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This text offers an extensive array of theories, including all the mainstream approaches as well as contemporary ones such as narrative, feminist, and post-modern. The author provides an integrative framework that allows students to assess the various theories with respect to possible clinical application. By comparing and contrasting the theories, as well as analyzing strengths and weaknesses of each, students will learn to apply them more flexibly in practice.
The book is divided into four major theoretical forces in psychotherapy and introductory sections are provided to help students place a particular theory within a major theoretical period. The four theoretical forces discussed are: (1) psychoanalytical and psychodynamic; (2) behavioral and cognitive school(s); (3) existentialism and humanism; and (4) social constructivism school of psychotherapy. The author discusses social constructivism and then describes at least five theoretical approaches within this theoretical force—solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, strengths-based therapy, and so on.
“This is a well crafted product that has included the snippets, histories, time periods, and humanizing things I have collected over 25 years of teaching the course… It reads wonderfully well with the best mix of science, history, and academics I have seen. I think the author has produced an excellently crafted tool for exposing the reader to the meat of our practices, while making sure they will get a feeling of the person and the times it was developed in!”
Jennifer L. Crissman Ishler
“The content, order, organization and flow are well done and presented in a logical, easy-to-follow order. Well done!The history/background of each theorist is very well done, interesting and a great opening for each chapter.”
“Techniques, especially those presented in the chapters addressing behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches, are very practical. They can be demonstrated during a class session and can easily be practiced by students in a field-based setting.”
David T. Goode-Cross
"Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: An Integrative Approach is excellent! Not only does it cover the foundational counseling theories that all students should know, but it also puts them in an historical and cultural context that helps students understand the theories’ developments. The author synthesizes recent development in counseling theories and examines how social constructivism, multiculturalism, and non-Western counseling theories have influenced contemporary counseling theorists while exposing students to a range of newer, culturally-aware theories of psychotherapy. Perhaps the greatest strength of the text is its integration of cultural awareness throughout the text, and not just as an addendum to discussions of “standard” counseling theories. I intended to use this text each time I teach a graduate counseling theories course!"
- Lee N. June
"This is a well-written and comprehensive coverage of the traditional, contemporary and evolving theories of counseling and psychotherapy. It is done from an integrative, strength-based perspective, while being attentive to national, international, and diversity issues. Among its many appeals to the reader are information on the backgrounds on the theorists, the case studies, and the section that helps a person to determine one’s approach to counseling. A must read and resource for anyone interested in and active in the field of counseling and psychotherapy. "
As a school we are using Elsie Jones-Smith’s text, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy in our Advanced Social Work Practice class. As I work through the text in order to teach, I see that the author has put many of the values I have into a teachable form. This is by far the most outstanding text I have used or read. I am most appreciative to the author for the chapter on strengths and I can only hope my students learn as much as I am.
Lee N. June. Ph. D.
"This is a well-written and comprehensive coverage of the traditional, contemporary and evolving theories of counseling and psychotherapy. It is done from an integrative, strength-based perspective, while being attentive to national, international, and diversity issues. Among its many appeals to the reader are information on the backgrounds on the theorists, the case studies, and the section that helps a person to determine one’s approach to counseling. A must read and resource for anyone interested in and active in the field of counseling and psychotherapy."
Charles Timothy (Tim) Dickel
"Realizing that counseling theory is not the easiest subject for students to grasp, nor the most fun for most students, I have searched for years for a textbook that communicates excitement for theory and also for the value of each theoretical approach for its time in the history of counseling and psychotherapy...In 2011, I found Elsie Jones-Smith’s (2011) Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: An Integrative Approach, and in using it with my students, it has really help bring counseling theories alive for my students. Jones-Smith has revised her textbook with a second edition, and I am even more excited by it than I was by the first edition. The text is both historical in helping students envision the evolution of counseling and psychotherapy, and foundational, for it grounds the reader in each of the recognized approaches to the subject matter...I believe that Jones-Smith’s (2014) Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: An Integrative Approach is the most exciting and engaging counseling theories text available today. It is comprehensive in its coverage of the theories that master’s and doctoral level counselors, psychotherapists, and clinical and counseling psychologists should know and understand. It is well written and easily read and assimilated by students. It contains the powerful and engaging tool entitled 'Theoretical Orientation Scale' by Jones-Smith that, if used at the beginning of the theories course, moves students from apprehensive to excited and eager to learn about the theoretical orientations that seem to fit them and those that seem to fit their classmates."
Elsie Jones-Smith is a Clinical Psychologist, a Licensed Psychologist, a Counselor Educator and the President of the Strengths-Based Institute, which provides consultation to schools and organizations dealing with youth experiencing challenges with violence, lack of a sense of purpose, and drug addiction. She is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in two divisions, the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Society of Ethnic Minority Issues. She holds dual PhDs - in Clinical Psychology and Counselor Education. She is the author of the recently published book Nurturing Nonviolent Children, the soon to be published, Spotlighting the Strength of Every Student and the co-author of Group Counseling: Theory and Process. She has been a professor at Temple University, Michigan State University, University of Buffalo, and Boston University. Dr. Smith has served on numerous editorial boards, including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, and Counselor Education and Supervision, the Vocational Guidance Quarterly, and she has served as the guest editor for The Counseling Psychologist and Urban Education. She is the developer of two theories in psychology: The Strengths-Based Counseling Model (which was nominated for the outstanding article of the year for 2006 for The Counseling Psychologist) and Ethnic Identity Development (which The Counseling Psychologist featured as a major contribution to psychological research in 1985). In her spare time, Dr. Smith writes poetry, and she is currently working on a novel.
1. Introduction: Journey Toward Theory Integration
Part I: The First Force in Psychotherapy: Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Theories
2. Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Theories
3. Adlerian Psychotherapy
Part II: The Second Force in Psychotherapy: Behavior and Cognitive Therapy
4. Behavior Therapy
5. Cognitive Approaches to Therapy
6. Reality/Choice Therapy
Part III: The Third Force in Psychotherapy: Existential and Humanistic Worldviews
7. Existential Therapy
8. Person-Centered Therapy: Carl Rogers
9. Gestalt Therapy: Fritz Perls
Part IV: The Fourth Force in Psychotherapy: Social Constructivism and Postmodernism
10. Multicultural Psychotherapy Theories
11. Transcultural Psychotherapy: Bridges to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East
12. Feminist Therapy and Lesbian and Gay Therapy
13. Solution-Focused Therapy
14. Narrative Therapy
15. Integrating Spiritual/Religious Issues During Psychotherapy
16. Strenghts-Based Therapy
17. Family Therapy Approaches
18. Comparing and Contrasting the Theories of Psychotherapy
19. Integrative Psychotherapy: Constructing Your Own Integrative Approach to Therapy