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KU Professor Authors Book on Psychoanalytic Approaches for Counselors

August 28, 2014

Dr. Frederick RedekopKUTZTOWN, Pa. - Dr. Frederick Redekop, associate professor of counseling at KU, is the author of "Psychoanalytic Approaches for Counselors" and the editor for a forthcoming series of books on theories for counselors by SAGE publications. His book on psychoanalytic approaches will be the first published in the series, and explores how to apply the work of Freud to modern counseling.

"My students inspired me," Redekop revealed. "I was teaching and realized that I needed an effective approach to help my students understand all theorists, but Freud in particular. They haven't had previous training in how to apply Freud and other theorists, and that's how this series of books came about. Theory is a roadmap - it gives you different road to take in order to achieve positive therapeutic change. Psychoanalysis might be more of a scenic route, but you'll see some really interesting sights along the way."

Redekop designed his book - and the other texts in the series - to give readers a historical perspective of a counseling theory, and explain how that theory establishes and reflects recurring themes within the counseling enterprise that are of vital interest to every counselor and counselor-in-training. Freud discovered living and vital approaches that are still important for counselors to learn. This text unearths and clarifies them for a modern audience.

"The process of counseling is essentially simple," Redekop explained. "Counselors help clients activate skills to deal with stressful situations. The warm relationship counselors and clients share derives from Freud. He was actually much more complex and rich in his work with people than he is given credit for."

"Psychoanalytic Approaches for Counselors" will be available from SAGE publications in Nov. 2014.