Beyond Brief Counseling and Therapy: An Integrative Approach (2e) : 9780132300926

Beyond Brief Counseling and Therapy: An Integrative Approach (2e)

Presbury & Echterling
Published by
Pearson Higher Ed USA
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This practical text fully integrates theory and technique of brief counseling while presenting the relationship as the key to any successful intervention. All chapters include ideas and tools for brief counseling and case studies that take the reader step-by-step through the techniques of the first session and beyond. The text is written to engage readers and invite them to participate in both self-exploration and discovery.

Table of contents
  • 1.     Foundations of Brief Counseling: The Fly Bottle 
  • 2.     The Centrality of the Counseling Relationship: No Magic Tricks
  • 3.     Empathy and Caring
  • 4.     Helping Clients Frame Goals: The Pull of the Future
  • 5.     Facilitating and Perturbing Change: Counseling and Chaos
  • 6.     Constructivist Counseling: Invented and Imposed Realities 
  • 7.     Narrative Counseling: Clients' Lives as Stories
  • 8.     Meaningful Stories, Meaningful Lives
  • 9.     Brains, Emotions, Thoughts, and Counseling: Cool Reason and Hot-Wiring
  • 10.    Counseling People in Crisis: Promoting Resilience and Resolution
  • 11.    The Reflecting Team, Consulting Break, and Offering Suggestions
  • 12.    The “Brief Attitudes" and Consolidating Change
  • 13.    Humanistic Counseling and Working With Involuntary Clients
  • 14.    Other Brief Approaches and Theory as a Tool

Features & benefits
  • Case narratives–Explores stories from the authors' personal and professional experiences in each chapter.
    • Refers to the story again and again in order to provide readers with a deeper understanding of the ideas portrayed and to teach them how to practice the tools of brief counseling.

  • Experiencing Ideas feature boxes–Include activities that involve the reader in using an idea in several possible ways.
    • Offers a richer understanding of the case studies; expands each reader's self-awareness; increases reader insight into the change process.

  • Listening in on sessions.
    • Offers readers the opportunity to see how a brief counselor can work with clients whose stories are presented at the beginning of the chapters and invites readers to review the process, to reflect on dynamics, and to propose their own interventions.

  • Reflecting questions.
    • Invites readers to explore their thoughts and reactions regarding the chapter story and other activities.

  • The Segue activity–Appears at the conclusion of each chapter and prepares readers for the concepts and techniques they will encounter in the next chapter.
  • Activities–Includes structured activities such as designing intervention strategies and practicing techniques with others.
    • Encourages readers to practice skills and then discuss the activity. This will build confidence in the use of the techniques.

  • Transtheoretical perspectives.
    • Blends Narrative, Solution Focused, Adlerian, Constructivism, and Rogerian theories in order to prepare readers to approach the material without having to disown their previous theoretical viewpoint.