Chapter 6. LIBRE Model: Engagement Styles in Counseling
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Engagement Styles in Counseling
The LIBRE (Listen, Identify, Brainstorm, Reality-test, Encourage) Model (Guerra, 2001, 2005) is a structured approach to facilitating problem solving with training and learning implications. Based on social cognitive theory, goal setting, and self-monitoring, the approach provides a basis for the generation of hypotheses related to the development of client potential in learning how to self-assess, self-regulate, establish goal(s), and cognitively switch personal orientations to help personal presentation in response to context activity and behavioral investment.
Lara, a young professional woman, is referred for counseling by her employer. She works in a highly demanding and stressful position. Recently, she has been having difficulty focusing on completing her assigned work responsibilities. Lara enters the counseling session and, after the usual initial paperwork, is greeted by the employment counselor, Margaret.
Margaret: Welcome, Lara. I am your counselor. My name is Margaret. I am pleased to see you today, and I am wondering if you might want to tell me how things are going for you here at work? ← 61 | 62 →
Lara: There is so much. I really don’t know where to begin.
Margaret: [After a brief pause] OK, then how about outlining some of what is going on. This will allow me an opportunity to better know you, and you will be able to see my notes as I record all that you tell...
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