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.
With roots in basic principles of behavior, behavior modification comprises two branches or approaches to therapy: applied behavior analysis and behavior therapy. Applied behavior analysis focuses on working with individuals in natural settings using stimulus control and reinforcement to modify habitual behaviors and develop skills that help individuals function effectively in society and cope with various life situations. Applied behavior analysis also stresses the use of functional analysis of behavior to develop treatments. Behavior therapy focuses on dysfunctional behavior that often brings clients in for counseling or therapy. Behavior therapy techniques include exposure therapy to treat phobias and anxiety; behavioral activation therapy to treat depression, ...