3rd Edition

Counseling Techniques
Improving Relationships with Others, Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Environment

ISBN 9780415704939
Published September 24, 2015 by Routledge
368 Pages

USD $89.95

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Book Description

The third edition of Counseling Techniques follows in its predecessors’ steps, presenting the art and science of counseling in a clear and common-sense manner that makes it accessible for counseling students and seasoned practitioners alike. New to this edition are chapters on play therapy and a host of other updates that illustrate ways to use different techniques in different situations. Counseling Techniques stresses the need to recognize and treat the client within the context of culture, ethnicity, interpersonal resources, and systemic support, and it shows students how to meet these needs using more than five hundred treatment techniques, each of which is accompanied by step-by-step procedures and evaluation methods.

Table of Contents

1. Professionalism in Counseling and Psychotherapy  2. Client-Therapist Relationships: Counseling Intentions, Interventions, and Therapeutic Factors  3. Eclectic Techniques for Group Therapy  4. Classic Gestalt Techniques  5. Therapeutic Expressive Techniques: Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Phototherapy, Drama Therapy, and Music Therapy  6. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Counseling  7. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Reality Therapy  8. Classic Behavioral Techniques  9. Person-Centered Techniques and Psychoeducational Counseling Approaches  10. Improving Relationships with Our Environments: Conflict Resolution and Stress Management Techniques  11. Trauma, Loss, Grief, and Post-Traumatic Stress Debriefing Strategies  12. Psychodynamic Techniques  13. Eclectic Techniques for Use with Family Systems and Family Development  14. Play Therapy Techniques for Children and Adolescents

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Rosemary A. Thompson, EdD, LPC, NCC, NCSC, has over 25 years of experience in public schools as a school counselor and administrator working with children, adolescents, and families. She taught concurrently in the department of counseling and human services at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and was an associate professor in the school of psychology and counseling at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is currently in private practice with Phoenix Mental Health Services, LLC, in Virginia Beach.

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"Rosemary Thompson has updated her classic Counseling Techniques, providing a clear and articulate guide to working with clients in a holistic, systems, client-center manner. Grounded in solid psychological theory and bridging context, ethics, and integrative modalities, she provides a wide range of evidence-based, best-practice tools. Each chapter is summarized with a counseling intention, providing cross-cultural competencies and affirmative, effective, meaningful, and purposeful techniques for students, families and educational administrators."

—Kirwan Rockefeller, PhD, author of Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt and faculty at Saybrook University

"Rosemary Thompson provides a wide array of counseling techniques in this third edition. The chapters present techniques associated with counseling theories; techniques for specific conditions such as conflict, trauma, and grief; a collection of eclectic techniques for groups and family counseling; and chapters on expressive and play therapies. She is careful to provide guidelines for the use of these techniques and the literature related to them. Readers will find thoroughly described techniques that will further the client’s growth, development and understanding."

—Nina W. Brown, professor and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University and author of Psychoeducational Groups