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.
Chapter 3: Case Conceptualization: The Case of Y-Chun
Case Conceptualization: The Case of Y-Chun
The baby, assailed by eyes, ears, nose, skin, and entrails at once, feels it all as one great blooming, buzzing confusion.
—William James (1890/1980, p. 488)
In the quote above, William James was attempting to articulate the initial experiences of a newborn as it is first introduced to the new stimuli and circumstances of life following birth. This description may very well be applied to the experience of many counselors-in-training as they attempt to make sense of the varied disclosures of their first client. When a counselor engages with a client, especially on the occasion of his or her first experience, it becomes all too clear all too quickly that the sheer ...