This is a useful book with carefully condensed material that will be useful to beginning counselors and other helping professionals. It takes a large and complex literature base and shakes it down to some core useful concepts that will whet the beginning student's appetite."
Rita Sommers-Flanagan, PhD Professor/Chair, Department of Counselor Education
, University of Montana
Narrative and language-based therapies help clients to see their presenting problems as separate from themselves through the assumption that they have many skills and competencies that will enable them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives. This highly accessible, step-by-step guide to incorporating principles of narrative and language-based approaches to therapy into practice demystifies these techniques for therapists and counselors in training. Illustrated with concrete examples and findings from empirical research, the text helps readers to understand the importance of language and narrative in the therapeutic alliance and to apply language- and narrative-based principles in counseling and psychotherapy.
In a concise, straightforward format designed to facilitate student learning, each chapter describes a set of related principles and practices that encompasses counselor/student dialogues, in-depth discussion of each principle, the empirical bases for these principles and practices, and student assignments that foster additional learning. The book also discusses the theoretical and philosophical foundation of narrative therapies including developments in emotion science and word use research and their translation to counseling practice.
- Provides step-by-step techniques for putting the principles of narrative and language-based therapies into practice
- Demystifies narrative and language-based approaches to therapy for therapists and counselors in training Presents concepts in the format of essential guidelines, building from basic ideas to more complex and advanced principles
- Includes empirical research to demonstrate validity of the principles of narrative and language-based therapies
- Contains counselor/student dialogues and assignments to foster additional learning
|Publisher:||Springer Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Scott T. Meier, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo. He is a licensed psychologist whose major research and teaching areas focus on psychological measurement (particularly outcome assessment), research methods (particularly program evaluation), and counseling skills (particularly the integration of case conceptualization and assessment with intervention). He is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Meier is the author or co-author of 5 books, including Measuring Change in Counseling and Psychotherapy and the best-selling textbook Elements of Counseling. He has published in the American Psychologist, Canadian Journal of School Psychology, Journal of Counseling Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, and the American Journal of Evaluation.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction and Foundations 1
2 Affective Elements of Narratives 13
3 Cognitive Elements of Narratives 35
4 Behavioral Elements of Narratives 57
5 Obstacles to Therapeutic Progress 77
6 Assessment 105
7 Future Directions, Briefly 127
Subject Index 167
Dialogues Index 171
Client Themes Index 176
Therapist Responses Index 178