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Contemporary Theory and Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Contemporary Theory and Practice in Counseling and Psychotherapy

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May 2015 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This comprehensive, topically arranged text provides a contemporary account of counseling theories as practiced by internationally acclaimed experts in the field. Each chapter covers the way mindfulness, strengths-based positive psychology, and the common factors model is integrated into the theory. A special emphasis on evidence-based practice helps readers prepare for their work in the field.

Key Features

  • The text focuses on how each theory presents a useful and effective basis for contemporary practice, providing students with the most up-to-date scholarship on current theories and how these theories guide the practice of today’s counselors and psychotherapists.
  • Chapters are written by internationally acclaimed experts offering a truly global and complete perspective of the field.
  • Discussion of the pros and cons of each theoretical approach allows students to explore all sides of an approach, offering an opportunity for balanced, critical analysis of the material. 
  • Brief therapies or “manualized” approaches, developed in response to the limits imposed by insurance companies on the number of reimbursable therapy sessions per client, are addressed, as many theoretical approaches offer strategies for providing these therapies.
  • Careful discussion in every chapter of the applicability of theories to a diverse client population allows readers to address the specific needs of a broader clientele while acknowledging gender, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, etc.
  • Integrated coverage of and a separate chapter on evidence-based practice introduce students to what is becoming the expected standard for effectively working with clients.
  • Lists of additional resources from expert contributors allow students to further explore the concepts presented.
Part I: Contemporary Theory In Its Historical and Empirical Context
Howard E. A. Tinsley, Suzanne H. Lease, Noelle S. Giffin Wiersma
Chapter 1: Introduction.
The Therapy Process  
Research on Counseling Effectiveness  
The Common Factors Model  
Who Needs A Theory  
Ethical and Legal Issues  
Britt-Marie Schiller
Chapter 2: Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and the genesis of psychotherapy
Historical Background  
Freud’s Basic Theoretical Constructs  
Jung’s Basic Theoretical Constructs  
Basic Personality Dynamics - Freud  
Jung’s Psychology of Personality Development and Personality Types  
Fundamental Principles of Treatment  
Fundamental Principles of Contemporary Treatment  
Other Resources  
Everett L. Worthington Jr., Nathaniel G. Wade, William T. Hoyt
Chapter 3: Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology
Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology: What Psychotherapists Can Learn from Research on Treatment and Psychotherapist Responsiveness  
An Evolution of Evidence-Based Practice  
Current Thoughts about Integrating Common Factors and Specific Treatments  
A Model of Treatment and Responsiveness to Treatment  
Research on client characteristics: Expectations for psychotherapy.  
Research on evidence-based relationship factors.  
The Complex Interactions among These Factors  
Status of the Field—What Is Now Needed?  
Additional Materials  
Websites listing EBPs:  
Part II: Theories Emphasizing Client Upbringing And Family History
Jon Carlson, Patricia Robey, Martha Mason
Chapter 4: Alfred Adler and individual psychology
Alfred Adler  
Basic Assumptions  
Theory of Personality  
Stages of Adlerian Counseling  
Techniques to Encourage Reorientation  
Extensions of the Theory  
Applications of Adlerian Therapy  
Limitations of Adlerian Counseling  
Additional Resources  
Anna L. Dickerman, Elizabeth L. Auchincloss
Chapter 5: Neo-Freudians and ego-analytic, object-relations, attachment, and brief psychoanalytic theory
Historical Origins of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
Principles of Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach to Understanding Psychopathology  
Goals and Procedures of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
Core Concepts in the Practice of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
Limitations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
Research and Evidence-Basis in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
Common Factors and Areas of Overlap  
Overlap Between the Psychoanalytic Model and Cognitive Science  
Cultural Factors in Psychodynamic Psychiatry  
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Atypical Treatment Settings  
Additional Materials  
Part III: Theories Focusing On Client Actions
Joseph J. Pear, Heather D. Simister
Chapter 6: B. F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, and behavioral modification
Basic Principles of Behavior  
Behavioral Techniques  
Overview of Major Behavior Therapy Approaches  
Special Behavior Therapy Techniques  
Treatment Applications to Specific Disorders  
Special Considerations in Diverse Populations  
Additional Materials  
Robert Wubbolding
Chapter 7: William Glasser and reality therapy
Overview of Reality Therapy  
Choice Theory: Human Motivation and Personality  
Reality Therapy: Applying Choice Theory  
Choice Theory/Reality Therapy and Mindfulness Interface  
Potential Criticisms Related to Reality Therapy  
Research Support for Reality Therapy  
Additional Resources  
Sheila Crowell, Kendrick Rith
Chapter 8: Marsha Linehan and dialectical behavior therapy
Biosocial Theory  
Assumptions of DBT  
Functions and Modes of Treatment  
Treatment Targets  
Stages of Therapy  
Dialectics and Dialectical Dilemmas  
Mechanisms of Change  
DBT and Mindfulness  
Empirical Evidence for DBT  
Common Factors in DBT  
DBT and Positive Psychology  
Additional Materials  
Part IV: Theories Focusing On Client Thoughts
Catharine MacLaren, Kristene A. Doyle, Raymond DiGiuseppe
Chapter 9: Albert Ellis and rational-emotive behavior therapy
Core Theory of REBT  
REBT Therapeutic Process  
Research and Evidence-Basis in REBT  
Common Factors and REBT  
Cultural Factors in REBT  
Specialized Applications of REBT  
Brian Johnson
Chapter 10: Aaron Beck, Donald Meichenbaum and cognitive behavioral therapy
Origins and Development of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  
Core Theoretical Assumptions and Key Concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  
Common Cognitive Behavioral Techniques  
Empirical Support for CBT  
Contemporary Applications  
Additional Resources  
Part V: Theories Focusing On Client Emotions
David Murphy, Catherine Hayes
Chapter 11: Carl Rogers and client-centered counseling
Core Theoretical Assumptions of Person-Centered Theory  
Theory of Personality Development and Change  
The Practice of Person-Centered Therapy  
Empirical Evidence Evaluating Client-Centered Therapy  
Extensions of Person-Centered Theory  
Application of Person-Centered Theory to Common Factors, Positive Psychology, and Diversity  
Additional Resources  
Stephen Diamond
Chapter 12: Rollo May, Irvin Yalom and existential therapy
Core Philosophical and Theoretical Concepts  
Existential Technique: To Do or to Be?  
Psychiatric Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology: A Modern Existential Dilemma  
Clinical Applications of Contemporary Existential Therapy  
Empirical Support for Contemporary Existential Psychotherapy  
Confronting Psychotherapy's Current Existential Crisis  
Summary and Conclusion  
Additional Materials  
Sara Bridges
Chapter 13: Bruce Ecker, Laurel Hulley, and coherence therapy
Main Concepts and Methodology  
Guiding Principles  
Coherence Therapy Process and Effective Techniques  
Mechanisms of Change  
Empirical Evidence and Efficacy  
Theoretical Extensions  
Managed Care  
Additional Resources  
Scott Meier
Chapter 14: Michael White and narrative therapy
Theoretical Aspects of Narrative Approaches  
Process and Technique in Narrative Approaches  
Potential Outcomes in Narrative Approaches  
Additional Resources  
Part VI: Integration of Counseling and Psychotherapy Theory
Philip Brownell
Chapter 15: Contemporary Gestalt Therapy: An Early Case of Theoretical Integration come of age
The Early Integration of Classical Gestalt Therapy  
Theoretical Core for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy  
Gestalt’s Evidence Base  
Gestalt Therapy and Contemporary Issues in Psychotherapy  
Suggestions for Further Study  
Jeff Harris
Chapter 16: John Norcross and integrative theories of counseling
Integrative Theories of Psychotherapy: The Core Theory  
Techniques Advocated by Integrative Psychotherapy  
Extensions of Integrative Psychotherapy  
Applications of Integrative Psychotherapy  
Additional Resources  
Noelle Wiersma, Howard Tinsley, Suzanne Lease
Chapter 17: Developing your personal theoretical orientation


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Chapter summaries from the book emphasize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Additional resources from the book are included by chapter.
  • An Instructor’s Manual collates resources chapter-by-chapter for use in teaching your course.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • A scales and exercises page provides access to the scales, exercises and assessments from the book, which can be downloaded and edited in Microsoft® Word®.
  • Each chapter includes web resources covering important topics and designed to supplement key points within the text.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • Additional resources from the book are included by chapter-by-chapter.

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