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Thinking and Acting Like a Behavioral School Counselor by Richard D. Parsons

Thinking and Acting Like a Behavioral School Counselor


Thinking and Acting Like a Behavioral School Counselor by Richard D. Parsons

The books in this series represent the four key areas or theoretical constructs counsellors use when working with clients: Solution Focused, Behavioural, Cognitive, and Person-Centred. This resource provides counsellors a practical guide to learning to think and then ACT like an expert counsellor. The author focuses upon the development of the skills employed by behavioural counsellors as they process client data, develop case conceptualizations, and then formulate and implement specific treatment plans. Thinking and Acting Like a Behavioral Counselor provides extensive case illustrations and guided practice exercises to move the reader from simply 'knowing' to 'doing' and is ideal for training new and less experienced counsellors in what to say, how to say it, and why to say it.


After reading this book, I found myself thinking more behaviorally with my interactions with students. I plan to refer back to this book for ideas for fine-tuning some of what I do. -- Cynthia Knowles, Prevention Specialist This is the go-to training manual for those who received minimal behavioral exposure in their counseling program. -- Katy Olweiler, Counselor

About the Author

Richard D. Parsons, PhD, is a full professor in the Department of Counselor Education, at West Chester University. He has over 37 years of university teaching in counselor preparation programs. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pennsylvania Counselor of Year award, and has authored or co-authored over 80 professional articles, book chapters, and books. His most recent books include Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice in 2014, Becoming a Skilled Counselor in 2013 (both with SAGE), and a series of four training texts for school counselors grouped under the title, Transforming Theory into Practice (Corwin Press). Additional recent works include Fundamentals of the Helping Process (Waveland Press), Counseling Strategies That Work!: Evidence-Based for School Counselors (Allyn & Bacon), and Counseling Strategies and Intervention Techniques (Allyn & Bacon). His current project finds him editing a 35-book series for SAGE Publications, 11 of which cover the common core competencies for counselor preparation as outlined by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Programs (CACREP), with the remaining books targeting specialty areas.

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Publication date

17th August 2009


Richard D. Parsons

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SAGE Publications Inc


176 pages


Education: care & counselling of students



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