An Introduction to Counseling

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When I began graduate school, I did not know how expensive text books were, since they were not that expensive when I was an undergraduate.

Guess there were more trees then. 

Introduction to Counseling E-Texts, E-Chapters, Videos, and Guides

However, I still have some of the graduate school texts I bought about 15-20 years ago, and I still consult them. They have proven to be a great value, and I am sure the books you buy will be of similar value.

However, if you are not a graduate school student, and you are curious about what a counseling school text looks like or reads like, here is your chance to rent one rather than pay the hefty freight involved in owning one.

I really wish that this option had been available to me. If you are carrying a full load of classes, text books and study guides are a major expense. And if the text proves valuable, and you want a hard copy for yourself, you can buy the hard copy when you want rather than when the professor says.

When you click on one of the links below, you will be taken to Cengage and they have a huge catalog. I have picked only a few texts that I think my readers will be interested in. Take your time and explore.

This innovative teaching and learning package offers an interactive combination of a worktext, CD-ROM, and videocassette to cover the fundamental counseling responses (skills) found in any of the helping professions. A basic primer to teach helping responses, it doesn't delve into the underlying theories or any of the more advanced techniques. It's basically a how-to project for those learning to become counselors. Using worktext, videocassette, and CD-ROM, users will learn a new, simplified model for recognizing and using counseling responses.

This unparalleled package is the ideal vehicle to provide students with a simple format for learning basic counseling responses like empathy, paraphrasing, and self-disclosure. Plus, the complete package is priced affordably to effectively meet the needs of different approaches and budgets. For example, you can use it alone or in concert with a book that takes a theories approach.

This current, engaging, and practice-oriented text is your complete resource for mastering the many facets of family therapy. In this Seventh Edition of their respected text, Irene and Herbert Goldenberg examine and explain traditional and evolving viewpoints, perspectives, values, intervention techniques, and goals of family therapy. The authors provide practice-oriented content that will help you become an empathic and effective family therapist. The new edition includes the latest references and contemporary thinking on central issues such as family resiliency, alternative forms of family life today, gender, culture, and ethnic considerations. This edition also contains the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics-a great reference that will help you understand the importance of ethical practices.

His student-centered overview of the counseling profession exposes you to real challenges faced by experienced practitioners and gives you an unparalleled look at what your professional future may hold. INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING, Seventh Edition covers what counseling is, as well as its history, theoretical orientations, applications, and professional issues. As you become engaged in the process of learning and applying counseling concepts, you'll examine the day-to-day realities of being a counselor, as well as your own motivation for choosing the profession. Finally, experiential and reflective exercises, integrated into every chapter, help you reflect on the material. A new set of videos available on DVD bring many of these topics to life.

BASIC AND ADVANCED COUNSELING provides a unique emphasis on skill assessment, helping you evaluate and improve your counseling technique. Authors Marlowe Smaby and Cleborne Maddux use a framework of self-assessment tools and guided observations by experienced counselors—the Skilled Counselor Training Model—to encourage you to develop an accurate appraisal of your own skill level. In addition, a DVD developed in conjunction with the text helps you connect classroom lessons to practical situations. BASIC AND ADVANCED COUNSELING offers you training on how to transfer counseling skills to actual counseling sessions, as well as how to promote positive outcomes with clients.

This text for first-year graduate students in the helping professions offers guidance for the upcoming years of study. As a handbook or supplement, Thriving! enables students to excel in their personal and professional lives as they train for their careers. Throughout the text, students are provided with practical advice and the necessary tools for a rewarding and fulfilling educational experience.

THE GRIEF ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION WORKBOOK: A STRENGTHS PERSPECTIVE is an exceptional new workbook that provides focused, practical guidance to help students function effectively in their roles as helpers when dealing with the dying or death of clients or clients' loved ones. Designed for use in social work and counseling courses on grief and loss, grief counseling, and bereavement therapy courses, the text can also serve as a valuable supplemental resource for practice or field courses across multiple disciplines. Using a strengths-perspective approach, the authors explore various theories of grief and delineate several intervention approaches, including developmental and cultural factors that impact the severity of grief reactions. The text also provides several grief assessment instruments used by practitioners, in-depth case scenarios to illustrate key concepts, and hands-on exercises for applying grief assessment and intervention techniques. 

COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE provides a unique, in-depth presentation of all the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy. Author Edward S. Neukrug discusses twelve theories that cover four broad conceptual approaches in the text: psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and post-modern. Each COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE chapter provides a consistent framework to help you understand the theories and their applications, including theorist biographies, key concepts, the therapeutic process, and key words and names. The conclusion of each chapter features a member of a fictitious family, "The Millers," participating in the type of therapy discussed in the chapter. In addition, COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE includes a DVD that shows short clips of aspects of each of the twelve theories covered in the text. COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE effectively shows you how counseling theories are applied in real counseling settings.

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