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Person-Centered Approaches for Counselors

Person-Centered Approaches for Counselors

February 2015 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Integrating common factors research and practice, Person-Centered Approaches for Counselors highlights the deep social justice roots of the approaches and shows counselors in training and experienced therapists how to integrate person-centered process and outcome measures to improve therapy outcomes. For each of the person-centered approaches covered (including classical, focusing, emotion-focused, intersubjective, and interdisciplinary orientations) this accessible book covers historical development, theory, process, evaluation, and application.

Person-Centered Approaches for Counselors is part of the SAGE Theories for Counselors Series that includes Psychoanalytic Approaches for Counselors by Frederick Redekop and Cognitive Behavioral Approaches for Counselors by Diane Shea.

Chapter 1: The Therapist in Relationship
Therapist and Relationship Factors

The Necessary and Sufficient Conditions


Chapter 2: Client
Contact, Incongruence, and Perception

Client-Directed, Outcome Informed, Client Hero

Actualizing Tendency

Nondirective Attitude



Chapter 3: Evolution of the Person-Centered Approach
Classical Client-Centered or Nondirective Therapy



Experiential, Emotion-Focused

Interdisciplinary Research and Practice

The Futurism of the Person-Centered Approach and Its Implications


Chapter 4: Multiculturalism
Central Concepts in Multicultural Counseling Competence

Understanding Client’s Worldview: Cultural Elements to Empathy

Culturally Appropriate Interventions and Unconditional Positive Regard

Social Justice Advocacy Competencies

History of Multiculturalism and the Person-Centered Approach

Ethical and Religious Concepts and the Person-Centered Approach

The Paradox: A Universal System of Adaptability to Differences


Chapter 5: A Case Illustration of Person-Centered Counseling


Session One: First Encounter

Session Two: Scared, Really Scared

Session Three: Some Relief

Session Four: A Possible Misunderstanding

Session Five: Nonstop Talker

Session Six: I Miss My Mom, Bad. She Was a Bitch to Deal With

Session Seven: Talkative Again

Sessions Eight and Nine: No Show

Questions for Your Consideration


Chapter 6: Conclusion
PCA Is Love

Courageous, Compassionate Confrontation


Linking the Relational and the Client Conditions

It Figures

Understand, Verify You Understand, and Improve

Power Within, Power With, Power Over

The Ever-Reaching Actualization Process: Give and Receive




Student Study Site

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  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes for each chapter allows for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.

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Chapter 2

Chapter 4

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