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.

Relational-Cultural Theory in the Context of Feminism

Relational-Cultural Theory in the Context of Feminism

Relational-cultural theory in the context of feminism
Kristi B. CannonJason PattonStacee L. Reicherzer

I want to feel closer to my partner, but I just don't. I find myself arguing, shutting down, and even avoiding interactions with him. Then, I think to myself, it's just me—no wonder things are so bad between us. I wouldn't want to talk to me either.

The client above is responding in a way known as the central relational paradox, a primary theme in relational-cultural theory (RCT): The client so yearns for connection that she actively keeps parts of herself hidden away or out of connection with her partner for fear of rejection. Within this chapter, you will become further acquainted with how the central relational ...

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