This book presents a comprehensive introduction to professional counseling, a profession that helps individuals, groups, and families work through troubles arising from problems experienced in everyday life. As with previous editions, this text's philosophical and theoretical orientation to counseling is based on a phenomenological, psychosocial, life-span developmental approach. In this approach counselors help persons resolve or work through situational, developmental transitions and conflicts within a multicultural context.
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This edition describes how professional counselors, who are especially trained to counsel normal concerns of people, have the advantage of being well prepared to counsel in a variety of settings within a pluralistic society--from elementary schools to geriatric centers, from universities to religious organizations, from business and industry to shelters for refugees and the homeless. It discusses, as well, their preparedness to counsel a wide range of persons, either with gender concerns or persons of multi-ethnic backgrounds.From the Back Cover:
Introducing the field of counseling in a complex, multicultural society, this text is based on a phenomenological, psychosocial, life-span developmental approach, whereby counselors help persons work through situational, developmental transitions and conflicts within a multicultural, social context. Ageism. Productive aging. Grief. Loss. Intergenerational issues. Needs of caretakers. Feminist approaches. Life-span cognitive development. Emotional intelligence. Spiritual development. Substance abuse clients. Joint school-community crises prevention and intervention programs. Depression. Addictions. Theories and techniques. Practice and process. Appropriate as an introduction to counseling.
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