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ISBN-13: 978-1412959230 ISBN-10: 1412959233 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (November 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412959233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412959230
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD, one of the most prolific authors in the fields of psychology and education, is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton. He has authored more than a dozen texts for counselors and teachers that are used in universities around the world, as well as a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include: Counseling Skills for Teachers, On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Learning Group Leadership, and Changing People’s Lives While Transforming Your Own. Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, and private practice settings. He served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru (1980) and Iceland (2000) and has been a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal.


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Jeffrey A. Kottler has authored over 65 books in the field for counselors, therapists, teachers, and the public, including COMPASSIONATE THERAPY: WORKING WITH DIFFICULT CLIENTS; ON BEING A THERAPIST; COUNSELORS FINDING THEIR WAY; MAKING CHANGES LAST; COUNSELING SKILLS FOR TEACHERS; DIVINE MADNESS: TEN STORIES OF CREATIVE STRUGGLE; BAD THERAPY: MASTER THERAPISTS SHARE THEIR WORST FAILURES; THE CLIENT WHO CHANGED ME: STORIES OF THERAPIST PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION; and THE MUMMY AT THE DINING ROOM TABLE: EMINENT THERAPISTS REVEAL THEIR MOST UNUSUAL CASES AND WHAT THEY TEACH US ABOUT HUMAN BEHAVIOR.

Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, and private practice. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru and Iceland, teaching counseling theory and practice. He has also served as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, and Nepal. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Somebody on September 29, 2011
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The main problem with this book is the incredibly brief duration of the read. It has an appropriate tone, has different homework assignments the reader can attempt to build their skills, and covers several areas that psychology students and other people in the helping profession will want to consider. However, it is very fundamental, and assumes that you basically have no knowledge in the subject at all, which was certainly not the case for the class that this was a text for. Even if this were the case, there are other materials that cover all of the subjects in this book, and in much more detail (and covers other fundamental issues such as confidentiality and ethical concerns). It might not be a terrible read for someone just getting interested in the field, but I would recommend going for a lengthier, more in-depth resource myself. Some of the later chapters also cover issues that are appropriate to mention for consideration, but will be such complex and advanced skills (brief therapy/crisis intervention and group therapy) that a beginning counselor or psychotherapist would be greatly overwhelmed to even attempt doing either one. He basically concedes that himself, which to me indicates the main reason for including it wasn't just to bring it to people's attention, but to lengthen his very short book. That might sound unfair, but once you see the book for yourself, you might reconsider (you honestly could read this in a day, if not two, and the material presented is so valuable you should slow down and digest it, though its own design limits that inherently). I think there are lists and ideas listed in this material that would make excellent cheat sheets and checklists, but for my own purposes I would much rather hang onto a more valuable reference that hits the material harder in case I want to review some fundamentals.
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