Constructive Counseling Theories Analytical Essay by Sumba

Constructive Counseling Theories
This paper discusses the application of constructive counseling theories in a constructive psychotherapy framework for career counselors.
# 117604 | 2,389 words | 6 sources | APA | 2009 | KE
Published on Dec 10, 2009 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Social) , Psychology (Therapies) , Sociology (Theory)

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In this article, the writer focuses on the development of an overall constructive framework encompassing the principles of constructivism and therapeutic approaches that amounts to a comprehensive framework. The paper provides for methods like basic centering techniques, problem solving, basic behavioral and cognitive techniques, pattern work, basic process work, meditation and embodiment, drama, fantasy and dream work. Stream of consciousness, self-relationship as well as spiritual skills is also captured. The writer notes that counseling helps employees to solve personal problems that affect work performance. The writer discusses that constructive psychotherapy is based on five fundamental themes that form the framework to be used by constructive counselors in the counseling process.

Constructive Framework
Meaning Making and Order
Core Ordering Process

From the Paper:

"A counselor employing constructivism principle should be more open minded in carrying out career counseling because effective counseling based on this principle requires that different methods like problem solving and behavioral and cognitive techniques are interchanged and used together to give the desired results. This eliminates total reliance in a step by step model of career counseling in constructive framework. Self awareness in a client increases the possibility of meaning making. Human psychological processes can have a direct bearing and in the kind of life they live and how they perceive life in general. In this constructive framework, distressful experiences are positively perceived as a factor that stimulates an individual to reflect back on ideas, thoughts and experiences hence contributing to meaning making. Constructive psychotherapy is about helping the client in constructing and deconstructing the skills that are inherent in the client by employing various psychotherapeutic approaches during the process. In this constructivist framework, various relaxation techniques should be adopted."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Freeman, A, Mahoney, M. J, Paul D, Donna M. (2004). Cognition and Psychotherapy (2nd Ed). New York: Springer Publishing Company. P.353-355.
  • Mahoney, M. J, Michenbaum, D. (1995). Cognitive and Constructive Psychotherapies: Theory, Research and Practice. New York: Springer. P. 203.
  • Walsh, B. W, Savickas, M. (2005). Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. P.392
  • Sandhu, D. S, (2002). Counseling Employees: A Multifaceted Approach. New York: American Counseling Association. P. 225
  • Mahoney, M. J. (2003). Constructive Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide. New York: Guilford Press. P.74, 138, 180

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