Developing Your Theoretical Orientation in Counseling and Psychotherapy : A Handbook for Helping Professionals

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-08
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Developing Your Theoretical Orientation in Counseling and Psychotherapy provides therapists-in-training with tools, strategies, and activities to formulate their response to the age-old question, "What's your theoretical orientation?" The underpinnings of counseling and psychotherapy are based in its theoretical foundation. This text gives students the understanding and the tools to develop a theoretical orientation throughout their training program.

The innovative Second Edition incorporates cultural competencies and alternatives views of theoretical orientation, such as strategic eclecticism, as well as provides a greater focus on constructivist and family theories.

New to This Edition

-NEW! A primer of major family theories to provide students with a great summary for those who have already had theories, or as reminder for those later in their development as counselors (Ch. 4).

-NEW! Clinical examples help makes the process of finding a theory pragmatic (Ch. 5).

-NEW! Case studies for supervisors working with those with unique theoretical orientations (Ch. 5).

-NEW! Provides a rational for theoretical orientation and compares this to eclectic and empirically validated therapies, offering strong support for the foundation of having a theory of counseling (Chs. 1 & 2).

"I like the simplistic stance this book uses to guide and facilitate what all counselors find hard to do...that is, to develop their theoretical orientation. Whether novice or amateur, this book offers the helping professional a step-by-step process to articulate this process." -Joy J. Burnham, University of Alabama

"I see the basic strength of the book being the opportunity and structure it provides students to examine the philosophical and personal factors that might influence their choice of a theoretical approach." -James Archer, Jr., University of Florida

"The text offers a clear and concise guide for students to assist them in moving toward actively utilizing theory in their practice" -Valerie G. Balog, Univesity of North Carolina at Charlotte

"I think this is a good supplemental text to the comprehensive overview of theories types that are currently available. I also think there is a market for this as a supplemental text in a clinical course (practicum, for example)." -Heather Trepal, University of Texas at San Antonio

Author Biography

Duane’s research interests include school counseling, philosophical counseling, and technology in counseling. Kimberly’s research includes diversity competences for helping professions and the medical fields. They recently co-authored Essentials of Cultural Competencies in Pharmacy Practice with the American Pharmacists Association. They have both been active Counselor Educators and worked in private practice.

Table of Contents

Why Theoretical Orientation Is Importantp. 1
A Personal Experiencep. 1
The Big Puzzlep. 2
What is Theoretical Orientation?p. 3
The Helper's Tool Beltp. 3
What Can A Theoretical Orientation Do For Me?p. 4
How Have Others Picked A Theoretical Orientation?p. 5
What If I'm Eclectic?p. 6
Guidance From The Dodo Bird Effect: Do They All Work?p. 7
Once I Have It, How Can I Use It?p. 8
How Are Theoretical Orientation And Ethics Related?p. 8
The Main Pointsp. 9
Reflection Questionsp. 9
Incorporating Theory Into Practicep. 11
Making Theory Useful: A Modelp. 11
Theory Developmentp. 12
Importance of Your Life Philosophyp. 13
Schools of Thoughtp. 14
Theoriesp. 15
Goals And Techniques: Interventions At Workp. 16
Counselors Are Diversep. 17
Resistance To Theories: Eclectic, Integrated, Or Just Don't Knowp. 18
Does It Really Work?p. 20
What To Take Homep. 21
Reflection Questionsp. 22
Top 10 Ways to Find Your Theoretical Orientationp. 23
Find Yourselfp. 24
Articulate Your Valuesp. 24
Survey Your Preferences With The Selective Theory Sorterp. 26
Use Your Personalityp. 26
Taking the MBTIp. 33
Capture Yourselfp. 33
Let Others Inspire You In Your Learningp. 34
Read Original Worksp. 34
Get Realp. 34
Study With a Masterp. 35
Broaden Your Experincesp. 36
Top 10 WRAP-UPp. 36
Reflection Questionsp. 37
Suggested Readings and Webpagesp. 37
Six Schools of Thought and Their Theories of Helpingp. 43
Psychodynamic School Of Thoughtp. 47
Psychoanalytic Theoryp. 47
Analytical Theoryp. 51
Individual Psychologyp. 54
Behavioral School Of Thoughtp. 56
Behavioral Therapyp. 57
Humanistic School Of Thoughtp. 60
Person-Centeredp. 60
Existentialp. 62
Gestaltp. 65
Pragmatic School of Thoughtp. 67
Cognitive Behavioralp. 68
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapyp. 69
Reality Therapyp. 71
Constructivist School Of Thoughtp. 73
Multicultural Counseling and Therapyp. 73
Feminist Therapyp. 75
Narrative Therapyp. 77
Solution-Focused Brief Therapyp. 80
Family School Of Thoughtp. 81
Bowen Family Systems Therapyp. 82
Strategic Family Therapyp. 83
Structural Family Therapyp. 84
Summaryp. 87
Reflection Questionsp. 87
Case Examples for Integrating Theory into Practicep. 89
Clinician Case Studiesp. 89
Evanp. 90
Jillp. 92
Garrettp. 93
Ryanp. 96
Comment on the Casesp. 96
Client Case Studiesp. 97
Tonyp. 97
Nancyp. 98
Brendap. 98
Supervisory Case Studiesp. 99
Gracep. 99
Caseyp. 100
Dominicp. 100
Summary of Casesp. 101
Putting It All Togetherp. 101
Importance Revisitedp. 101
How Theory Is Foundp. 102
Empirically Validated Treatmentsp. 102
Benefit of the ITS Modelp. 103
The Fieldp. 103
Referencesp. 105
Indexp. 111
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