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Strength-Centered Counseling

Strength-Centered Counseling
Integrating Postmodern Approaches and Skills With Practice

June 2010 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Integrates the most popular and most used counseling techniques into current teaching and practice. This text provides a frameworkfor 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.
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

Up to date and informative, as well as easy to read.

Ms Sharon Martin
Humanities, Emdpire State College
November 24, 2010

Colin C. Ward

Colin Ward’s 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 training in postmodern approaches. He continued, both in school and private practice settings, discovering the phases of Strength-Centered Counseling and then developing effective techniques and interventions for working with clients to engage hope, identify strengths, and develop resilient life patterns. Dr. Ward is currently a counselor educator and supervisor at Central Michigan University... More About Author

Teri Reuter

Teri Reuter's wide range of professional and personal experiences have led her to believe in the transformational power of a Strength-Centered approach to counseling. Ms. Reuter has taught Communication courses at the university level for over twenty years, and in that time, she and her family have lived in many different places, both in the United States and Europe. Living in, working in, and adjusting to these varied cultures has helped her recognize the value of identifying one's own strengths and developing resiliency. In collaborating with Colin Ward, Ms. Reuter has refined her philosophies into practical guidelines to help her and... More About Author

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