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Strength-Centered Counseling
Integrating Postmodern Approaches and Skills With Practice



June 2010 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Integrates popular postmodern techniques within a model of
strength discovery and development

The counseling model presented in this book goes beyond traditional approaches by equipping mental health practitioners with strength-centered techniques and interventions. It also provides graduate students in counselor education programs a foundation while working in an effective broad-application model of counseling.

Authors Colin C. Ward and Teri Reuter resolve the ambiguity about how postmodernism fits into everyday practice and offer a cutting-edge text that presents the counseling knowledge and skills needed to assist individuals and families with embracing life's struggles not only from a context of problems and adversity, but also of solutions, strengths, and wellness.

This text is designed for mental health practitioners as well as counseling theories and skills related courses in counseling, psychology, and related fields.


 
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF STRENGTH-CENTERED COUNSELING
 
1. The Essence of Strength-Centered Counseling
Principle One: A Shared Understanding

 
Principle Two: Shared Respect

 
Principle Three: Shared Strengths

 
Principle Four: Shared Resilience

 
Principle Five: Shared Dichotomies

 
Principle Six: Shared Language

 
Principle Seven: Shared Wellness

 
Principle Eight: Shared Hope

 
Principle Nine: Shared Authenticity

 
 
2. Emergence of Postmodernism
Modern Approaches

 
Postmodern Approaches

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
 
3. Postmodern Counseling
Solution Focuses Counseling

 
Narrative Counseling

 
Motivational Interviewing

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
 
4. Central Role of Language in Strength-Centered Counseling
Language and Meaning

 
Reality and Strength-Centered Language

 
Strength-Centered Vocabulary Competence

 
Dialectics of Pathology and Possibility

 
Incorporating a Strength-Centered Vocabulary

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
 
PART II: PHASES OF STRENGTH-CENTERED COUNSELING
 
Phase One: Shared Understanding
 
5. The Stance
An Attitude of Empathetic Curiosity

 
A Stance of Acceptance

 
An Appreciation for Ambivalence

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide--Shared Understanding: The Stance

 
 
6. The Steps
Step One: Problem Perception

 
Step Two: Struggle Perception

 
Step Three: Strength Perception

 
Step Four: Dichotomy Perception

 
Step Five: Hope Perception

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide--Shared Understanding: The Steps

 
 
Phase Two: Contracted Change
 
7. Envisioning a Preferred Life
Perception of the Preferences

 
Solution Efforts

 
The Miracle, the Dream, and the Future

 
The Road Ahead

 
Building a Readiness

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide--Contracted Change: A Preferred Life

 
 
8. Understanding Goals
Scaling Steps of Action

 
Follow-Up Suggestions

 
The Theory of Holes

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide--Contracted Change: Understanding Goals

 
 
Phase Three: Developed Lifestyle
 
9. Understanding Personal Wellness
Integrating Strengths and Wellness

 
Introducing Wellness

 
Envisioning Wellness

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
 
10. Practicing Personal Preferences
Integrating Wellness

 
Maintaining Preferences

 
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide--Developed Lifestyle: Understanding Personal Wellness

 
 
PART III: RESILIENCE FOR THE STRENGTH-CENTERED COUNSELOR
 
11. Becoming a Competent Strength-Centered Counselor
Themes of Professional Development

 
Strength-Centered Competence Continuum

 
Professional Growth Activities

 
 
12: A Strength-Centered Counselor's Survival Guide
Essential Principles of Strength-Centered Counseling

 
Living Out the Essential Principles of Strength-Centered Counseling

 
A Professional Plan for Hope and Wellness

 
Finding a Hope in a Problem-Centered World

 
 
Appendices
 
Appendix A: Change Plan Worksheet
 
Appendix B: Strength-Centered Counselor Stance Interview and Reflection Guide
 
Appendix C: Engages Curiosity: Phase One - Interview Guide
 
Appendix D: Contracted Change: Phase Two - Interview Guide
 
Appendix E: Scaling for Wellness Understanding - Informal Interview Format
 
Appendix F: Strength Cards
 
References
 
About the Authors

Up to date and informative, as well as easy to read.

Ms Sharon Martin
Humanities, Emdpire State College
November 24, 2010
Key features

Key Features

  • A Strength-Centeredness Model: The text provides a clear description of the three phases of strength-centered counseling with specific techniques and interventions.

  • Professional Growth Activities: Each chapter provides interactive experiences for developing a strength-centered perspective as well as counselor competencies.

  • Counselor Interview and Reflection Guides: Structural guidance for grasping and applying strength-centered counseling is provided at the end of each phase.

  • Strength Cards: Designed as a clinical resource, the tear-out cards assist with recognizing and eliciting strengths from clients.

  • The companion site at www.sagepub.com/wardreuter offers video clips, teaching tips, learning activities, and more.

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