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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.
- 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.
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.