session is a skill all new counselors need to develop. Advanced Techniques for Counseling and Psychotherapy describes the stages in detail, while providing the reader with the questions needed to assist the client with moving from one stage to the next. Students often ask, "Can I tell my client that they are in the contemplation stage?" With this book, they will not have to, as the material provides questions that prompt the client to figure it out all on his or her own.

    Chapter six of this book is a great refresher of classic therapy. It discusses classic approaches and provides in-depth meaning behind the approaches. It is an excellent reminder of what is available to professionals and may encourage the reader to try something new. Chapter six looks at a number of theories including, but not limited to, Person-Centered Therapy, Reality Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Chapter six also takes an in-depth look at defense mechanisms, self-esteem vs. self efficacy, the levels of consciousness, and much more.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading Advanced Techniques for Counseling and Psychotherapy. This book is full of useful information, case examples, and techniques any counselor can put to use. As any new counseling student will say, there are many books one can read to help sharpen his or her counseling skills, and some books are better than others. Advanced Techniques for Counseling and Psychotherapy allows students to learn about the techniques at work, while understanding theoretical frameworks. This book covers many avenues of counseling, and is an informative and helpful read that any student or professional can put to good use.

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