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 6: The Steps
The mere relief of suffering does not lead to well-being; it only removes one of the barriers to well-being.
There is a story of a man who, upon finding an emperor moth struggling to force itself through a small hole, kindly cut away the cocoon to ease the emergence of the moth. What he failed to realize in his haste to be helpful, was how the struggle to free itself from the cocoon provided the moth needed fluids to be forced into its wings. Only then would the moth be prepared to fly. Without the struggle, as the man witnessed, the moth would never be able to fly. So it is with strength-centered counseling. Understanding how individuals have been “stretched” ...