Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession

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Encompases literally every aspect of counseling, organizing coverage around a developmental framework, effectively illustrating the growth and evolution of counseling as a profession and defining where and how it differs from other helping specialties such as social work and clinical psychology. The Third Edition exhibits the same thorough, scholarly coverage and exceptionally clear writing that led to this book's recommendation as a primary source for use in study toward certification and licensure exams in counseling. Part One explores the history of the counseling field, professional issues, the qualities of effective counselors, and the challenges they face. In Part Two, the process, stages, and theories of the counseling profession are highlighted, beginning with discussion of universal aspects of counseling, followed by specifics of client service. In Part Three, the text examines counseling as it is actually practiced in a variety of situations, for a variety of clients.

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Encompassing literally every aspect of counseling, this popular text organizes coverage around a developmental framework, effectively illustrating the growth and evolution of counseling as a profession and defining where and how it differs from other helping specialties such as social work and clinical psychology. Part One explores the history of the counseling field, professional issues, the qualities of effective counselors, and the challenges they face. In Part Two, the process, stages, and theories of the counseling profession are highlighted, beginning with discussion of universal aspects of counseling, followed by specifics of client service. In Part Three, the text examines counseling as it is actually practiced in a variety of situations, for a variety of clients. The Third Edition exhibits the same thorough, scholarly coverage and exceptionally clear writing that led to this text's recommendation as a primary source for use in study toward certification and licensure exams in counseling.

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Samuel T. Gladding is a professor of counselor education and director of the counselor education program at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been a practicing counselor in both public and private agencies since 1971. His leadership in the field of counseling includes service as president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), Chi Sigma Iota (counseling academic and professional honor society international) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Gladding is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and the author of over 100 professional publications. In 1999, he was cited as being in the top 1% of contributors to the Journal of Counseling and Development for the 15-year period, 1978-1993. Some of Gladding's other recent books are: Community and Agency Counseling (with Debbie Newsome) (2nd ed., 2004); Group Work: A Counseling Specialty (4th ed., 2003); Family Therapy: History, Theory, & Process (3rd ed.,2002); Becoming a Counselor. The Light, The Bright, and the Serious (2002); The Counseling Dictionary (2001); and The Creative Arts in Counseling (2nd ed., 1998).

Gladding's previous academic appointments have been at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Fairfield University (Connecticut). He received his degrees from Wake Forest, Yale, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (North Carolina). Gladding is a former member of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling and of the Research and Assessment Corporation for Counseling (RACC). He is also a Fellow in Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Dr. Gladding is married to the former Claire Tillson and is the father of three children—Ben, Nate, and Tim. Outside of counseling, he enjoys tennis, swimming, and humor.

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