Counseling Techniques

Counselor and Client Relationship


Introduction to Psychology: Types of Treatment

Authored by OpenStax College. Published by Lumen Learning

Excerpt from Humanistic Therapy:

“In client-centered therapy, the therapist uses the technique of active listening. In active listening, the therapist acknowledges, restates, and clarifies what the client expresses. Therapists also practice what Rogers called unconditional positive regard, which involves not judging clients and simply accepting them for who they are. Rogers (1951) also felt that therapists should demonstrate genuineness, empathy, and acceptance toward their clients because this helps people become more accepting of themselves, which results in personal growth… Humanistic therapy focuses on helping people achieve their potential. One form of humanistic therapy developed by Carl Rogers is known as client-centered or Rogerian therapy. Client-centered therapists use the techniques of active listening, unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathy to help clients become more accepting of themselves.” 

Addiction Science & Clinical Practice; Volume 5 Number 2

National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Institute of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (December 2010)

Research Reviews, Clinical Perspectives, and Science and Practice in Action are all part of this issue of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice.

Mentoring: A Guide for Drug Abuse Researchers

National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Institute of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (November 2009)

This guide focuses on the importance of quality mentorship and offers suggestions for creating a successful mentor-mentee relationship. The chapters that follow include information that places mentoring in the broader context of research training, data from surveys with mentees, guidance on good mentoring practices, discussion of some challenges to mentoring, and a listing of mentoring resources that can be accessed via the Internet.

Counseling Ethics : Philosophical and Professional Foundations

Christin M. Jungers & Jocelyn Gregoire. Danvers, MA. Springer Publishing Company. 2013.

Moving beyond the standard review of ethical issues and basic problem solving, this highly engaging new text for counseling professionals features innovative, experiential activities and case studies that promote in-depth thinking about the ethical, moral, and legal issues often confronted by counseling professionals. The book is designed to help counselors develop an appreciation for and confidence in their preferred set of philosophical ethics and become ethically autonomous professionals.

Counseling Theories and Techniques for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Professionals, Second Edition

Fong Chang. New York, NY. Springer Publishing Company. 2015

The only text about counseling theories and techniques developed specifically for upper-level rehabilitation counseling students and practitioners, this book is now fully updated with a focus on evidence-based practice. It reflects the great strides made in incorporating research-based knowledge into counseling/therapy interventions since the first edition’s publication nearly 10 years ago.


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