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40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know, 2nd Edition

By Bradley T. Erford

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 20, 2014


User friendly, concise, and thorough, Bradley Erford’s 40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know gives students a succinct look at the theoretical basis underlying each of 40 counseling techniques, and the common variations that can be used to ensure their successful implementation. The book identifies techniques from diverse theoretical approaches, including: Brief Counseling; Adlerian or Psychodynamic, Gestalt; Mindfulness; humanistic-phenomenological; Social Learning; Cognitive; Behavioral; and Cognitive-behavioral. Transcripts and descriptions show step-by-step how to implement the techniques, outcome research on each technique helps in determining which techniques are best for use with various populations, and multicultural implications help readers learn more about applying each technique and approach to counseling clients from diverse cultures. Added to this new edition are: new chapters on Journaling, Miller and Rollnick’s motivational interviewing, self-disclosure, empathic confrontation, and strength bombardment; new sections on mindfulness-based procedures and humanistic-phenomenological approach to counseling; a number of new, edited, or expanded transcripts; and; thorough updating of sources throughout.

Table of Contents

Brief Table of Contents

Section 1  Techniques Based on Solution-Focused Brief Counseling Approaches

Chapter 1: Scaling

Chapter 2: Exceptions
Chapter 3: Problem-Free Talk
Chapter 4: Miracle Question
Chapter 5: Flagging the Minefield

Section 2  Techniques Based Upon Adlerian or Psychodynamic Approaches

Chapter 6: I-Messages

Chapter 7: Acting As If
Chapter 8: Spitting in the Soup

Chapter 9: The Mutual Storytelling

Chapter 10: Paradoxical Intention

Section 3  Techniques Based on Gestalt and Psychodrama Principles

Chapter 11: Empty Chair

Chapter 12: Body Movement and Exaggeration  Chapter 13: Role Reversal  


Section 4  Techniques Based on Mindfulness Approaches 

Chapter 14: Visual/Guided Imagery  

Chapter 15: Deep Breathing  

Chapter 16: Progressive Muscle Relaxation Training (PMRT)  


Section 5  Techniques Based on Humanistic-Phenomenological Approaches

Chapter 17: Self-Disclosure  

Chapter 18: Challenging/Confrontation  

Chapter 19: Motivational Interviewing  

Chapter 20: Strength Bombardment  


Section 6  Techniques Based on Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches

Chapter 21: Self-Talk  

Chapter 22: Reframing  

Chapter 23: Thought Stopping  

Chapter 24: Cognitive Restructuring 

Chapter 25: Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT): The ABCDEF Model and Rational Emotive Imagery  

Chapter 26: Bibliotherapy  

Chapter 27: Journaling  

Chapter 28: Systematic Desensitization  

Chapter 29: Stress Inoculation Training  

Section 7  Techniques Based on Social Learning Approaches

Chapter 30: Modeling

Chapter 31: Behavioral Rehearsal
Chapter 32: Role Play

Section 8  Techniques Based on Behavioral Approaches Using Positive Reinforcement 

Chapter 33: Premack Principle

Chapter 34: Behavior Chart

Chapter 35: Token Economy

Chapter 36: Behavioral Contract

Section 9  Techniques Based on Behavioral Approaches Using Punishment 

Chapter 37: Extinction

Chapter 38: Time Out
Chapter 39: Response Cost

Chapter 40: Overcorrection

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ISBN-10: 0-13-357174-2

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-357174-5

Format: Book

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