Thinking and Acting Like a Cognitive School Counselor
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Thinking and Acting Like a Cognitive School Counselor

by Richard D. Parsons
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412966493

ISBN-13: 9781412966498

Pub. Date: 06/17/2009

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Discover How to Help Students Change Negative Thinking by Employing a Cognitive Model!

How people think affects how they behave. Because of this fundamental connection, cognitive therapy can produce rapid and effective treatment results. In this concise how-to guide, Richard D. Parsons presents theory, analysis, and practical suggestions to support a cognitive

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Discover How to Help Students Change Negative Thinking by Employing a Cognitive Model!

How people think affects how they behave. Because of this fundamental connection, cognitive therapy can produce rapid and effective treatment results. In this concise how-to guide, Richard D. Parsons presents theory, analysis, and practical suggestions to support a cognitive counseling framework and shows school counselors how to use that framework when working with students.

This book offers clear strategies for helping new and experienced counselors understand how thoughts connect to feelings and how to discern functional from dysfunctional thinking. To assist readers in developing their skills as cognitive school counselors, the author provides

A reflective, meaning-making model as a basis for effective school counseling

An introduction to the fundamental principles of cognitive counseling

Clinical illustrations of intervention strategies targeting dysfunctional cognition

In-depth, verbatim case studies and guided practice exercises

Like Parsons' companion books on behavioral, eclectic, and solution-focused counseling, Thinking and Acting Like a Cognitive School Counselor shows how new and even experienced counselors can put different therapies to practical use and move confidently from "knowing" to "doing."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412966498
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
06/17/2009
Series:
Thinking and Acting Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

Introduction to Book Series: Transforming Theory Into Practice 1

Part I Using a Cognitive Orientation to Guide Reflection 3

1 The School Counselor as Reflective Practitioner 5

Counselors in Search of Meaning 5

Counselors Reflections Guiding Practice Decisions 6

Orienting Frameworks Guiding Reflection 8

The Cognitive Theory: A Valuable Orienting Framework 10

Summary 11

2 The Fundamental Principles of Cognitive Therapy 13

Fundamental Principles and Operational Assumptions 13

Cognitive Therapy for School-Aged Children 20

Summary 21

Part II Targets and Techniques of Cognitive Counseling 23

3 Helping the Student to Understand and Embrace the Thought-Feeling Connection 25

Cognitions as Mediators of Feelings and Actions 26

An Idea Difficult to Embrace 27

Promoting Understanding of the Role and Importance of Cognition 29

From Theory to Personal Application 37

Automatic Thoughts 42

Schema and Fundamental Beliefs 45

Adapting a Cognitive Approach for Younger Students 46

What's Next? 49

Summary 49

4 Identifying Cognitive Distortions 51

A Process Requiring Sensitivity 52

Irrational Beliefs 54

Cognitive Distortions 57

Identifying Personal Distortions 61

Working With Younger Students 64

Summary 65

5 Reformulating Dysfunctional Thoughts 67

"Just Think Nice Thoughts" 68

Looking for the Evidence 72

Mini-Experiments 77

Acting "As If" 83

From a Counseling Technique to a Life Approach 84

Considerations for Younger Students 85

What's Next? 87

Summary 87

Additional Resources for Working With Younger Students 88

Part III From the Eyes of the Cognitive-Oriented Expert91

6 School Counselors Reflecting "in" and "on" Practice 93

Case 1 Priscilla 94

Case 2 Natalie 110

Final Thoughts 122

7 Practice in Procedural Thinking 123

Randall: The Sixth-Grade Bully 124

Epilogue: A Beginning ... Not an End 157

Resource: Ethical Standards for School Counselors 158

References 171

Index 173

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