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 3: Postmodern Counseling
Self-realization can be encouraged if the therapist has a profound knowledge, not of therapeutic theories and formulations, but of people and their personal experiences.
The most common counseling approaches founded on postmodern principles are Solution Focused Counseling (SFC), Narrative Counseling (NC), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Although each is unique in how it instructs counselors to interact and apply postmodern principles of change, each shares common themes in its overall approach. First, SFC, NC, and MI articulate a sincere respect for clients and the difficulties that have led them to seek counseling. Clients are viewed as the experts on their lives. The counselor promotes a relationship that is, as much as possible, nonjudgmental and accepting of the experiences, worldviews, and the inherent resilient ...