Systematic Counseling: A Simplistic Model for Counselors?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 760–761. Reviews the book, Systematic Counseling: A Guide for the Practitioner by Joseph H. Brown and Carolyn S. Brown (1977). This book represents an attempt to describe the process of counseling in an organized sequence of stages. Emphasis is placed on defining client concerns and counseling outcomes in terms of observable behaviors, thereby seeking to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of intervention strategies. Brown and Brown have intended their book to be “a practical guide for trainees in the helping professions including school counselors, school psychologists, and community mental health workers.” The counseling system presented in the text follows a flow chart, beginning with the referral, moving through various stages of goal definition and election of intervention strategies, and ending with termination and evaluation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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