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Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy

A Practitioner's Approach, Fifth Edition, 5th Edition

By Thomas J. Sweeney


432 pages

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Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, now in its fifth edition, remains a classic text for students and an essential resource for practitioner's of all levels of experience. Reviewers have consistently lauded the book in previous editions for its clarity, concise focus, and use of many practical applications. It explains and illustrates individual, group, and couples work with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. It highlights Adler's and Dreikurs's unique contributions to child guidance, lifestyle assessment and early recollections, and why it has been rated the most multicultural appropriate theory among counseling approaches.

The fifth edition presents a fresh organization and an even clearer structure. A new emphasis is placed on the distinction between counseling and psychotherapy, as practiced from the Adlerian perspective. Additional chapter activities and review questions are added throughout the text, and all previous material is updated and refreshed.


"…enduring enough to be accepted as a classic that lives on in multiple editions. Thomas Sweeney provides the reader with a much-anticipated update to the previous edition of his evolving classic. True to its origin, the fifth edition of Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy stays loyal to the practitioner…an excellent text for a theories course or a stand-alone course on Adlerian counseling. Likewise, it would be a strong addition to any professional counseling library. Rudolf Dreikurs once reminded us that "Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams." Tom Sweeney's latest edition obviously exists in reality, but its distinctive quality brings this quotation to mind." - Chris Briddick, Counseling Today

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations for Understanding Human Nature. Individual Psychology: The Man, the Movement, and the Psychology of Alfred Adler. Wellness Through Social Interest: The Goal of Helping. Part II: What We Learn from Life. Life’s Rules Are for Everyone: Natural and Logical Consequences. Encouragement: The Essential Element in Helping. Part III: First vs. Second Order Change: Counseling and Psychotherapy. Life Style Assessment: Uncovering the Unconscious. Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy In Practice. Making Use of DSM for Adlerian Outcomes. Part IV: Applications of Individual Psychology. Career Style Counseling. Guiding Children Through Social Interest and Cooperation. Counseling Couples. Consulting with Families. Working with Groups. Passing on the Adlerian Legacy. Appendix A: Family Counseling. Appendix B: Family Council.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling