Mobley, Jerry A. Books
Jerry A. Mobley, Ph.D. has spent most of his professional career as a counselor. He was the director-counselor for an alternative school in the largest school district in South Carolina, maintained a caseload while leading a United Way-funded Family Counseling Center, worked as an Employee Assistance Program counselor (as a CEAP) for approximately 20,000 employees and family members, and operated a private counseling practice as an LPC and LMFT. He continues to work as productivity coach for individuals and businesses around the United States, including Alaska, and as far away as Indonesia and China. Dr. Mobley currently trains master's level counselors at a Historically Black University (HBU), Fort Valley State University in Georgia.2005 0-7734-6204-X
Seven popular counseling theories are presented in this book and integrated into a meta- theory utilizing the common denominator of existentialism. The counseling profession is established upon the foundational concepts ofViktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and Carl Rogers and their embedded issues of freedom, personal power, choice, and meaning. In the 1960's and 1970's, three cognitive behavioral therapies systematized counseling into efficient problem solving approaches that maintained sensitivity to clients' phenomenology: John Krurnboltz's existentially-sensitive behaviorism, William Glasser's reality therapy, and Albert Ellis' Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). These processes require an active counselor and have many similarities to Alfred Adler's Individual Psychology. Another active therapy, Frederick Perl's Gestalt therapy, allows counselors to address clients' polarities in their presentation of themselves. In each of these approaches, clients are empowered to make better choices to achieve their goals. Definition of the particular counseling skills that are involved in each approach and rubrics to measure counselor performance on these skills are provided. While counselor behavior is operationally defined for each theory, this book integrates them together into a theoretical whole. The relationship with the client is more valued than any technique, and the counselor learns to perform an assortment of proven techniques.