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Person-Centered Approaches for Counselors

Person-Centered Approaches for Counselors

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January 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

The Student Study Site includes:

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


  • A concise, conversational approach speaks directly to graduate students’ concerns and makes key information easy to understand and apply.
  • Transcripts of actual counseling sessions and scenarios of different client responses bring theories to life.
  • A common factors approach to therapy is integrated into every section, providing compelling evidence and practical suggestions for improving training and practice.
  • The final chapter discusses future developments in the field.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2

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