Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy

SKU# 9780826141125

An Evidence-Based Approach

Author: Bob Bertolino PhD


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Describes what actually works in therapy and how to achieve it

Grounded in over 50 years of outcome research, this comprehensive textbook focuses on outcomes management and the principles and core strategies for delivering competent and effective therapeutic practice. Applicable to all settings and models, the text illuminates four foundational principles of therapeutic practice: a strengths-based framework, collaborative practice, clinician effectiveness, and routine and ongoing outcome-oriented clinical work.

The book presents strategies for identifying, evoking, and using client strengths to promote behavioral health. It focuses on the importance of client engagement during initial interactions and describes advanced listening and attending strategies for strengthening the clinical alliance. A chapter on Matching and Classes of Interventions examines important processes for increasing client fit and treatment outcome. Clinical dialogues, vignettes, sample questions, anecdotes, practice exercises, printable forms, and online resources help to reinforce content. An appendix provides additional insights into outcome measures, graphs, and charts covered within the book, and a robust instructor packet includes an instructor’s manual, Power Point slides, and a test bank, as well as additional student exercises.

Key Features:

  • Describes current research and practice strategies for tracking therapeutic effectiveness
  • Underscores the fundamental principles and core strategies for delivering effective therapy
  • Provides specific, evidence-based ways to improve the benefit of therapy and therapist effectiveness
  • Presents strategies for identifying, evoking, and using client strengths to promote behavioral health
  • Delivers proven methods for monitoring client progress
  • Includes clinical dialogues, vignettes, sample questions, practice exercises, printable forms, and online resources
  • Provides instructor’s manual, Power Point slides, and test bank, as well as a free digital ebook

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 13, 2018
  • Page Count 307
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826141125

About The Author(s) 

Bob Bertolino, PhD, is Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling, Maryville University; Senior Clinical Advisor, Youth In Need, Inc.; and a Senior Associate; International Center for Clinical Excellence. He has taught over 500 workshops throughout the United States and 11 countries and authored or co-authored 14 books. Dr. Bertolino is a licensed marital and family therapist and professional counselor in the state of Missouri, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a National Board Certified Fellow in Hypnotherapy, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Table of Contents 


    Chapter 1: The Influence of the Therapist

    Chapter 2: Principles and Core Strategies of Effective Therapy

    Chapter 3: Early Client Engagement

    Chapter 4: Active Client Engagement (ACE): Information-Gathering Processes

    Chapter 5: Therapeutic Conversations for Achieving Structure and Direction Chapter 6: Matching and Classes of Intervention

    Chapter 7: Client Progress and the Benefits of Therapy: From Subsequent Sessions to Transition

    Chapter 8: Professional Development: Achieving Clinical Excellence Appendix A: Outcome Measures and Forms