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1st Edition

Metaphors in Counselor Education and Supervision

ISBN 9781032050515
Published December 10, 2021 by Routledge
256 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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