Higher Education

Conceptualization and Treatment Planning for Effective Helping, 1st Edition

  • Barbara F. Okun Northeastern University and Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • Karen Suyemoto University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • ISBN-10: 1133314058  |  ISBN-13: 9781133314059
  • 288 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
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Okun and Suyemoto's book addresses theory and skills for continuing beyond the first few sessions with a client, thus helping students take the "next step" from a basic understanding of interviewing skills to a conceptualization of the counseling process. CONCEPTUALIZATION AND TREATMENT PLANNING FOR EFFECTIVE HELPING teaches students how to integrate the many pieces of the helping process (e.g., theoretical orientation, the person of the therapist, the person of the client, the contexts that affect the clients, the therapy relationship, the context of the therapy, the skills and resources available, etc.) into a conceptualization that will foster efficacy in creating positive change.

Features and Benefits

  • Experiential exercises appear throughout the text, fostering a deeper knowledge acquisition with an active reading model.
  • The case of a client, Nancy, begins in Chapter 1 and recurs throughout the text to illustrate the progression through assessment, conceptualization, intervention, re-conceptualization, and termination.
  • Many additional case examples were added in both the text and exercises in order to illustrate how clients vary and to examine the interaction of contextual, personal, and relational variables that affect conceptualization and treatment planning.
  • "Appendix A: A Brief Review and Application of Established Theories" and "Appendix B: Exploring Your Experiences with Culture, Power, and Privilege" will be helpful in reminding trainees and consolidating previous learning.

Table of Contents

1. Exploring Conceptualization.
2. Exploring Influences of Personal Worldviews on Theoretical Orientation and Effective Case Conceptualization.
3. Conceptualizing Clients in Contexts.
4. Conceptualizing Therapeutic Relationships.
5. Dilemmas in Effective Helping.
6. Beginning Conceptualization: Gathering and Integrating Information.
7. Conceptualization, Treatment Planning, and Diagnosis.
8. Iterative Conceptualization and Treatment Planning.
9. Continuous Evaluation and Termination.
Appendix A: A Brief Review and Application of Established Theories.
Appendix B: Exploring Your Experiences with Power, Privilege and Oppression.
Appendix C: Nancy's Genogram.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Barbara F. Okun

: Barbara F. Okun, Ph.D., is a professor of counseling psychology at Northeastern University and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She is Training Director of the Counseling/School Doctoral program at Northeastern and teaches and supervises clinical courses. The author of numerous books and articles, Dr. Okun also trains mental health professionals internationally.

Karen Suyemoto

Karen L. Suyemoto, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has taught theory and practicum courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. She has provided consultation and training for therapists both locally and nationally, with particular focus on developing cultural sensitivity. Her research and teaching focus generally on issues related to social justice and anti-racist therapy, research, and education, particularly in relation to racialized identities, meanings of race and ethnicity, and contributing to social justice from both oppressed and privileged spaces.