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Applying Neuroscience to Counseling Children and Adolescents

A Guide to Brain-Based Experiential Interventions

Applying Neuroscience to Counseling Children and Adolescents: A Guide to Brain-Based, Experiential Interventions explores the neurobiological underpinnings of child and adolescent development and encourages readers to apply neuroscience-informed interventions and strategies to counseling practice.

The book provides an overview and foundational perspective on neuroscience-informed child and adolescent counseling; covers models and modes of counseling from a neuroscience perspective; and examines common clinical presentations when working with children and adolescents. Individual chapters address ethical and cultural considerations, counseling theory and neuroscience, neuroscience of play, using neuroscience in working with parents and caregivers, and neuroscience-informed interventions to treat anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, substance misuse, and attention and behavioral issues.

Each chapter features two primary cases, one for a young child and one for an adolescent, conceptualized from real-life clients. The chapters present practical interventions and a sample of counselor-client dialogue to help readers understand how an intervention might unfold during a session.

Applying Neuroscience to Counseling Children and Adolescents bridges the gap between textbooks that cover neuroscience and counseling children and adolescents independently. It is an ideal supplemental text for courses on incorporating neuroscience in counseling.

Counseling Children and Adolescents

A Developmental Guide

Counseling Children and Adolescents focuses on relationship building and creating a deep level of understanding of developmental, attachment, and brain-based information.

Chapters place a clear emphasis on building strengths and developing empathy, awareness, and skills. By going beyond theory, and offering a strengths-based, attachment, neuro- and trauma-informed perspective, this text offers real-world situations and tried and true techniques for working with children and adolescents. Grounded in research and multicultural competency, the book focuses on encouragement, recognizing resiliency, and empowerment.

This book is an ideal guide for counselors looking for developmentally appropriate strategies to empower children and adolescents.

Career-Focused Counseling

Integrating Culture, Development, and Neuroscience

Career-Focused Counseling: Integrating Culture, Development, and Neuroscience provides readers with a highly practical, research-based guide that focuses on understanding the individual and applying counseling skills to career-related concerns. The book approaches career development and theory through the lens of counseling, and views career concerns as just one of many issues clients present.

Opening chapters present ethical and historical considerations in the field, neuroscience basics, and a detailed discussion of culture and diversity in career-focused counseling. Additional chapters cover the essentials of career-focused counseling and theory and assessment. Readers learn about leading career theories and their application, as well as career-focused counseling in K-12 settings and within the contexts of emerging adulthood and adulthood. Closing chapters cover a myriad of concerns in career-focused counseling, illuminating the interplay of career, mental health, and modern life. The book’s coverage of timely issues—including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Resignation, trauma-informed care, and more—render it a highly contemporary and relevant resource.

Career-Focused Counseling is an exceptional training tool for counselors working—or planning to work—in school, agency, and community settings.

Essentials of Career Focused Counseling

Cultivating Empathic Connection

Essentials of Career Focused Counseling: Integrating Theory, Practice, and Neuroscience posits that career counseling, rather than being vocational rehabilitation, career guidance, or employment counseling, is counseling related to career issues. This vital shift in understanding changes the counseling approach and frees counselors to engage from an empowered perspective with career-related presenting problems. 

Through the use of vignettes, reflection questions, and case studies, students are able to explore topics such as career development theory, career and mental health, career-focused counseling in K-12, college and emerging adulthood settings, and multicultural considerations in career-focused counseling. Each section of the book incorporates neuroscience in a natural way that assists counselors in understanding clients’ issues and supports the natural connections between career and counseling. 

Essentials of Career-Focused Counseling successfully builds on counselor identity and how it can best be applied to the true career issues that clients bring to counseling settings. It is an ideal primary text for upper division and graduate level courses in career development and counseling.

Practicum in Counseling

A Developmental Guide

Practicum in Counseling: A Developmental Guide is designed to guide counselors-in-training through a meaningful practicum experience. The text utilizes a developmental approach to empower students and encourage them to commit to professional growth and the development of their counselor identity. 

The text is divided into four sections. In Section One, students learn their role in practicum, how to establish a working relationship with their site supervisor, what to expect onsite during the first week, and more. In Section Two, they learn how to make contact with their first client, review basic helping skills, consider ethical and legal issues, explore the role of diversity in counseling work, and learn how to handle critical incidents. Section Three addresses the importance of supervision, self-advocacy, wellbeing, and personal agency in becoming an effective counselor. Practicum assessment and evaluation are also explored. The final section focuses on the conclusion of practicum and the beginning of an internship. Students learn how to transition their responsibilities and terminate work with their clients. They are encouraged to assess their knowledge, skills, and values to shape their goals for their internship. 

Featuring voices from students who’ve completed practicum, as well as valuable and highly applicable information from the authors, Practicum in Counseling is a winning resource for counselors-in-training enrolled in a practicum course.

Neuroscience for Counselors and Therapists

Integrating the Sciences of the Mind and Brain

The second edition of Neuroscience for Counselors and Therapists: Integrating the Sciences of the Mind and Brain presents students with an accessible, insightful discussion of the virtues and vices of integrating neuroscience into existing models of counseling practice. The text boasts an emphasis on practical application, helping readers better understand the relationship between particular theories and neuroscience, then offering guidance as to how they can incorporate this knowledge into personal practice. 

The book begins with an introduction to neuroscience and a chapter dedicated to exploring the structure and function of the brain. The four major theoretical paradigms are discussed in individual chapters, integrating neuroscience into each and demonstrating this integration through a client vignette. Four prominent disorders that appear frequently in therapy are covered in a comparative, integrative way across the four treatment paradigms. 

For the second edition, all references have been updated to reflect cutting-edge research within the discipline. Additionally, newly developed Cultural Considerations sections, which appear in each chapter, help students identify the challenges of integration as they relate to diverse populations and individual cultural experiences. 

Neuroscience for Counselors and Therapists is an innovative yet reader-friendly text that is well suited for courses in counseling and psychotherapy.

Neuroscience for Counselors and Therapists

Integrating the Sciences of the Mind and Brain

The first edition of Neuroscience for Counselors and Therapists: Integrating the Sciences of the Mind and Brain provides an accessible overview of the structure and function of the human brain, including how the brain influences and is influenced by biology, environment, and experiences. Full of practical applications, this cutting-edge book explores the relationships between recent neuroscience findings and counseling theories and then uses these integrated results to address four categories of common life disturbances: anxiety, depression, stress, and addictions. The book’s case-based approach helps readers understand the language of neuroscience and learn how neuroscience research can enhance their understanding of human thought, feeling, and behaviors.



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