Drawing on his decades of experience training marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and pastoral counselors, he answers that question in the updated edition of his landmark book: Basic Counseling Techniques.
He provides practical suggestions for setting up the therapy room, using audiovisual recording equipment, and conducting those first critical interviews. You'll learn how to:
apply nine different sets of clinical tools; select the appropriate tool for the appropriate clinical situation; and improve how you carry out the clinical thinking process.
Each chapter concludes with a "Living into the Lesson" section that allows you to participate in experiential exercises to master what you've learned.
While designed for counselors and therapists in the beginning of their careers, even veterans in the field will find value in this updated edition.
Students in counseling or therapy training programs will find Basic Counseling Techniques an essential part of their studies. This textbook gives the basic steps to actually applying nine different sets of clinical tools, and guidelines for selecting the appropriate tool for the appropriate clinical situation. That makes this textbook unique in the field. Another unique feature is this textbooks practical suggestions for setting up the therapy room, using audio-visual recording equipment, and making covert interactions overt. Each of the fifteen chapters concludes with a "Living Into the Lesson" section to give the reader experiential exercises to apply that chapters skills.
Training program directors will find this book invaluable for students who will soon begin their practicum. Beginning therapists, both interns and recent graduates, will find it irreplaceable in building their own professional "toolkit."
The book begins with some necessary background on listening skills and on the rules by which all human systems, from families to congregations to multinational organizations, operate. With this foundation in place, each succeeding chapters describes a particular kind of sheep which will be found in every religious body. Listening is indeed key to diagnosing each type of sheep. As the author points out, to diagnose actually means to listen thoroughly. Dr. Perry shows how to listen to the words and the actions of the people in the congregation to understand what type of sheep you are working with. Each chapter also shows what happens when this type of sheep become a shepherd, that is, when the sheep becomes a leader of the body. The results are often fascinating. All the more so because the practical suggestions Dr. Perry provides are based on research into and observations of many different religious groups. You are sure to hear someone you know in this book.