Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume I

Counseling and therapy in Video

"The content here is astonishingly deep, broad, and expert, as well as unique, and you are not going to find anything even remotely similar online. The quality of the videos is excellent. . . A highly effective tool that rates a strong ten. Enthusiastically recommended for all libraries supporting the training of counselors and therapists." ‒Library Journal

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For students, faculty, and practitioners in the counseling field, the opportunity to observe experienced professionals at work is paramount to the training process. Unfortunately, a range of factors from privacy concerns to scheduling concerns can make such hands-on training complicated and time-consuming to acquire.

Award-winning Counseling and Therapy in Video Volume I addresses these training needs by providing more than 400 hours of training videos, reenactments, and footage of actual therapy sessions conducted by renowned counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. This classic collection of videos filmed from 1985 to 2010 provides an invaluable firsthand look at the realities of working with clients and the challenges associated with putting theoretical concepts into practice.


The collection features prominent therapists such as Jon Carlson, Sue Johnson, Allen Ivey, Insoo Kim Berg, Derald Wing Sue, and many others, as they demonstrate their methods. With a true grounding in multiculturalism and dozens of therapeutic methods and diagnoses, this collection is essential for counseling and therapy programs across the curriculum—in psychology, social work, education, nursing, divinity studies, health, and medicine.

The material is clustered around easy-to-search and easy-to-browse topical subject areas and therapeutic methods, which include:

  • Addiction
  • Alcoholism
  • Brief therapy
  • Career counseling
  • Child and adolescent therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Culture and diversity
  • Domestic violence
  • Existential/humanistic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Supervision/consultation
  • Working with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender clients

Highlights from the collection’s 350 titles include:

  • Basic Attending Skills
  • Becoming a Creative Counselor
  • The Challenge of Counseling Teens: Techniques for Engaging and Connecting with Reluctant Youth
  • Counseling Latino Children and Adolescents: Cross Cultural Issues
  • Crisis Counseling: The ABC Model
  • Disability-Affirmative Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Equity-Focused School Counseling
  • Innovative Approaches to Counseling African Decent People
  • Reality Therapy and AIDS
  • Treating Alcoholism in Psychotherapy
  • What Does It Mean to Be White? The Invisible Whiteness of Being

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Counseling and Therapy in Video represents an enormous value. Now libraries of every size and budget can offer hundreds of video titles at a fraction of what it would cost to buy each title individually—without worrying about permissions or copyright infringement. All educational uses, including in-class viewing, are covered.

Teaching Power

Perhaps the greatest source of anxiety for students—and even seasoned professionals in the mental health field—is the prospect of dealing with clients in the face-to-face counseling encounter. Video lets users observe the intricacies of behavior, tone, facial expression, and body language that define successful counseling experiences.

Unlike physical DVDs and VHS tapes, this online collection of streaming video makes it easy to queue up video for in-class or assigned watching. Personalized playlists you can annotate and share—each with a permanent URL—let you integrate video into the syllabus seamlessly and effortlessly. You can even link from playlists to any other content on the Web.

Technical Features

Alexander Street’s Semantic Indexing and extensive controlled vocabularies enable the collection’s uniquely powerful cross-search capabilities. Additional features—from playlist and clip-making tools to visual tables of contents, synchronized transcripts for every video, and per-second permanent URLs—make it easier to access, cite, and share video footage than ever before.

Queries such as the following will return numerous, high-utility results:

  • Show me clips where a client diagnosed with depression uses the word drink.
  • Show me group therapy sessions that confront obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Compare and contrast the methods of cognitive-behavioral therapists with those practicing client-centered therapy by showing me examples of how each treats clients with ADD.
  • Find examples of dealing with suicidal patients from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and racial groups.
  • How does race inform the interactions between white counselors and black clients? Between black therapists and white patients? Between Asian therapists and Latino clients?

Publication Details

Counseling and Therapy in Video is an online collection available to academic, public, and school libraries via annual subscription or outright purchase of perpetual rights, with prices scaled to institutional size and budget. All Alexander Street collections work on PCs, Macs, and mobile devices and require no additional software or downloads. Continuing education (CE) credits are available for many of the materials. For more information, or to request a free trial or price quote, email sales [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com.


Clips from Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume I

Counseling Gay and Lesbian Youth

This Director of a Counseling Center experienced two gay youth suicides in the previous year. This DVD offers clear guidelines for multifaceted training and includes testimonials from four lesbian and gay individuals. Included are specific strategies for working with persons in the Identity Confusion or Coming Out phase of gay identity.




Innovative Approaches to Counseling African Descent People

African descent culture provides framework to discovering ones spiritual destiny. Interview segments illustrate student concerns in a graduate counseling program.