Counseling Theories and Techniques for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Professionals, Second Edition

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Counseling Theories and Techniques for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Professionals, Second Edition

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  • Fong Chan PhD, CRC
  • Norman L. Berven PhD
  • Kenneth R. Thomas DEd

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The only text about counseling theories and techniques developed specifically for upper-level rehabilitation counseling students and practitioners, this book is now fully updated with a focus on evidence-based practice. It reflects the great strides made in incorporating research-based knowledge into counseling/therapy interventions since the first edition's publication nearly 10 years ago. The book disseminates the expertise of many of the most esteemed leaders and academic scholars in rehabilitation counseling. These authors emphasize state-of-the-art scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of various counseling approaches and techniques for people with and without disabilities.

New topics include evidence-based practice related to counseling/psychotherapy and motivational interviewing. Methodologies include person-centered counseling, solution-focused brief therapy, gestalt therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapies, psychodynamic therapy, and an Adlerian approach. The book describes basic counseling skills for rehabilitation, including motivational interviewing, group procedures, family counseling, and career and vocational counseling. Also addressed are counseling for individuals with substance abuse disorders, physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and multicultural issues in counseling. Additionally, the book covers such professional issues as supervision in rehabilitation settings and managing risk. Case studies highlight the application of theories and techniques, and each chapter also includes learning objectives and discussion exercises. Accompanying ancillaries include an instructor's manual containing a sample syllabus, an item bank for developing quizzes and exams, and classroom exercises, and PowerPoint presentations for each chapter. The text also serves as a valuable reference for rehabilitation and related health professions such as nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and social work.


  • Emphasizes state-of-the-art scientific evidence that supports the effectiveness of leading rehabilitation counseling theories and techniques
  • Focuses on counseling theories and techniques regarding rehabilitation and health and chronic illness and disability
  • Serves as a text for upper-level rehabilitation counseling students and a reference for rehabilitation counseling professionals
  • Includes new chapters on evidence-based practice regarding counseling and therapy and motivational interviewing
  • Instructor's manual and PowerPoint presentations

Fong Chan, PhD, CRC, received his PhD in rehabilitation counseling psychology from the University of WisconsinñMadison in 1983. He is a full professor and director of clinical training (PhD Rehabilitation Psychology Program) in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, University of WisconsinñMadison. He is also the codirector of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Evidence-Based Vocational Rehabilitation Practices. Before joining the faculty at University of WisconsinñMadison in 1992, he was on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology for 4 years and the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for 5 years. He is a certified rehabilitation counselor, a licensed psychologist, and a fellow in the American Psychological Association. Dr. Chan has more than 30 years of experience conducting applied rehabilitation research in the topical areas of psychosocial interventions, demand-side employment, transition and postsecondary education, evidence-based practice, and research methodologies. Dr. Chan has published over 250 refereed journal articles and book chapters. In addition, he is the editor of four textbooks: Case Management for Rehabilitation Health Professionals; Counseling Theories and Techniques for Rehabilitation Health Professionals; Understanding Psychosocial Adjustment to Chronic Illness and Disability: A Handbook for Evidence-Based Practitioners in Rehabilitation; and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination Preparation: A Concise Guide to the Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling. He also served as the co-chair for the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration's 33rd Institute for Rehabilitation Issues on Evidence-Based Practice.

Norman L. Berven, PhD, is professor emeritus in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, University of WisconsinñMadison, having served on the faculty since 1976, and he has chaired the rehabilitation psychology program for more than 20 years. He previously held positions as a rehabilitation counselor at the San Mateo County Mental Health Service in California (now the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services), as a research associate at the ICD Rehabilitation and Research Center (now the Institute for Career Development) in New York City, and as an assistant professor at Seton Hall University. He is licensed as a psychologist and as a professional counselor by the state of Wisconsin and also holds the certified rehabilitation counselor credential. He is a fellow in the American Psychological Association and is a member of several professional associations in counseling, rehabilitation counseling, assessment, and counselor education. He has published more than 80 journal articles and book chapters on topics related to rehabilitation counseling, assessment, and counselor education and training. He has received the James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), the ARCA Distinguished Professional Award, the American Counseling Association (ACA) Research Award, and 10 ARCA Research Awards. He has also received distinguished alumni awards from the Graduate Programs in Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa and from the rehabilitation psychology program at the University of WisconsinñMadison.

Kenneth R. Thomas, DEd, received his undergraduate and graduate education at Penn State University and his psychoanalytic education at the Center for Psychoanalytic Study in Chicago. Prior to receiving his doctoral degree, Dr. Thomas worked as a rehabilitation counselor for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation at the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Center in Johnstown. Following a 1-year academic appointment in the counselor education program at Penn State, he joined the faculty at the University of WisconsinñMadison. At Wisconsin, he held several administrative positions, including chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, chair of the Department of Therapeutic Science, and director of the Educational and Psychological Training Center within the School of Education. He was awarded professor emeritus status at the university in 2002. He has published three books and more than 125 refereed journal articles and book chapters in the areas of counseling, rehabilitation, disability, and psychoanalysis. He is a past president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), a fellow in three divisions of the American Psychological Association, and a recipient of the James Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research from the ARCA. He has also received the University of Wisconsin School of Education Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, and he holds Alumni Fellow status at Penn State University.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 18, 2015
  • Page Count 512
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826198679
  • EISBN 9780826198686

Table of Contents 





1. An Introduction to Counseling for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Professionals

Norman L. Berven, Kenneth R. Thomas, and Fong Chan


Humanistic Approaches

2. Person-Centered Counseling

John See and Brian Kamnetz

3. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Ebonee T. Johnson, Garrett Huck, Jessica Brooks, Erin Moser, John Blake, and Fong Chan

4. Gestalt Therapy

Charles Edmund Degeneffe and Ruth Torkelson Lynch

Cognitive and Behavioral Approaches

5. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Elizabeth A. Boland, Timothy N. Tansey, and Jessica Brooks

6. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Malachy Bishop and Allison R. Fleming

7. Behavior Therapy

Jennifer L. Stoll and Jessica Brooks

8. Trait–Factor Theory and Counseling Process

John F. Kosciulek, Brian N. Phillips, and Michelle C. Lizotte

Psychodynamic Approaches

9. Psychodynamic Therapy

Hanoch Livneh and Jerome Siller

10. Adlerian Therapy

Mary O’Connor Drout, Rochelle V. Habeck, and Warren R. Rule


11. Basic Counseling Skills

Norman L. Berven and Jill L. Bezyak

12. Motivational Interviewing

Trevor J. Manthey, Jessica Brooks, Fong Chan, Linda E. Hedenblad, and Nicole Ditchman

13. Group Procedures

Nicole Ditchman, Eun-Jeong Lee, and Ruth A. Huebner

14. A Family Systems and Social–Ecological Perspective for Rehabilitation Health Professionals

Maria-Cristina Cruza-Guet, Robert A. Williams, and Julie A. Chronister

15. Career and Vocational Counseling

David R. Strauser, Timothy N. Tansey, and Deirdre O’Sullivan


16. Substance Use Disorders, Disability, and Counseling Interventions

Elizabeth da Silva Cardoso, Arnold Wolf, Susan Miller Smedema, Jessica Brooks, and Michele Mahr

17. Counseling People With Physical Disabilities

Erin Martz

18. Counseling Interventions for People With Psychiatric Disabilities

Patrick Corrigan and Nev Jones

19. Multicultural Rehabilitation Counseling: Optimizing Success With Diversity

Elias Mpofu and Debra A. Harley


20. Clinical Supervision

James T. Herbert and Tierra A. Caldwell

21. Managing Risk in Professional Practice

Linda R. Shaw, Abigail Akande, and Jodi Wolff