Trainees in all mental health professions need basic knowledge of the key therapeutic approaches in counseling & psychotherapy. This is the essential companion, placing specific emphasis on practical application to guide the reader in the how to of conducting each therapeutic model.

Approaches covered include established models such as CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy, systemic therapy and solution-focused brief therapy, and more recent additions to mainstream therapy like mindfulness and narrative therapy. Each chapter is written by an up-and-coming name in the field, offering a unique insight into the challenges and possibilities of training in each model. The book:

Includes case examples from a wide range of mental health care settings; Embedded with worksheets, sample questions and diagrams; Highlights challenges, strengths and weaknesses of each approach; Details the background and practical application of therapeutic models; Discusses evidence-based practice and outcomes

Written in language familiar to first-year trainees and using a range of features to enhance learning, this pocket guide is ideal for those embarking on training across counseling, psychotherapy, psychology, health, nursing, and social work.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy

Narrative therapy is one of the more recently developed therapeutic models, and is very much continuing to evolve. It is built on a poststructuralist philosophy, which views knowledge, power and the stories people live by as inseparable. The therapy aims to explore and re-shape problematic stories, using techniques such as externalisation, deconstruction and the identification of unique outcomes. Narrative therapeutic practice often incorporates indirect forms of therapy, such as the use of therapeutic documents and celebrations involving others, all of which are intended to reinforce the gains made during therapy.

If you do want to read a bit more about the poststructuralist philosophy that provides the backdrop to narrative therapy, an overview is provided at the end of this chapter.

The Model

The defining principle of narrative therapy is that our identity is built on a ...

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