The book discusses the importance of acquiring the necessary cognitive skills to “think like a counselor.” Case illustrations, presentations, and analyses in combination with directed activities, provide opportunities for both practice and feedback. Each chapter includes a description of the theoretical constructs presented in the chapter, supporting research, clinical illustrations of the concepts and constructs, and guided practice.
Designed to help those new to the field, Intentional Counseling moves beyond the traditional discussion of counseling theories to demonstrate their values in guiding practice decisions. Intentional Counseling helps the reader employ organizing schema to data reception, storage, and utilization, all in service of procedural knowledge. Illustrated through application of solution-based, cognitive, behavioral, reality therapy/choice theory, and feminist counseling theories, the book trains readers to think like experts, and then act accordingly.