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Ch 1: Counseling Theories & Techniques

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Use this chapter to review the various counseling theories and techniques. The video lessons and short quizzes will help you learn the historical and current theories of human behavior and models of counseling.

Counseling Theories & Techniques - Chapter Summary

Our expert instructors use this chapter to explain the definition of mental health counseling and to walk you through counseling theories such as Freud's psychoanalytic theory, behavioral theory, and cognitive-behavioral theories. You will also review the counseling techniques associated with these counseling theories. When you complete this chapter you will be able to:

  • Define mental heath counseling
  • Identify the importance of counseling theory and models
  • Discuss Freud's psychoanalytic theory on instincts, motivation, personality and development
  • Recognize techniques of behavioral theory, cognitive, and cognitive behavioral theories
  • Analyze the relationships of learning theories in counseling
  • Explain Carl Rogers' Humanistic theory
  • Describe theories of individual, marriage, couples, and group counseling theories

Our lessons are created by our professional instructors to be engaging and informative. The lessons are short and available at any time on any internet-connected device so you can study on your time. Utilize the lesson quizzes and the dashboard to keep track of your progress.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Counseling Theories & Techniques
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Mental Health Counseling: Definition & Techniques

1. Mental Health Counseling: Definition & Techniques

This lesson explores areas dealing with patients, mental health settings, and preventative measures that counselors can take when doing mental health counseling.

The Importance of Counseling Theory and Models

2. The Importance of Counseling Theory and Models

The importance of different theories in counseling practice is discussed in this lesson. Learn what evidence-based practice is and whether all theoretical models are used with each client.

Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

3. Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

Learn how Sigmund Freud's theories helped shape our modern understanding of human motivation and personality development. Review key terms and take a quiz at the end of the lesson to test your knowledge.

Behavioral Theory in Counseling: Techniques & Goals

4. Behavioral Theory in Counseling: Techniques & Goals

How do behavioral theorists use scientific methodology in counseling? How effective is this approach and what are its limitations? Learn the answers to these questions in this lesson.

Cognitive and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies

5. Cognitive and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies

Thought processes, emotions, and behaviors - oh my! Does the way we process information affect our emotional health and reactions to the world around us?

Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

6. Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

Carl Rogers is often credited with being one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century with contributions that include client-centered therapy, self-actualization, and the theory of self.

What is Individual Counseling? - Definition & Purpose

7. What is Individual Counseling? - Definition & Purpose

This lesson explores the basics of what individual counseling is from the counselor's perspective. Included is how individual counseling differs from group and family counseling as well as an explanation of the basic counseling process.

Marriage and Couples Counseling Theories

8. Marriage and Couples Counseling Theories

When a couple enters counseling, their counselor can hold various theoretical approaches that will guide evaluation and treatment. In this lesson, we will look at three common ones: psychoanalytic, social-cognitive, and strategic-structural.

Group Counseling Theories

9. Group Counseling Theories

Group counseling theories vary according to the philosophy behind them. We will look at four of the most popular group counseling theories, and how they are alike and unalike in this lesson.

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