Human services professionals face tremendous challenges today. Clients, government agencies, and other funders increasingly expect professionals to produce measurable and verifiable outcomes. The main goal with this textbook is to help students better understand the utility of research to human services. That is to say, the book presents research as a tool for practice, something that can be used to help professionals in their work with clients, designing programs and services, and advocating for policy changes. In addition to presenting research as a tool for practice, the book also emphasizes connections between human service research and practice, stressing that each plays important and complementary roles in addressing social and personal problems. This textbook is primarily an introduction to social research as it relates to the human services. There are two new main features to this edition. Each chapter opens with a Vignette describing a situation in which a human services professional is faced with a task or dilemma that can be addressed through research or by employing a research technique in practice. The second new major feature is the Practitioner Profile, included in most chapters. These Practitioner Profiles present actual human services professionals who are not professional researchers but nonetheless incorporate research methods into their practice. Similar to the Practitioner Profiles, several chapters also include one or more Research in Practice features designed to help students better understand applications of research methods and concepts and the overall research process. At the end of each chapter, there is a list and brief description of the Main Points of the chapter, which serves as a review of the major concepts covered. Following the Main Points is a list of Important Terms for Review. Following the Important Terms for Review are three sets of questions, critical thinking, evaluating competency, and self-assessment.
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This second edition provides state-of-the-art treatment relevant to the dominant theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy from a rehabilitation and mental health counseling perspective. In all cases, the chapters were contributed by rehabilitation health professionals and scholars who have special, if not extraordinary, expertise and national visibility in the content areas addressed. The book is intended for practitioners as well as for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in clinical rehabilitation counseling and psychology and in other rehabilitation health care disciplines, such as mental health counseling, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and recreation. The chapters are written from a clinical rehabilitation perspective, using rehabilitation examples when appropriate. Authors include a case example in each chapter to highlight the application of theories and techniques in working with rehabilitation-specific problems of people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. They focus on scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of the theory and technique used in their chapters. In providing coverage of counseling theories and techniques for rehabilitation health professionals, the book is organized into sections, with each section comprising multiple chapters. After the introductory section, the book covers the following sections: Counseling Theories, Basic Techniques, Special Considerations, and Professional Issues. The Counseling Theories section provides reviews of 10 different theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy, with an emphasis on their applications in rehabilitation settings. The Special Considerations section describes counseling and service considerations that are related to specific types of disabilities. The Professional Issues section focuses on two general topics that are directly related to the practice of counseling in rehabilitation settings. In conclusion, this book provides an overview of prominent theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy, along with some of the ways in which they can be applied in rehabilitation settings to assist people with disabilities.