Theories and Applications of Counseling and Psychotherapy provides students with the foundational knowledge needed to implement various therapeutic approaches in individual and family counseling. The dynamic author team presents theories through a multicultural and social justice-oriented lens, including evidence to support each theory. Students will embrace chapter concepts through vibrant illustrations and relevant examples from movies, TV shows, photographs, paintings, musical lyrics, news articles, and other sources presented throughout.

Adlerian Theory

Adlerian Theory

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Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, each student should be able to:

  • Diagnose the case of “The Man of a Thousand Faces.”
  • Argue that Adler was either inside or outside the “inner circle.”
  • Defend the Adlerian theoretical approach.
  • Describe the major concepts of Adlerian theory.
  • Create a plan to employ Adlerian therapeutic approaches to address your responses to the Table 4.3 worksheet.
  • Defend the assumption that Adlerian theory is committed to social justice and multiculturalism (e.g., working with diverse populations).
  • Assess the effectiveness of the Adlerian theory in assisting Mrs. Sanchez.

Individual Psychology: An Introduction

In an attempt to clarify the relationship between Sigmund Freud’s theory and subsequent theories that appeared and drew the interest of scholars, writers sometimes used categorical labels that unintentionally deemphasized the extent of existing differences. ...

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