Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice: Skills, Strategies, and Techniques / Edition 2

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"Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice provides an in-depth understanding of the origins, development, and key figures of each major theory and strongly emphasizes the application of these theories in real-world practice. This engaging and illuminating text is packed with useful learning aids, instructions for ongoing assessment, and valuable case studies from the authors' own experiences - all designed to facilitate comprehension and lead to effective, ethical practice." Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice is a unique and comprehensive text for students in counselor education, psychology, and social work, as well as a captivating, informative resource for professionals.
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"This introductory text is written with extraordinary care and attention to detail. Not only is it one of the best resources I know of for in depth coverage of classical therapeutic theory, but it is also one of the best at illuminating cutting edge developments, both in theory and application. Readers will greatly benefit from the clarity, comprehensiveness, and personal perceptiveness of this engaging introductory guide."
Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., Faculty, Saybrook University and the Existential-Humanistic Institute; Author of Existential-Humanistic Therapy and Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy

"This outstanding textbook does not oversimplify the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy nor does it underestimate the neophyte counselor's ability to grapple with ambiguity and complexity—it strikes just the right chord."
Thomas K. Burdenski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling Tarleton State University

"John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan have written an exceptionally practical text for students wishing to learn usable counseling principles. Their excellent scholarship is balanced by a superb treatment of counseling theory that includes a review of the strengths, limitations, and means for implementing the systems represented."
Robert Wubbolding, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus, Xavier University, Center for Reality Therapy; Author of Reality Therapy: Theories of Psychotherapy Series

"The Sommers-Flanagan team (John and Rita) have done it again! In the revised second edition of their popular Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice book, they have masterfully organized and written a compelling text that will appeal to students and faculty alike. The second edition is thoroughly pragmatic with careful attention to research and evidence-based literature. Much to the delight of the readers, extensive case analyses that illustrate major theoretical concepts abound."
Sherry Cormier, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, West Virginia University

"Here is a textbook that indulges its reader’s curiosity for theories – their complexities and nuances, so often lost in many other textbooks of similar name, receive their due here. John and Rita have an uncanny knack for dismantling the jargon that often distances emerging counselors from the utility and elegance of counseling and psychotherapy theories. If there is such a thing in academe, this is a page-turner that you won't want to put down."
Kurt L. Kraus, Ed.D., Professor of Counseling, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

"Significantlyrevised and updated, Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice is comprehensive in scope and highly practical; thorough and accessible. With this new edition, John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan have made a quality text even better. It is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it."
Richard E. Watts, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Counseling, Director, Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Counselor Education, Department of Educational Leadership & Counseling, Sam Houston State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471211051
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/16/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

John Sommers-Flanagan has a PhD in psychology and is Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Montana. He serves as a mental health consultant for Trapper Creek Job Corps. His research interests include clinical interviewing, parent consultations, and adolescent psychotherapy.

Rita Sommers-Flanagan is Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Montana. She provides mental health consultation at the Missoula Veterans Center and Trapper Creek Job Corps. She has taught and written in the area of applied, practical ethics for the past fifteen years.

John and Rita have coauthored seven books, including Clinical Interviewing, Fourth Edition; Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional: Cultural and Philosophical Foundations; and How to Listen so Parents Will Talk and Talk so Parents Will Listen (all published by Wiley).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counseling Theory and Technique 1
Ch. 2 Psychoanalytic, Brief Analytic, Object Relations, and Interpersonal Approaches 33
Ch. 3 Individual Psychology: The Therapeutic Approach of Alfred Adler 74
Ch. 4 Jung and the Practice of Analytical Psychotherapy 111
Ch. 5 Existential Theory and Therapy 138
Ch. 6 Carl Rogers: Person-Centered Theory and Therapy 174
Ch. 7 Behavioral Theory and Therapy 214
Ch. 8 Cognitive Theory and Therapy 258
Ch. 9 Choice Theory and the New Reality Therapy 297
Ch. 10 Feminist Theory and Therapy 334
Ch. 11 Constructivist Theory and Therapy 363
Ch. 12 Multicultural and Non-Western Theories 401
Ch. 13 Integrative Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 438
References 473
Author Index 511
Subject Index 521
About the Authors 529
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  • Posted August 24, 2014

    I have used this text in a graduate course related to human beha

    I have used this text in a graduate course related to human behavior in the social environment. It provides a broad theoretical grounding in psychotherapy, including specific applications and interventions that can be used. I plan to use it in conjunction with the authors' video series this Fall to enhance student learning. The text provides a vast introduction to psychotherapy.

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