Higher Education

The Elements of Counseling, 7th Edition

  • Scott T. Meier State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Susan R. Davis
  • ISBN-10: 0495813338  |  ISBN-13: 9780495813330
  • 128 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2001
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $58.50
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Widely known and appreciated for its simplicity, clarity, and brevity, THE ELEMENTS OF COUNSELING provides a simple conceptual framework for thinking about counseling. Covering the basic elements of counseling in an abbreviated outline format, Meier and Davis use counselor/client dialog to introduce students to counseling skills and effectively demonstrate each necessary skill in a 'real world' setting. THE ELEMENTS OF COUNSELING presents information that is essential both for beginning counselors to know, and for experienced counselors to remember. Meier and Davis address key topics including relationship building, the counseling process, self-exploration, and the foundations upon which further intervention is laid. Furthermore, the authors go back to basics by addressing what counseling is, as well as what it is not. The result is a handy primer that gives students the framework upon which to build their counseling knowledge.

Features and Benefits

  • This brief textbook, which introduces students to counseling theories in a concise overview format, is organized into two parts. Part One provides 43 practical guidelines for counseling, while Part Two includes information on the various counseling theories and modalities, such as group counseling or family counseling.
  • THE ELEMENTS OF COUNSELING contains ready-to-use guidelines that outline important information and skills essential to the helping process.
  • In addition to focusing on applicable theory, Meier and Davis also spend time on the pragmatic concerns of counseling, such as keeping up with research and documenting work.
  • Client and therapist dialogues, found throughout the book, illustrate important points and enhance student understanding.
  • Eye-catching reference sections direct students to further reading on topics covered in the textbook, and encourage them to explore the concepts in greater depth.

Table of Contents

1: Setting the Stage: Counseling Process.
2: Strategies to Assist Clients in Self-Exploration.
3: A Few Mistaken Assumptions.
4: Important Topics.
5: Counselor, Know Thyself.
6: A Brief Introduction to Intervention.

What's New

  • Amplified coverage of outcome assessment includes both nomothetic (a general test suitable for all clients) and idiographic (an assessment created for a particular client) approaches.
  • The all-new Therapy section in Chapter 6, "A Brief Introduction to Intervention," brings the text completely up-to-date with discussions of several newer therapies, including Schema Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
  • The authors have revised and improved the section on Narrative Therapy.
  • Chapter 4, "Important Topics," now includes timely sections regarding learning about grief and trauma. This content is designed to assist the many professionals in the field who are working with an increasing number of returning military and their families from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Bundle: Elements of Crisis Intervention: Crisis and How to Respond to Them, 3rd + The Elements of Counseling, 7th

ISBN-10: 1111979278 | ISBN-13: 9781111979270

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Instructor Supplements

Web Site (Web Quiz)  (ISBN-10: 0495903396 | ISBN-13: 9780495903390)

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Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 0495814105 | ISBN-13: 9780495814108)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Scott T. Meier

Scott T. Meier is a licensed psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is associate professor and co-director of training for the Program in Counseling and Educational Psychology, SUNY Buffalo.

Susan R. Davis

Susan R. Davis is a licensed psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is in full-time private practice and is President of Behavioral Healthcare Network, a professional association of independent mental health clinicians in Western New York.