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Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Reconstructing Personal Narratives

Anthony DiLollo, Robert A. Neimeyer
368 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 6 x 9"
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Counseling in the field of communication disorders is an essential dimension of professional practice, but just what it entails is often a bit of a mystery. Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Reconstructing Personal Narratives addresses this common concern of students and practitioners by illustrating how to integrate the concept of counseling into clinical practice. Replete with a variety of case studies, clinical guidelines, and actual transcripts of counseling interventions with clients and their families, as well as a practical "toolbox" of specific counseling methods, Dr. DiLollo and Dr. Neimeyer offer a comprehensive, novel, and empirically informed approach to counseling, applicable to a broad range of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders.


  • Bob Volin, Associate Professor at New York Medical College, School of Health Sciences and Practice (November 2014):
    "The strength of the text is that the authors have synthesized several approaches to counseling in a way that is not at all confusing or intimidating for students, and in the process they provide a strong message that effective counseling is well within the capability of the SLP. Many authors have said "You should do this," but DiLollo and Neimeyer make a convincing case for " You CAN do this." That's been the crux of my counseling course for years!"

  • Ashleigh Pascoe, Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology (2015):
    "…Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology by DiLollo and Neimeyer is an invaluable resource for experienced clinicians, new graduates and students in the field of speech pathology and audiology. This book takes readers on a journey, aiming to empower them to challenge their thinking and understanding of counseling, focusing on a constructivist-narrative perspective…The structure of this book makes it engaging and user-friendly…The passion of both authors for this topic is evident through their engaging, descriptive writing style."

Part I: Getting Oriented
1. Counseling in Communication Disorders
2. What Does Counseling Really Mean for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists?
3. The Leadership of Therapy: How to Integrate Counseling into Your Clinical Practice

Part II: Theoretical Foundations
4. Overview of Approaches to Counseling
5. Constructivism
6. Narrative Therapy
7. Evidence for a Constructivist Approach to Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
8. A Theory-Based Framework for Counseling

Part III: The Process of Counseling
9. Listening for Thick Descriptions
10. Facilitating Reconstruction
11. Externalization and Relative Influence Questioning: A Case Illustration
12. Adaptive Counseling and Innovative Moments: A Case Illustration
13. The Credulous Approach and Reconstruction: A Case Illustration

Part IV: The Clinician’s Toolbox
14. A User's Guide to the Clinician's Toolbox
15. Autobiography of the Problem
16. The Story Mountain
17. Drawing
18. Dear John Letter
19. The Downward Arrow
20. Self-Characterization
21. Experimenting with Experience
22. Chair Work
23. Play Therapy
24. Therapeutic Documents
25. Mindfulness

Part V: Paying It Forward
26. Teaching the Constructivist Counseling Framework to Students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

About The Authors

Anthony DiLollo

Anthony DiLollo, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wichita State University. He has worked in the areas of psychology and speech-language pathology for over 25 years, specializing in working with, and teaching students to effectively work with, persons who stutter. Dr. DiLollo has presented and published numerous articles and book chapters on working with persons who stutter, as well as counseling, qualitative research, and critical thinking.

Robert A. Neimeyer

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice.

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