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Integrates popular postmodern techniques within a model of strength discovery and development

The counseling model presented in this book goes beyond traditional approaches by equipping mental health practitioners with strength-centered techniques and interventions. It also provides graduate students in counselor education programs a foundation while working in an effective broad-application model of counseling.

Authors Colin C. Ward and Teri Reuter resolve the ambiguity about how postmodernism fits into everyday practice and offer a cutting-edge text that presents the counseling knowledge and skills needed to assist individuals and families with embracing life's struggles not only from a context of problems and adversity, but also of solutions, strengths, and wellness.

This text is designed for mental health practitioners as well as counseling theories and skills related courses in counseling, psychology, and related fields.

Understanding Goals
Understanding goals

You know more than you think you know … at an appropriate time, in an appropriate place, your unconscious mind will let your conscious mind know something that you already know, but don't know that you know.

–Milton Erickson

Assisting clients in conceptualizing their futures apart from the deficit language typically used to describe their problems requires a concerted effort from the counselor. Although the questions listed in the previous chapter elicit a different set of options in responding to life challenges, it can be quite normal when people first think about change to view the process of counseling as resulting merely in the absence their problem, rather than then the addition of something else. For example, when asked, “What might be a sign ...

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