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Essential Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Everyday Practice in Our Diverse World (First Edition)
Dr. Carlos Zalaquett, Dr. Allen Ivey, and Dr. Mary Bradford Ivey
©2019, 468 pages

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    Essential Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Everyday Practice in Our Diverse World is the first book to provide an integrated presentation of relational competencies, microskills, and theories. Clear and concise, it gives an overview of current theories, presents best-known evidence-based relationships and practices, and explains how theories apply to counseling and psychotherapy.

    Students not only learn about the traditional theories such psychodynamic, behavioral, existential, humanistic, cognitive/behavioral, and multicultural, but also learn newer theories on motivational interviewing, solution focused, and ACT. In addition, neuroscience findings are integrated to show how psychotherapy changes our brains. Student learning is enhanced via reflection and applied exercises, theory application examples, and case demonstrations to reinforce student learning. The book's unique focus on multicultural and social justice awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions fills a gap and helps students bridge what they learn in the classroom with the application of theory in the real world.

    Intended for both graduate and undergraduate courses, Essential Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy is an ideal foundational text for theory courses found in departments of counseling, psychology, human services, marriage and family therapy, and counselor education.

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    Dr. Carlos Zalaquett is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University, where he also serves as co-coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization. He is the president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology and the president of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Counselors Association.
    Dr. Allen Ivey earned his doctorate in counseling at Harvard University and is distinguished university professor (emeritus) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a past president and fellow of the Society for Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association, as well as fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race and the Asian American Psychological Association.
    Dr. Mary Bradford Ivey earned her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A fellow of the American Counseling Association, her elementary guidance program was named one of the top ten in the United States. She has lectured widely throughout the United States and internationally, and is the author of multiple books, chapters, and articles.
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    Adopting instructors will receive a letter from the authors; an instructor's manual that helps educators understand the organization of the book, its goals and features, contains the answers to the book’s questions and exercises, and provides suggested approaches for teaching course material; a sample syllabus; 13 PowerPoint presentations, one for each chapter of the text; and a test bank featuring over 800 individual questions and 39 unique question sets.
    “We have now considerable knowledge about effective counseling and therapeutic interventions. However, much is still unknown regarding the mechanisms through which these empirically based interventions operate. Counselors and psychotherapist need to be aware of the most effective psychosocial mechanism that positively or negatively influence neuroplasticity across various stages of development. For the last decades neuroscience research has substantially contribute to clarify those mechanisms. We are now starting to more clearly understand the relationship between brain, mind, and health. In this new edition, Zalaquett, Ivey, Ivey do a fantastic job in showing how neuroscience findings can be translated into more effective counselling and psychotherapy intervention. This is an essential reading for all the health providers committed to the promotion of positive brain plasticity in mental health.”
    Óscar F. Gonçalves, Ph.D.
    Neuropsychophysiology Lab, School of Psychology, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar
    Spaulding Neuromodulation Center
    Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School

    “This is a foundational textbook for aspiring counselors and psychotherapists; it will serve them extremely well in their journey to become empathic, intentional, culturally competent, humble practitioners. The authors have masterfully distilled decades of theoretical developments, research and practice to achieve an insightful, readily accessible, integrative account of what makes counseling and psychotherapy work. Readers are actively engaged through relevant, reflective exercises that will help them clarify their own stances vis-à-vis some of the most complex matters they are bound to face as mental health practitioners.”
    Andrés J. Consoli, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology
    Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
    University of California Santa Barbara

    “[This book] provides a refreshing resource to aid in the teaching of foundational theories of counseling and psychotherapy. This text emphasizes modern applications of traditional theories with an emphasis on multiculturalism and neuroscience. The accessible language, reflective exercises, and relevant examples of this text will surely be a go-to resource for educators and students alike.”
    Eric T. Beeson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, CRC
    Core Faculty, The Family Institute at Northwestern University

    “The authors had me at “healing”: the word they include in the introductory lines of the Preface of their book.

    Whilst this excellent and substantial book may have been created to be primarily a textbook for students and teachers in the counseling and psychotherapeutic fields, it is both rich and enriching with information, reflection and practice exercises, tables, diagrams, photos, and more - which makes it a gem of a book for anyone interested in helping themselves and others they care about.

    It is pleasure to read and refer to “Essential Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy”, with its clear structure, description of specific chapter goals in each chapter, its consideration of the importance of multicultural awareness and the how-to’s, incorporation of up to date research and solid descriptions of foundational approaches in the counseling and psychotherapeutic world, and opportunities for the reader to self-reflect in addition to considering applications in the real world of the valuable material presented.

    With ease, and elegance, the core prerequisites for understanding the variety of paths to mental, emotional and behavioral well-being are provided, under a broad umbrella of integration, empathy and care.

    Many books about counseling and psychotherapy offer a breadth of information as this one does, yet this one stands out with its implicit and explicit encouragement of readers to not only think about finding solutions to issues that are presented by clients and others who we care about, but to also have the intention to heal, not just to ‘fix’. Compassion rules!

    Written by three of the most recognized and respected practitioners and teachers in the counseling field, this is a remarkable book that can not only powerfully and directly help those who read it, but will also indirectly help the people that those readers will more effectively help - thanks to what they learn from Carlos Zalaquett, Allen Ivey and Mary Bradford Ivey.”

    Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, Adjunct Professor Columbia University TC, Psychologist, Mental Health
    Counselor, Author, Presenter

    “Zalaquett, Ivey, and Ivey have written a comprehensive, detailed, and well thought-out book that combines theory, research, and innovative approaches to psychotherapy and counseling. I found the book particularly useful because it bridges the gap between the “traditional” and its applications in today’s multicultural and neuroscience worlds, which requires more expanded ways of interpreting and implementing theories from strength-based perspectives. Their ability to honor the historical underpinnings of psychotherapy theories, while making these theories relevant to racial/ethnic, gender and social justices issues, is what makes this book unique, but also highly relevant. There are few books available that provide this level of detail, without losing readers to discussions of theory that are often hard for students to translate from the classroom to the community. The examples, exercises, and real-world scenarios presented throughout the book will allow students to transfer theory into community action, beyond just individual psychotherapy and counseling.”
    Miguel E. Gallardo, Psy.D. Professor of Psychology
    Director, Aliento, The Center for Latina/o Communities
    Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology