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Advanced Skills and Interventions in Therapeutic Counseling

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"Advanced Skills and Interventions in Therapeutic Counselling" is written for advanced students and professionals. It provides the reader with an understanding of the personality, and reviews fundamentals of the counselling process, such as the set up of the counselling room, attending behaviour, and advanced active listening skills. It gives the reader a means to assess clients so the direction of therapy is clear, and it provides illustrations for each general direction of the therapeutic process.

This book takes an integrated approach to therapeutic counseling, from personality theory, to applying that theory in assessing client problems, to the techniques to intervene. The counselling procedures presented allow the counselor to determine the origin of unwanted emotions and behaviors without psychodynamic interpretation and the interventions are designed to address cause for these concerns.

There is a cause for every unwanted emotion or reaction. This book is about understanding these causes and facilitating change.

Product Details

PublisherCrown House Publishing
AuthorGordon Emmerson, PhD
Dimensions 9.68 (h) x 7.44 (w) x 0.5 (d) inches
Pages 225
Weight 450 grammes

Chapter 1 : Therapeutic counseling and ethics
•  What is therapeutic counseling
•  Ethical issues
•  The ethical person
•  Confidentiality
•  Maintaining boundaries in therapy
•  Dual relationships
•  Duty of care

Chapter 2 : Theoretical orientation
•  Ego states
•  Development of ego-state therapy
•  Ego-state personality theory
•  The origin of ego states
•  The executive state
•  Surface and underlying states
•  Ego states and alters
•  The unconscious
•  Introjects
•  Later development of ego states
•  Pathology and ego states
•  Malevolent ego states
•  Ego states and physiology
•  Overview of ego-state personality theory
•  Ego-state theory and techniques in the context of other psychotherapies
•  The psychodynamic stream
•  The cognitive behavioral stream
•  The phenomenological stream
•  Role of ego-state theory in counseling

Chapter 3 : Basic counseling skills and techniques
•  Attending
•  Attire
•  Preparation of the room
•  Body language and voice tone
•  Interest shown to the client
•  Maintaining focus in the client's world
•  Active listening
•  Benefits of active listening
•  Good active listening
•  Starting and ending a session
•  Beginning the session
•  Bringing the session to close
•  the last session

Chapter 4 : Advanced counseling skills and techniques
•  Accessing ego states
•  Naming ego states
•  Speak respecfully to all states
•  When working with ego states
•  Accessing ego states—a review
•  Working with introjects
•  Speaking to an introject
•  Speaking as an introject
•  How the counselor can facilitate conversations with introjects
•  Speaking to the introject of a deceased person
•  Speaking to the introject of a fetus
•  Speaking to the introject of a perpetrator
•  Bridging from the unwanted symptom to the cause of the problem
•  Resolving a trauma

Chapter 5 : Assessing the client's problem
•  DSM-IV-TR diagnosis
•  The counseling assessment method

Chapter 6 : Internal dissent : Cognitive dissonance
•  Helping the client resolve internal dissent
•  Get a clear understanding of the division and of the states involved
•  Make clear which state will sit in each chair
•  Listen to everything each state has to say
•  Help each state to see the value of both states
•  Suggest how nice it would be to have the respect of the other state
•  Negotiate a way the states can work together
•  Suggest that the states communicate directly with each other
•  Thank each state for working together to achieve a solution
•  Debrief with the client

Chapter 7 : Difficulty responding to a situational concern
•  Current-context-situational concern
•  Unresolved-issues-situational concern : truama resolution
•  Abreactions

Chapter 8 : Application of skills
•  Crisis intervention
•  What are the elements of the effective crisis intervention?
•  When the crisis trauma does not involve another person
•  Working with grief and loss
•  Grieving loss
•  Grieving future loss
•  Dealing with anger
•  The problem with anger that is not expressed
•  The problem with anger that is expressed inappropriately
•  Assertive behavior
•  Understanding anger
•  Anger therapy techniques
•  Relationship issues
•  Dealing with depression
•  Antidepressant medication
•  Step in working with the depressed client
•  Working with addictions and obsessive-compulsive disorder
•  Gambling
•  Drug addiction
•  Obsessive-compulsive disorder
•  Self-harming behavior
•  Smoking
•  Compulsive eating
•  What addictions have in common
•  Techniques for working with clients with addictive behavior
•  Nonaddictive eating and smoking problems
•  Dealing with sexual-abuse issues
•  Do not minimize or maximize the problem
•  Techniques for working with the sexually abused client
•  Dealing with suicidal ideation
•  Understanding the suicidal client
•  Techniques to assist the client through the critical period of suicidal ideation
•  Techniques to assist the client with the issues that brought on the suicidal ideation
•  What if one of your clients commits suicide?

Chapter 9 : More training for difficult circumstances
•  Examples of dialogue with ego states
•  When the client has diffculty naming an ego state
•  When the client has diffculty finding an ego state that can help another state
•  Accessing the desired state
•  When the client is reluctant to speak to an empty chair
•  When the client does not speak directly to the introject in the empty chair
•  An important issues
•  Spontaneous hypnosis
•  Final thoughts

About the Author

Dr Gordon Emmerson is an Honorary Fellow in the school of psychology at Victoria University, Melbourne. He is the author of the books 'Ego State Therapy' (2003, 2007, 2010), 'Advanced Techniques in Therapeutic Counselling' (2006, Crown House), and 'Healthy Parts Happy Self' (2012). He authored Ego State Personality Theory (2011), and has developed techniques for working with many psychological conditions. His conceptualisation of Vaded Ego States has defined how to work with addictions, OCD and trauma. As a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society, he has published a number of articles on Ego State Therapy and has conducted and published clinical research on its efficacy. Dr Emmerson has conducted numerous ego state workshops in Australia, South Africa, Germany, the UK and in the US, and he makes keynote conference and convention addresses on the therapy. He provides Foundation and Clinical Qualification training in Ego State Therapy.