Organized around the latest CACREP standards, <b>Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice</b>, by Richard D. Parsons and Naijian Zhang, presents theory as an essential component to both counselor identity formation and professional practice. Drawing on the contributions of current practitioners, the text uses both classical and cutting-edge theoretical models of change as lenses for processing client information and developing case conceptualizations and intervention plans. Each chapter provides a snapshot of a particular theory/approach and the major thinkers associated with each theory as well as case illustrations and guided practice exercises to help readers internalize the content presented and apply it to their own development as counselors.

Theory and the Reflective Practitioner

Theory and the Reflective Practitioner

Theory and the reflective practitioner
Richard D. Parsons

Counselors, like most “helpers,” tend to be doers—pragmatic in their approach. But counselors, unlike lay helpers, are professionals, and as professional counselors, they “do” what they do with intentionality and rationale.

Counseling is not a haphazard, random, hit-or-miss process. Counselors approach their work with their clients with an understanding about the human condition and the factors and processes that promote growth and wellbeing. As trained professionals, counselors are objective observers who deliberately gather data deemed essential both to understanding the nature of the client's concern and to the formulation of a treatment plan. The interpretation of these data and the resultant understanding are guided by the “theory” of the human condition that the ...

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