Thirty-Five Techniques Every Counselor Should Know / Edition 1

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Learn how to improve your understanding and implementation of key counseling techniques through this user-friendly new text. Thirty-five Counseling Techniques Every Counselor Should Know identifies techniques from diverse theoretical approaches, including: Brief Counseling , Adlerian, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Social Learning, Cognitive, Behavioral, and Cognitive-Behavioral. By exploring key counseling techniques, the theoretical basis underlying each, and common variations for implementation, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of when to use particular techniques, and how.

Unique features:

  • Transcripts offer examples of each technique, illustrating step-by-step procedures and possible client responses.
  • Relevant research accompanies each technique, and highlights which techniques are most effective in treating presenting issues and goals.
  • Multicultural implications are explored relative to each theoretical approach, providing applications for applying the approach to clients from diverse cultures.

What reviewers have to say about Thirty-five Counseling Techniques Every Counselor Should Know:

“The key strengths of the [book] are its practical nature and its detailed examples. The actual counseling transcripts are a real strength of the book; they make the descriptions of the techniques come alive, and I learned a lot from reading them.”

--Laura Choate, Louisiana State University

“The examples provided in this book help to bridge that gap between knowledge and practice in a way that very few texts do. The layout of the book is also simple, straight-forward, and very user-friendly; a perfect ‘reference’ book for beginning and seasoned counselors alike.”

--Sheri Anna Atwater, California State University, Los Angeles

“The key strength of this project is the focus on basic and specific techniques used in counseling. It is practical and immensely helpful….I also appreciate the ways the authors grounded the techniques in theory and provided diverse cases (school, college, community settings) and evaluation of the techniques.”

--Heather Trepal, University of Texas at San Antonio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131702820
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/13/2009
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 198,181
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bradley T Erford, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, is a professor in the school counseling program at Loyola University with primary teaching responsibilities in assessment, research, and lifespan development. He has held numerous professional leadership positions and published numerous books, articles and book chapters.

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Table of Contents



Section I: Techniques Based Upon Brief Counseling Approaches

Chapter 1. Scaling

Chapter 2. Exceptions

Chapter 3. Problem Free and Preferred Future Dialogue

Chapter 4. Miracle Question

Chapter 5. Flagging the Minefield

Section II: Techniques Based Upon Adlerian or Psychodynamic Approaches

Chapter 6. I-Messages

Chapter 7. Acting As If

Chapter 8. Spitting in the Soup

Chapter 9. Mutual Story-Telling

Chapter 10. Paradoxical Intention

Section III: Techniques Based Upon Gestalt Principles

Chapter 11. Empty Chair

Chapter 12. Body Movement and Exaggeration

Chapter 13. Role Reversal

Section IV: Techniques Based Upon Social Learning Approaches

Chapter 14. Modeling

Chapter 15. Behavior Rehearsal

Chapter 16. Role Play

Section V: Techniques Based Upon Cognitive Approaches

Chapter 17. Self-talk

Chapter 18. Visual / Guided Imagery

Chapter 19. Reframing

Chapter 20. Thought Stopping

Chapter 21. Cognitive Restructuring

Section VI: Techniques Based Upon Behavioral Approaches Using Positive Reinforcement

Chapter 22. Premack Principle

Chapter 23. Behavior Charts

Chapter 24. Token Economy

Chapter 25. Behavioral Contract

Section VII: Techniques Based Upon Behavioral Approaches Using Punishment

Chapter 26. Extinction

Chapter 27. Time-out

Chapter 28. Response Cost

Chapter 29. Overcorrection

Section VIII: Techniques Based Upon Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches

Chapter 30. Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Chapter 31: Bibliotherapy

Chapter 32. Deep Breathing

Chapter 33. Progressive Muscle Relaxation Training

Chapter 34. Systematic Desensitization

Chapter 35. Stress Inoculation Training

Concluding Remarks

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