Preface

Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theories and Intervention, Fifth Edition, presents a variety of theories and conceptual frameworks for understanding the parameters of the helping relationship. These parameters can include models for viewing personality development; explaining past behavior; predicting future behavior; understanding the current behavior of the client; diagnosing and treatment planning; assessing client motivations, needs, and unresolved issues; and identifying strategies and interventions for use during the counseling and psychotherapy process.

Theories help organize data and provide guidelines for the prevention and intervention efforts of counselors and therapists. They direct a professional helper's attention and observations and offer constructs, terminology, and viewpoints that can be understood by colleagues and used during supervision and consultation sessions. Theory directly influences the interventions used by counselors and therapists to promote a client's new insight, new behavior, and new approaches to relationships and problem solving. The greater a counselor's or therapist's awareness of the strengths and possibilities inherent in numerous theoretical frames of reference, the greater the potential for understanding the uniqueness of a particular client and for developing the most effective treatment plan.

This book is unique in both format and content. All of the contributing authors are experts who provide state-of-the-art information about theories of counseling and psychotherapy (see the "Meet the Contributors" section for their backgrounds). In addition, each chapter discusses applications of the theory as it relates to one particular case study: a hypothetical client named Maria, whom we introduce on pages 55-58. This book also includes information that is sometimes not addressed in other counseling and psychotherapy textbooks, such as a chapter that focuses on the core dimensions and brief approaches to the helping relationship, a chapter that emphasizes both diversity and social justice issues in counseling, a chapter on feminist theory, a chapter on dialectical behavior theory, and a chapter on transpersonal theory. The book's unique approach enhances its readability and should increase reader interest in the material.

 
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