In COUNSELING IN CHALLENGING CONTEXTS, Michael Ungar integrates the best of what we know about individual and family counseling when working in clinical, community, and residential settings. Using a social ecological model of practice, this text shows through detailed case illustrations the practical application of strengths-based interventions that are sensitive to people's cultural and contextual differences. Two concepts, Navigation and Negotiation, organize the theory and its application to counseling practice with people of all ages who face complex challenges. A DVD with four demonstration videos shows how to put theory into practice (To see a sample of the videos, and to hear Dr. Ungar discuss the book, go to www.youtube.com and search: Counseling in Challenging Contexts).
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1. Counseling Contexts that Challenge.
2. Approaches to Counseling.
3. Resources and Their Meaning.
4. Context and Culture.
11. The Counselorís Workplace.
12. Intentional Practice, Ethics, and Alliances.
13. Clinical and Community Work Combined.
About the Author:
Michael Ungar is a university research professor, as well as a professor in the School of Social Work, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. His research is focused on understanding resilience among children and families across cultures and contexts. He has led several studies, including an 11-country program of research on positive development among at-risk youth. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as six books for parents, educators and helping professionals. In addition to research and writing, Dr. Ungar maintains a small family therapy practice for troubled children, youth and their families.