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Thinking and Acting Like a Cognitive School Counselor

Thinking and Acting Like a Cognitive School Counselor

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School Counseling

June 2009 | 192 pages | Corwin
The books in this series represent the four key areas or theoretical constructs counsellors use when working with clients: Solution Focused, Behavioural, Cognitive, and Person-Centred.

Thinking and Acting Like a Cognitive Counselor provides counsellors with a practical guide for learning to think and then ACT like an expert counsellor.

The author focuses upon the development of the skills employed by cognitively oriented counsellors as they process client data, develop case conceptualizations, and then formulate and implement specific treatment plans.

The book provides extensive case illustrations and guided practice exercises to move the reader from simply 'knowing' to 'doing' and is ideal for training new and less experienced counsellors in what to say, how to say it, and why to say it.

About the Author
Introduction to Book Series
Part I. Using a Cognitive Orientation to Guide Reflection
1. The School Counselor as Reflective Practitioner
2. The Fundamental Principles of Cognitive Therapy
Part II. Targets and Techniques of Cognitive Counseling
3. Helping the Student Understand and Embrace the Thought-Feeling Connection
4. Identifying Cognitive Distortions
5. Reformulating Dysfunctional Thoughts
Part III. From the Eyes of the Cognitive-Oriented Expert
6. School Counselors Reflecting In and On Practice
7. Practice in Procedural Thinking

"The author successfully leads the school counselor through this counseling approach in a manner that helps the school counselor easily use this approach effectively with students."

Diane Smith, School Counselor
Smethport Area School District, PA

"The book provides a wealth of practical scenarios to demonstrate the application of a cognitive orientation framework to school counseling."

Katy Olweiler, Counselor
Lakeside School, Seattle, WA
Key features

Practice and feedback are central to this text. Case illustrations, case presentations with analyses of counselor actions, and the decision making processes underlying them, along with guided practice activities are used as 'teaching tools' throughout. The book is organized around the following sections:

  • Thinking and acting like an expert
  • Core constructs of cognitive counseling
  • Clinical illustrations of intervention strategies
  • In depth case verbatim (with "counselor thinking" superimposed )
  • Guided practice exercises to assist the reader in thinking and acting like an expert

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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