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.
Chapter 2: Emergence of Postmodernism
Emergence of Postmodernism
A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.
Understanding the difference between modernism and postmodernism is to understand differing perceptions of change. Whereas one is predictable and consistent, the other is consistently unpredictable and evolving. Appreciating the unique clinical intent that modernism and postmodernism each contribute to the counseling relationship can assist counselors with better understanding their work with others while providing a foundation for understanding postmodern influences on strength-centered counseling. Because these terms are often misunderstood by students of counseling as well as practicing mental health professionals, the following is an attempt to briefly explore ...