40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know eBook, 3rd Edition

Bradley T. Erford

40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know eBook, 3rd Edition

By Bradley T. Erford
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Concise, yet thorough, 45 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know is designed to prepare students to enter their field with sound ideas for applying theory-based techniques to their counselling. Coverage of each technique starts with the presentation of the theoretical origins, then provides a step-by-step guide to implementation, and culminates with opportunities for application. Transcriptions, case examples, multicultural implications, and outcomes-based research demonstrate real-life application of how the techniques can be used in counselling practice. This indispensable resource provides hands-on help for working with clients from all backgrounds to create positive changes in their lives and meet their counselling goals.

  • Forty-five counselling techniques introduce students to numerous techniques from various theoretical approaches with multiple applications.
  • New chapters in this edition give readers the latest information on important new and emerging issues and techniques. New chapters cover: Mindfulness Meditation (Ch. 17) Assigning Homework (Ch. 29) Narrative Theory (Ch. 43) Strengths-Based Counseling (Ch. 44) Client Advocacy (Ch. 45)
  • A new section covers techniques that can help clients reach counselling goals outside of the counselling session. The techniques come from diverse theoretical approaches, including: Brief Counseling; Adlerian or Psychodynamic, Gestalt; Mindfulness; humanistic-phenomenological; Social Learning; Cognitive; Behavioral; and Cognitive-behavioural.
  • Transcripts, case examples, and descriptions of step-by-step implementations of techniques help students bridge theory to practice by providing actual demonstrations of each technique with clients and familiarising students with possible client responses.
  • The 3rd Edition includes 5 new case studies throughout the chapters.
  • Application Questions at the end of each chapter prompt students to apply the chapter techniques to the 5 brief case studies provided in the Introduction or to one of their own clients.
  • Evidence-based outcome research on each technique helps counsellors determine which techniques are best with which populations depending on specific variables and goals.
  • Origins and often-used variations of each technique familiarise counsellors with the theoretical basis underlying each technique and the common variations for implementation.
  • Multicultural implications are explored to help readers learn more about applying each technique and approach to counselling clients from diverse cultures.
Table of contents
  • Section 1: Techniques Based on Solution-Focused Brief Counseling Approaches 
  • 1. Scaling 
  • 2. Exceptions 
  • 3. Problem-Free Talk 
  • 4. Miracle Question 
  • 5. Flagging the Minefield 
  • Section 2: Techniques Based on Adlerian or Psychodynamic Approaches 
  • 6. I-Messages 
  • 7. Acting As If 
  • 8. Spitting in the Soup 
  • 9. Mutual Storytelling 
  • 10. Paradoxical Intention 
  • Section 3: Techniques Based on Gestalt and Psychodrama Principles 
  • 11. Empty Chair 
  • 12. Body Movement and Exaggeration 
  • 13. Role Reversal 
  • Section 4: Techniques Based on Mindfulness Approaches 
  • 14. Visual/Guided Imagery 
  • 15. Deep Breathing 
  • 16. Progressive Muscle Relaxation Training (PMRT) 
  • 17. Mindfulness Meditation
  • Section 5: Techniques Based on Humanistic-Phenomenological Approaches 
  • 18. Self-Disclosure 
  • 19. Confrontation 
  • 20. Motivational Interviewing 
  • 21. Strength Bombardment 
  • Section 6: Techniques Based on Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches 
  • 22. Self-Talk 
  • 23. Reframing 
  • 24. Thought Stopping 
  • 25. Cognitive Restructuring 
  • 26. Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT): The ABCDEF Model and Rational-Emotive Imagery 
  • 27. Systematic Desensitization 
  • 28. Stress Inoculation Training 
  • Section 7: Techniques for Use Within and Between Sessions
  • 29. Assigning Homework 
  • 30. Bibliotherapy 
  • 31. Journaling 
  • Section 8: Techniques Based on Social Learning Approaches 
  • 32. Modeling 
  • 33. Behavioral Rehearsal 
  • 34. Role Play 
  • Section 9: Techniques Based on Behavioral Approaches Using Positive Reinforcement 
  • 35. Premack Principle 
  • 36. Behavior Chart 
  • 37. Token Economy 
  • 38. Behavioral Contract 
  • Section 10: Techniques Based on Behavioral Approaches Using Punishment 
  • 39. Extinction 
  • 40. Time Out 
  • 41. Response Cost 
  • 42. Overcorrection 
  • Section 11: Techniques Based on Emerging Approaches 
  • 43. Narrative Therapy 
  • 44. Strengths-based Approach
  • 45. Client Advocacy