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Thinking and Acting Like a Cognitive School Counselor

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School Counseling

June 2009 | 192 pages | Corwin

"The author successfully leads the school counselor through this approach in a manner that makes it easy for the reader to use the model effectively with students."
—Diane Smith, School Counselor
Smethport Area School District, PA

Help students change negative thinking by employing a cognitive model!

How people think affects how they behave. Because of this fundamental connection, cognitive therapy can produce rapid and effective treatment results. In this concise how-to guide, Richard D. Parsons presents theory, analysis, and practical suggestions to support a cognitive counseling framework and shows school counselors how to use that framework when working with students.

This book offers clear strategies for helping new and experienced counselors understand how thoughts connect to feelings and how to discern functional from dysfunctional thinking. To assist readers in developing their skills as cognitive school counselors, the author provides:

  • A reflective, meaning-making model as a basis for effective school counseling
  • An introduction to the fundamental principles of cognitive counseling
  • Clinical illustrations of intervention strategies targeting dysfunctional cognition
  • In-depth, verbatim case studies and guided practice exercises

Like Parsons' companion books on behavioral, solutions-focused, and eclectic counseling, Thinking and Acting Like a Cognitive School Counselor shows how new and even experienced counselors can put different therapies to practical use and move confidently from "knowing" to "doing."


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
 
References
 
Index

"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

Preface

Chapter 1


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