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Strength-Centered Counseling: Integrating Postmodern Approaches and Skills With Practice

by Collin C Ward and Teri Reuter SAGE Publications, Inc
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Integrates the most popular and most used counseling techniques
into current teaching and practice

This text provides a framework for the synthesis of postmodern theories of counseling. The cutting-edge Strength Centered Counseling model can be incorporated effectively with the more traditional models of counseling, resolving the ambiguity about how postmodernism fits into every day practice and results in more direct application of knowledge and skill sets for training in counselor education. Authors Colin Ward and Teri Reuter offer a practical and straightforward resource that presents clients with opportunities to look at life not only from a context of problems and adversity; but also of solutions, strengths, and hope.

Key Features

•Interactive learning experiences including Learning Activities (within chapters) and Professional Growth Activities (at the end of chapters) present throughout the text
•Clear direction for application of principles, techniques and interventions
•Counselor Interview and Reflection guides serve as both valuable as a learning tool and a structural guide for future sessions with clients
•Strength cards help students develop key skills

This text is appropriate for counseling theories and counseling skills related courses in counseling, psychology, and related fields.

1. The Essence of Strength Centered Counseling
Principle One: A Shared Understanding
Principle Two: Shared Respect
Principle Three: Shared Strengths
Principle Four: Shared Resilience
Principle Five: Shared Dichotomies
Principle Six: Shared Language
Principle Seven: Shared Wellness
Principle Eight: Shared Hope
Principle Nine: Shared Authenticity
2. Emergence of Postmodernism
Modern Approaches
Postmodern Approaches
Professional Growth Activities
3. Postmodern Counseling
Solution Focuses Counseling
Narrative Counseling
Motivational Interviewing
Professional Growth Activities
4. Central role of Language in Strength Centered Counseling
Language and Meaning
Reality and Strength Centered Language
Strength Centered Vocabulary Competence
Dialectics of Pathology and Possibility
Incorporating a Strength Centered Vocabulary
Professional Growth Activities
Phase One: Shared Understanding
5. The Stance
An Attitude of Empathetic Curiosity
A Stance of Acceptance
An Appreciation for Ambivalence
Professional Growth Activities
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide - Shared Understanding - The Stance
6. The Steps
Step One: Problem Perception
Step Two: Struggle Perception
Step Three: Strength Perception
Step Four: Dichotomy Perception
Step Five: Hope Perception
Professional Growth Activities
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide -Shared Understanding - The Steps
Phase Two: Contracted Change
7. Envisioning a Preferred Life
Perception of the Preferences
Solution Efforts
The Miracle, the Dream, and the Future
The Road Ahead
Building a Readiness
Professional Growth Activities
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide - Contracted Change - A Preferred Life
8. Understanding Goals
Scaling Steps of Action
Follow up Suggestions
The Theory of Holes
Professional Growth Activities
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide - Contracted Change - Understanding Goals
Phase Three: Developed Lifestyle
9. Understanding Personal Wellness
Integrating Strengths and Wellness
Introducing Wellness
Envisioning Wellness
Professional Growth Activities
10. Practicing Personal Preferences
Integrating Wellness
Maintaining Preferences
Counselor Interview and Reflection Guide - Developed Lifestyle - Understanding Personal Wellness
11. Becoming a Competent Strength Centered Counselor
Themes of Professional Development
Strength Centered Competence Continuum
Professional Growth Activities
12: A Strength Centered Counselor's Survival Guide
Essential Principles of Strength Centered Counseling
Living Out the Essential Principles of Strength Centered Counseling
A Professional Plan for Hope and Wellness
Finding a Hope in a Problem Centered World
Appendix A: Change Plan Worksheet
Appendix B: Strength Centered Counselor Stance Interview and Reflection Guide
Appendix C: Engages Curiosity: Phase One - Interview Guide
Appendix D: Contracted Change: Phase Two - Interview Guide
Appendix E: Scaling for Wellness Understanding - Informal Interview Format
Appendix F: Strength Cards
About the Authors

Colin Wards Strength-Centered Counseling reflects over two decades of clinical and academic experience. Frustrated by the limitations of traditional approaches to counseling for influencing enduring change with clients, Dr. Ward sought out additional trai