Synopses & Reviews
This is the first book to fully explore a collaborative, competency-based orientation to counseling and psychotherapy. Based on 40 years of outcome research examining what works in therapy, mental health professionals are introduced to numerous ways of collaborating with clients from assessment through intervention and termination. Throughout the book, ideas are offered to illustrate how mental health professionals can promote the therapeutic relationship and facilitate positive change through respectful and effective practices. This book introduces readers to the importance of language in both the construction of problems and solutions. Readers are offered multiple ways of using language as a vehicle for promoting change. While new ideas are offered, the book also honors traditional theoretical underpinnings while challenging readers to work collaboratively with clients to find out what works for them. For counseling students, practicing counselors, social workers, etc. This book offers the new clinician and the seasoned one a perspective that honors the contributions of clients and clinicians alike while working toward the achievement of realistic and attainable outcomes.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Evolution of Collaborative, Compentency-Based Therapies and “The Third Wave”.
I. CREATING A CONTEXT FOR CHANGE THROUGH COLLABORATION. 1. Foundations of a Collaborative, Compentency-Based Approach to Counseling and Psychotherapy.
2. Creating Collaborative Relationships Through Attending, Listening and Language.
II. CLARIFYING CONCERNS AND COMPLAINTS, GOALS, AND PREFERRED OUTCOMES. 3. Creating Change Through Collaborative, Compentency-Based Conversations.
4. Creating and Clarifying Preferences, Goals, and Preferred Outcomes.
III. CREATING CHANGE IN THE REALMS OF VIEWING, ACTION, AND CONTEXT. 5. Changing the Viewing of Problems.
6. Changing the Doing of Problems.
7. Changing Contextual Propensities Associated with Problems.
IV. EVALUATING PROGRESS, PLANNING NEXT STEPS, AND ENDING THERAPY. 8. Identifying, Amplifying, and Extending Change in Future Sessions.
9. Planning for the End from the Beginning.
Epilogue: Toward a Personalized Theory of Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Appendix I. Process and Outcome Measures.
Appendix II. Collaborative, Competency-Based Bibliography.