Core Competencies in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Becoming a Highly Competent and Effective Therapist, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Core Competencies in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Becoming a Highly Competent and Effective Therapist, 1st Edition

By Len Sperry


298 pages

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Core Competencies in Counseling and Psychotherapy addresses the core competencies common to the effective practice of all psychotherapeutic approaches and includes specific intervention competencies of the three major orientations. The book provides a research-based framework to aid clinicians in applying these competencies in their own practice. It begins by identifying and describing the core competencies and skills of expert therapists, then elaborates six core competencies and related supporting competencies and skill-sets. Instead of a review of psychotherapy theory and research or a cookbook of methods and techniques, Core Competencies in Counseling and Psychotherapy is a highly readable and easily accessible book that can enhance the knowledge and skill base of clinicians – both novice and experienced – in all the mental health specialties.


"Sperry is an experienced practitioner and educator in the field of psychotherapy and an engaging and effective communicator - in this book he weaves empirical research, theory and clinical examples in a personal and friendly style to help us think about our competency. The title of the book is an ambitious one, but Sperry goes a long way towards helping us all strive to become an 'expert or master therapist'." - Carol Lucas in The Transactional Analyst, Summer 2011

Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Competency in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Competency 1: Establishing a Treatment Frame. Competency 2: Establishing a Therapeutic Relationship. Competency 3: Conceptualizing and Planning and Treatment. Competency 4: Implementing Treatment and Change. Competency 5: Maintaining a Therapeutic Relationship. Competency 6: Maintaining Treatment Gains and Terminating Treatment. Beyond Competency: Becoming and Being a Master Therapist. Index.

About the Author

Len Sperry, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Counseling at Florida Atlantic University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board certified in both psychiatry and clinical psychology, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and has published more than 350 articles and chapters and some 50 professional books.

About the Series

Core Competencies in Psychotherapy Series

Competency represents a paradigm shift in the training and practice of psychotherapy that is already challenging much of what is familiar and comfortable.

This series addresses the core competencies common to highly effective psychotherapeutic practice, and includes individual volumes for the most commonly practiced approaches today: cognitive behavior, brief dynamic, and solution-focused therapies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General