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This book will help students break the field of counseling into manageable pieces that can more easily be studied, critiqued, and eventually simulated into the student's understanding. The book provides a brief overview of the counseling profession and in-depth information on 10 major theoretical orientations. The author's writing style and presentation of the theories provide students with the foundations for understanding the field of counseling in an accessible manner.

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"This is an excellent text that includes many 'extras', for example, information about the theorist's professional and personal life, and notable quotes. The introductory chapters are different from any theories book I have seen and are particularly useful."

"The writing style is clear and well organized—making the material easily accessible to novice students...This is a clearly written, well organized presentation of the major theories of psychotherapy...The style of presentation makes the theories both compelling and accessible."

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Beginning counseling students will find a detailed overview of different methods and philosophies in counseling and psychotherapy in this book reviewing the concepts, limitations, and contributions of various therapeutic systems. There is material on where counseling comes from and what counselors do, the qualities of effective counseling, and legal, ethical, and cross-cultural issues. Chapters on major therapeutic theories present basic concepts of 10 influential theories. Learning features include chapter outlines, boxed readings, key terms, and quotes by key figures. Parrott teaches psychology at Seattle Pacific University and codirects the Center for Relationships Development at the University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534593377
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/11/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Parrott, III is a professor of Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. He is active in the American Psychological Association and is a prolific trade author. He has written over fifteen texts mostly on marriage and relationships, and has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and has appeared on Oprah twice.

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Table of Contents

Part I. THE PRACTICE OF COUNSELING. 1. The Realm of Counseling. 2. Becoming an Effective Counselor. 3. Legal and Ethical Issues for the Beginning Counselor. 4. Contemporary Issues in Counseling. Part II. MAJOR THEORETICAL THEORIES. 5. Introduction: Discovering Your Personal Theory of Therapy. 6. Psychoanalytic Therapy. 7. Adlerian Therapy. 8. Existential Therapy. 9. Person-Centered Therapy. 10. Gestalt Therapy. 11. Transactional Analysis. 12. Behavioral Therapy. 13. Rational Emotive and Other Cognitive Therapies. 14. Reality Therapy. 15. Marriage and Family Therapy. 16. Conclusion: Comparing the Major Therapeutic Theories. Appendices. References.

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