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All theory chapters are honed and updated, some with new clinical examples to illustrate techniques. New, revised, or expanded topics include relational psychoanalysis, the role of countertransference, (Ch. 4); Adlerian Therapy, assessment and diagnosis, new examples that bring Adlerian concepts to life reorientation and encouragement process (ch.5); international developments of existential therapy, the main aims of existential therapy (Ch. 6); clients as active self-healers, motivational interviewing, emotion-focused therapy (Ch. 7); therapist presence and the therapeutic relationship in Gestalt therapy, and the contemporary relational approach to Gestalt practice (Ch. 8). Two additional chapters on the Case of Stan approach and transactional analysis are included in the MindTap® Counseling eReader.
Case studies focusing on two clients, “Stan” and “Gwen” (a new case of an African-American female client) appear in each chapter to demonstrate the application of all presented theories and make it easy for students to compare and contrast approaches. Each case focuses on applying techniques from every theory to both Stan and Gwen, bringing the theories to life by showing how it can be used in exploring specific problems raised by the clients.
New to this edition is a set of Learning Objectives at the beginning of each theory chapter. In addition, five new Self-Reflection and Discussion Questions appear at the end of each theory chapter to engage students in thinking about and applying the material.
The book’s flexible organization allows professors to cover topics in any order they choose to best meet particular student or course design needs.
A framework for creatively synthesizing the therapeutic models, along with step-by-step guidelines, enhances the book’s focus on helping students draw from the various theoretical models to develop a personalized counseling style.
Corey’s discussion of current ethical and professional issues facing counseling and human service professionals prepares students for the realities of practice. The chapter on ethics features the revised ACA 2014 Code of Ethics.
A concluding chapter shows students how to integrate the various theories and how to design their own integrative approach to counseling practice. The cases of Stan and Gwen are illustrated with the therapists working from an integrative perspective. Summary charts allow for comparisons among the theories. New and expanded topics include the central role of the client in determining therapy outcomes, the case for practice-based evidence rather than evidence-based practice, and the trend toward accountability in counseling.