Basic Counseling Techniques: A Beginning Therapist's Toolkit

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AuthorHouse, Nov 26, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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Yes, but what do I do with that client?" That is a question Dr. Wayne Perry often hears as he works with beginning counselors or therapists. It is the question Basic Counseling Techniques seeks to answer. Born out of Dr. Perrys more than twenty-years experience training marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors, this book skips the theory and goes right for the practical application.

Students in counseling or therapy training programs will find Basic Counseling Techniques an essential part of their studies. This textbook gives the basic steps to actually applying nine different sets of clinical tools, and guidelines for selecting the appropriate tool for the appropriate clinical situation. That makes this textbook unique in the field. Another unique feature is this textbooks practical suggestions for setting up the therapy room, using audio-visual recording equipment, and making covert interactions overt. Each of the fifteen chapters concludes with a "Living Into the Lesson" section to give the reader experiential exercises to apply that chapters skills.

Training program directors will find this book invaluable for students who will soon begin their practicum. Beginning therapists, both interns and recent graduates, will find it irreplaceable in building their own professional "toolkit."


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The First Interview
Structuring Skills
Process Skills
Administrative Skills
Solution FocusedProblem Solving Skills
Cognitive Therapy Skills
Behavior Therapy Skills
Depth Counseling Skills
Psychoeducational Approaches
Chapter 10
Diagraming Interactions
DrugAlcohol Interventions
Next Steps

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Page 15 - Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven, Yiddish Proverb The first interview is a bit like going on a blind date.
Page 15 - ... 1. RESPONSIBILITY TO CLIENTS Marriage and family therapists advance the welfare of families and individuals. They respect the rights of those persons seeking their assistance, and make reasonable efforts to ensure that their services are used appropriately.
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About the author (2002)

C. Wayne Perry, D.Min., is the Program Director of Southern Christian University=s marriage and family therapy program. He is a Clinical Member and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). Since 1980 Dr. Perry has actively trained both marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors. He also trains others in PREPARE/ENRICH, the TJTA, and the MBTI. In addition to a busy teaching and clinical practice, Dr. and Mrs. Perry frequently lead workshops for church and community groups. All of this hands-on experience formed the basis for his articles in professional journals and popular magazines, and for a weekly column in a local newspaper.

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