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Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 8th Edition 8th Edition

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New Features

  • An online and DVD program, "Theory in Practice: Counseling Stan," shows how the author works with Stan from each of the theoretical approaches covered in the book.

  • There is a new section on evidence-based practice and the trend toward accountability in counseling practice. Both sides of the controversy surrounding evidence-based practice are highlighted.

  • New to the theory chapters in Part 2 is a section on the applications of the concepts and techniques of each model to the practice of group counseling.

  • Chapter 15 ("An Integrative Perspective") is extensively revised and offers:

    • New coverage on the movement toward psychotherapy integration

    • Expanded coverage of the various routes to integration

    • New material on research demonstrating the importance of the therapeutic relationship

    • More discussion on the central role of the client in determining therapy outcomes

    • The case for practice-based evidence rather than evidence-based practice

    • Expanded and updated coverage of the conclusions from the research literature on the effectiveness of therapy.
  • Chapter objectives covering key concepts, the therapeutic process, and applications of techniques and procedures are now included.

Additional Features

  • The book covers contemporary theories of counseling, including psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, Gestalt, reality therapy, behavior therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, feminist therapy, family systems therapy, and post-modern approaches.

  • At-a-glance charts pinpoint the major differences between theories in areas such as multicultural focus, basic philosophies, and limitations. The charts also help users identify key differences between the approaches.

  • An accompanying User Manual helps readers apply theory to practice through summary charts, open-ended questions and cases, structured exercises, self-inventories, chapter quizzes, and a variety of activities.

  • A case study focusing on one client, "Stan," appears in each chapter, to demonstrate the application of all presented theories and make it easy for users to compare and contrast approaches. Now there is a new online and DVD program (Theory in Practice: Counseling Stan) that complements the "Stan" case study. The DVD shows how Jerry Corey works with Stan from each of the theoretical approaches covered in the book.

  • Online technology supplements for both the instructor and users include a downloadable Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation for instructors. Users have access to "Theory in Practice: The Case of Stan" DVD, online quizzing, and links to reliable, appropriate websites.

  • The book's flexible organization allows instructors to cover topics in any order they choose to best meet particular user or course design needs.

  • Corey's discussion of current ethical and professional issues facing counseling and human service professionals prepares users for the realities of practice.

  • A framework for creatively synthesizing the therapeutic models, along with step-by-step guidelines, enhance the book's focus on helping users draw from the various theoretical models to develop a personalized counseling style.

  • Two unique concluding chapters show users how to integrate the various theories when working with a client.

  • Sections on implications for multicultural practice have been revised in each theory chapter, exploring the question, "What would this theory be like if culture were to be made central to the theory?"

Explore this title's supplements:

Student Manual for Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (Eighth Edition)

Theory in Practice: The Case of Stan DVD (Eighth Edition)

The Art of Integrative Counseling (Second Edition)

CD-ROM for Integrative Counseling (First Edition)


"The section I think is most important is the "Therapeutic Process," as it really demonstrates the process from the perspective of both the client and the therapist. Additionally, this aspect is unique to this text. And these sections answer students' questions about how this approach really looks and feels in the therapy room. The multicultural perspective is particularly relevant for the diverse population that Florida International University trains, as diversity issues will surely arise for future counselors working with populations we have in our area."

"…responsibly integrates theory with a myriad of counseling skills, giving students better insight into what it means to be a counselor. The manuscript has nicely incorporated discussion points and possible techniques that can be adopted into various training models ensuring that counselors-in-training are becoming multiculturally competent. It has also provided students and faculty with a truer understanding of these issues as they relate to social justice."

"The biographical information that Dr. Corey provides for each theorist helps me, as a student, glean information about the character of the person writing the theory, and why certain aspects of a theory are important. In many of the chapters, the application of the theory in the case of Stan allows the student to get an idea of how the abstract parts of the theory can be played out in a real-life scenario. I also really like the multicultural perspective as it gives so much insight on how the theory will and will not work with clients that hold different cultural views than I do."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Brooks/Cole; 8th edition (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495102083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495102083
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gerald Corey is a Professor Emeritus of Human Services at California State University at Fullerton; a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology; a licensed psychologist; a National Certified Counselor; a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Counseling Psychology); a Fellow of the American Counseling Association; and a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Dr. Corey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in group counseling, as well as courses in experiential groups, the theory and practice of counseling, and ethics in counseling. He is the author or co-author of 15 counseling textbooks currently in print as well as numerous journal articles. Along with his wife, Marianne Schneider Corey, Dr. Corey has conducted group counseling training workshops for mental health professionals at many universities in the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, Belgium, Scotland, England, and Ireland. They received the Association for Specialists in Group Work's Eminent Career Award in 2001. Dr. Corey earned his doctorate in counseling from the University of Southern California.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susy C on October 7, 2010
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I found this to be an excellent resource of information, particularly the various therapeutic approaches. However, I was extremely disappointed that I had ordered via my Kindle rather than hard copy. The charts provided in the book are not legible in the Kindle edition and for $80+, I felt cheated from crucial study material contained in the compact format of the various charts.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Chapters are:
-Counselor characteristics and practice: This was useful for me since I haven't yet practiced
- Ethics: Unfortunately, you have to get the student manual to see the ethical standards of the various prof. organizations.
- Psychoanalitic
- Adlerian
- Existential
- Person-centered
- Gestalt
- Reality
- Behavior
- Cognitive-Behavior
- Family Systems
- Last section ties it all together
Each chapter on an approach starts with a bio on its main proponent, hits key concepts, describes the theraputic process, techniques and who it applies to. A token section of its application to multiculturalism (the author obviously doesn't live in Hawaii where the White European culture is a minority! [grin]) The author then critiques the method for its positive and negative points and tells how he incorporates it. I found this last very useful. There are from 3 to 6 books suggested for furthur in depth study (very useful!) and an extensive bibliography at the end of each chapter (for you grad students like me who have to write papers!)
Advantages - Very interesting. Lots of information. I like the personal comments on real life usefulness. I would have like more exact techniques (what to do, questionaires referenced, tests etc) but some of these are found in the student manual.
Disadvantages - DENSE! This is not an easy read. I notice that most psych articles and books use such complicated language - some of it is precise jargon but some of it isn't necessary. Also, it doesn't treat Transactional Analysis.
Student Manual - You probably should get this (see my review of it)
Overall: very useful. I'm glad it was required for my class. It is a keeper.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eliza Bennet VINE VOICE on August 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a very valuable resource that I know I'll use repeatedly when I begin my practice. While the medical model structure sometimes gets a little wearisome (with repeated information), overall the book is easy to read, thorough, and complete. I read the whole book, even the sections that were unassigned for the counseling theories class I was taking. How often does a text book make a student want to read it all? The on-line quizzes were also helpful. This is an excellent choice for a theories text.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Markella Kaplani on October 22, 2008
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This is an excellent book, and probably the best of its kind. It guides you through the various approaches to psychotherapy, giving you all the details necessary for you to comprehend each method fully as well as to compare the methods with one another. The comparison becomes even easier as Corey presents the case of "Stan" at the end of each chapter and demonstrates how each approach would deal with his dilemma. I think this book is interesting for anyone who likes psychology and psychotherapy, but is a must for people looking to go into the profession of psychotherapy in order to attain a broad perspective about techniques and approaches that may be employed according to one's personality and style, as well as each unique client's needs..
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
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Corey does a wonderful job detailing several perspectives of psychotherapy: psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, Gestalt, reality, behavioristic, cognitive-behavioristic, systemic, and an integrational perspective. This book is "heady" at points, but it does offer valuable insight into the field of therapy. This book is a must-read for beginners in the field. Another plus is the mention of existential thought as field of psychotherapeutic thought. Some texts do not include this important school. The text is neatly organized into standard sections. The only drawback is the lack of color and variety.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Pitt on December 19, 2008
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I was assigned this text for my Theories of Counseling class my first semester in graduate school. Corey does a great job of breaking down 14 different therapeutic theories into their most basic principles. This is a great book for anyone interested in learning about becoming a therapist or for that journeyman therapist who needs a quick refresher.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Just Me on August 17, 2003
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This book is an outstanding resource for seasoned therapists as well as those new to the work. One of the most unique parts of this book is the way it takes one case study and uses it to illustrate how each of the different perspectives would approach the same problem. This technique is far more effective than using different case studies to illustrate different techniques. The book also gives very detailed explanations of the perspectives, a little bio of the perspective founder, and also provides information on how to use the perspective in today's world. Another unique factor is that the book provides seperate sections within the chapters to explain the the role of the client and therapist. Of all the books I own this is the most comprehensive book that illustrates how each perspective contributes to each other, how they are similar, and how they are different, while demonstrating how a therapist can use each theory.
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