The Therapist in the Real World

The Therapist in the Real World : What You Never Learn in Graduate School (But Really Need to Know)

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Graduate school and professional training for therapists often focus on academic preparation, but there's a lot more that a therapist needs to know to be successful after graduation. With warmth, wisdom and expertise, Jeffrey A. Kottler covers crucial but under-addressed challenges that therapists face in their professional lives at all levels of experience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 155 x 234 x 25mm | 500g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 039371098X
  • 9780393710984
  • 771,430

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[A]n excellent resource for those in graduate school or early career professionals who want to be exposed to issues, concepts, conflicts, and challenges that they had not previously considered. . . . The settings and the scenarios presented are quite varied, and this is a strength of the book. . . . It is not possible in graduate school to learn everything you need to know to be an excellent helping professional. With this volume, Kottler provides graduate students and early career professionals with a look at what might lie ahead and a way to think about what may lie ahead that cannot currently be imagined.-- (12/28/2015) Professional therapists, particularly those newer to their practice, will find the book highly accessible in its writing and presentation of what to expect in the therapeutic experience. Students of clinical psychology will also especially benefit from the frank analysis undertaken to explain where training falls short, why, and what to do to find greater fulfillment in the field. . . . [H]ighly recommended for those students and practitioners experiencing burnout or who are otherwise unable to receive meaningful vocational advice from mentors.-- (11/01/2015) Kottler sets out to provide the unfiltered truth about being a therapist -- even if it alarms us. . . . [F]rank, but also encouraging. . . . Kottler offers useful strategies for survival . . . . [H]e shows us how to get the most out of supervision, use creativity to facilitate breakthroughs, admit when we are lost, express curiosity rather than doubt, and teach people to help us when we are stuck -- all pivotal skills of effective therapists in the real world.-- (11/01/2015)
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About Jeffrey A. Kottler

Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD, is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of psychology and education, having written over 80 books about a wide range of subjects, many of them featuring his lifelong interest in therapists' inner experience and path to excellence. Jeffrey has authored more than a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators, many of which represent stories of seminal change. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Some of Jeffrey's most popular books include On Being a Therapist, Learning Group Leadership, Change: What Leads to Personal Transformation, Divine Madness, The Therapist's Workbook, and On Being a Master Therapist: Practicing What We Preach. Jeffrey has served as a Fulbright Scholar and senior lecturer in Peru (1980) and Iceland (2000), as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. He has taught counseling and therapy in universities and workshops throughout the world. Jeffrey is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton and the University of St. Thomas (Houston), and the founder of Empower Nepali Girls, an organization that provides educational scholarship for at-risk children in Nepal.
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