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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 ...

Developing a Personal Theoretical Orientation
Developing a Personal Theoretical Orientation
Howard E. A. Tinsley Western Washington University and Southern Illinois University Noelle S. Giffin Wiersma Whitworth University Suzanne H. Lease University of Memphis
Abstract

In this chapter we review the research findings demonstrating that factors common to all of the approaches covered in this volume account for most of the variance in the effectiveness of therapy, and that these theoretical approaches are approximately equal in effectiveness. These findings indicate that the specific theory applied in therapy is less important than the therapist’s confidence in the approach and his or her proficiency in its use. The crucial task confronting beginning therapists, then, is to identify a set of theories that are ...

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