1st Edition

Metaphors in Counselor Education and Supervision

Edited By Sarah E. Stewart-Spencer, Christian J. Dean Copyright 2022
    256 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Metaphors in Counselor Education and Supervision provides counselor educators and supervisors with creative applications of metaphors to help students and supervisees who struggle with abstract clinical concepts or foundational clinical skills.

    This teaching and supervision guide provides a variety of metaphors to clarify different areas of counselor education and supervision, including but not limited to case conceptualization, self-care, the counseling process, countertransference, suicide assessments, and advocacy. Each metaphor is accompanied by ethical and cultural considerations, group supervision modifications, and alternative uses to help emphasize diversity and ethics.

    This book will prepare supervisees and students with unique methods for teaching and understanding counseling concepts and skills and supply professional counselors with creative and different perspectives to use in practice.

    Part I

    Introduction: Using Metaphors as Tools

    Stephanie L. Brooke and Jacqueline Baer

    Part II: Metaphors

    Chapter 1: Do You Treat Your Clients Like Fine China?

    Ryan Holliman

    Chapter 2: The Theatre: Using Empathy for Meaning

    J. Justin Cook

    Chapter 3: Employing Counselors as Personal Trainers to Evoke Significant Life Changes

    Rebekah Reysen

    Chapter 4: Keep Your Eyes on the Road

    Sheri Pickover

    Chapter 5: The Elephant Hunter

    Christian J. Dean

    Chapter 6: A Jigsaw Puzzle as a Metaphor for Crisis Response

    Courtney M. Holmes

    Chapter 7: The Circus

    Linda M. Beeler

    Chapter 8: The Car Mechanic

    Christian J. Dean

    Chapter 9: The Mine of the Mind

    Lori Ellison

    Chapter 10: Assimilative Integration: Selecting from One’s Theoretical Spice Cabinet

    Jessica Z. Taylor

    Chapter 11: The Flip Book: A Metaphor for Change

    Christine McNichols

    Chapter 12: Roots Not Leaves: Navigating Clinical Focus and Treatment Planning

    Sarah E. Stewart-Spencer

    Chapter 13: Ocean of Emotion: Exploring the Therapist Role and Countertransference

    Sarah E. Stewart-Spencer

    Chapter 14: Massaging the Tension: The Balance Between Balancing and Pushing Through Tension

    Christian D. Chan and Brian A. Kooyman

    Chapter 15: Magic Mirror on the Wall: Counseling Self-Reflection as an Ethical Obligation

    Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli

    Chapter 16: Counseling Substance Abuse: Ghostbusting Hungry Ghosts

    Justin G. Jacques

    Chapter 17: Undercurrents and Riptides: Addressing End of Life Issues

    Andy Brown and Susan J. Foster

    Chapter 18: Band of Counselors: Winning the Battle of Turning Raw Recruits into Skilled Counselors

    Candace Marie McLain-Tait, Joelle Paris France Lewis, and Kelly Dunbar Davison

    Chapter 19: Internship is a Circus!

    Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett and Melissa Shiplett-Jupe

    Chapter 20: The Coach and the Quarterback in the Therapeutic Relationship

    Patricia A. Robey and Victoria A. Harris

    Chapter 21: Counselor as Advocate: Getting in the Arena

    Staci L. Born and Jennifer K. Londgren

    Chapter 22: Channeling Your Inner Beyoncé: A Guide to Enhancing Self-Efficacy for Beginning Counselors

    Dr. Rebekah Reysen

    Chapter 23: Connect Through the Door of Your Competency, Not the Window of Your Pain

    Katie Miley and Sarah E. Stewart-Spencer

    Chapter 24: Self-Care: Staying off the Island

    Stephen B. Fortson and Leslie Neyland-Brown

    Chapter 25: Strikes, Spares, and Self-Care

    Victoria Berenato and Diana L. Wildermuth



    Sarah E. Stewart-Spencer, PhD, is a licensed and certified mental health counselor who specializes in trauma, emergency, and crisis response.

    Christian J. Dean, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S, NCC, is a clinical faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program at Southern New Hampshire University.

    "This book is magic! Its focus on the use of metaphors in supervision and education is important and engaging. Ample examples of metaphors that can be used with trainees abound and are sure to freshen up even the most seasoned supervisors' professional toolkit." —Victoria Kress, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, CCMH, director of the clinical mental health and addictions counseling programs at Youngstown State University

    "Metaphors in Counselor Education and Supervision is the very best book of its kind for supervisors, clinicians, and educators. The compilation of unique metaphors provides a roadmap to negotiate a variety of therapeutic concepts for students as well as new and seasoned clinicians. This book is an important and well-written resource for mental health professionals worldwide." —Michael Dubi, EdD, LMHC, NCC, president of The International Trauma Training Institute