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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.
 
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF STRENGTH-CENTERED COUNSELING
 
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

 
 
PART II: PHASES OF STRENGTH-CENTERED COUNSELING
 
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

 
 
PART III: RESILIENCE FOR THE STRENGTH-CENTERED COUNSELOR
 
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

 
 
Appendices
 
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
 
References
 
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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