Review: 40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know (2nd Edition) by Bradley T. Erford
If you are looking for a concise, yet thorough guide to various counseling techniques from different theoretical approaches, you might want to check out 40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know (2nd Edition) by Bradley T. Erford. This book, published by Pearson in 2015, is part of the Merrill Counseling series and is designed for both students and practitioners of counseling.
The book covers 40 counseling techniques, each presented in a separate chapter with a brief introduction, a theoretical basis, a step-by-step description, a transcript of a sample session, outcome research, multicultural implications, and variations. The techniques are organized into four sections: basic counseling skills, brief counseling techniques, techniques from diverse theoretical approaches, and techniques for specific populations and settings.
The basic counseling skills section includes techniques such as active listening, open and closed questions, paraphrasing, summarizing, reflection of feeling, clarification, and information giving. The brief counseling techniques section covers techniques such as solution-focused questions, exception questions, scaling questions, miracle questions, coping questions, formula first session task, and homework assignments. The techniques from diverse theoretical approaches section features techniques such as Adlerian or psychodynamic techniques (e.g., early recollections, lifestyle assessment), gestalt techniques (e.g., empty chair technique, I take responsibility for statements), mindfulness techniques (e.g., body scan meditation, loving-kindness meditation), humanistic-phenomenological techniques (e.g., unconditional positive regard, accurate empathy), social learning techniques (e.g., modeling, behavioral rehearsal), cognitive techniques (e.g., cognitive restructuring, thought stopping), and cognitive-behavioral techniques (e.g., exposure therapy, relaxation training). The techniques for specific populations and settings section includes techniques such as play therapy techniques (e.g., child-centered play therapy, sand tray therapy), family therapy techniques (e.g., genogram construction and analysis, family sculpting), group counseling techniques (e.g., group rules and expectations setting, group cohesion building), and career counseling techniques (e.g., career genogram, card sort).
The book is user-friendly and easy to read. Each chapter is concise and consistent in format. The author provides clear explanations of the theoretical basis and the practical steps of each technique. The transcripts of sample sessions are helpful in illustrating how the techniques can be applied in real situations. The outcome research section summarizes the evidence for the effectiveness of each technique based on empirical studies. The multicultural implications section discusses the cultural sensitivity and relevance of each technique for working with diverse clients. The variations section suggests some ways to modify or adapt each technique to suit different needs or preferences.
The book is also comprehensive and current. It covers a wide range of counseling techniques from various theoretical orientations and for various populations and settings. It reflects the latest developments and trends in the field of counseling. It incorporates recent research findings and best practices in counseling. It addresses the ethical and professional issues related to counseling practice.
In conclusion, 40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know (2nd Edition) by Bradley T. Erford is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the art and science of counseling. It offers a succinct overview of 40 counseling techniques that can be used to help clients achieve their goals and enhance their well-being. It is suitable for both novice and experienced counselors who want to expand their repertoire of skills and knowledge. aa16f39245