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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.

Central Role of Language in Strength-Centered Counseling
Central role of language in strength-centered counseling

C'est le point de vue qui crée l'objet. [It is the point of view that creates the object.]

–Ferdinand de Saussure

Traditional models of counseling often use a language based in clinical psychology working from a medical model to describe clients in terms of limitations and a focus on what clients cannot do (Smith, 2006). This language of pathology creates a perception of illness and undermines the role of responsibility in how clients navigate their own lives, looking at clients in counseling as victims of their diagnoses and denying them the reward of taking responsibility for coping behaviors that maintain their survival (Maddux, 2002). An alternative is language that highlights possibilities with a focus ...

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