This book is for counselors and counselors-in-training who are interested in exploring the many employment options that are available to persons with a graduate degree in counseling. Days in the Lives of Counselors is a collection of personal essays from counselors, each of whom has presented a description of his or her own unique and rewarding experiences. Each offers descriptions of his or her typical activities, including the challenges, the paperwork, the meetings, the successes, and even the frustrations. Many also share their hints on surviving the stresses that are inherent in a career in counseling.The chapters are clustered in categories within similar settings, but each person's experience is unique and different. In addition to school and college counselors, counselor educators, and mental health counselors, contributors include a sexologist, an editor, a gerontologist, an addictions specialist, a counselor who is a part-time deputy sheriff, and a professional association manager. Also included are two international stories, one by a school counselor working in Guam and another by a school counselor who worked in Africa. But all of the essays have one thing in common-they are written by counselors who love their work.
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Days in the Lives of Counselors makes a strong and very personal statement about the diverse roles of professional counselors, few of whom would say they had only one role. To examine what counselors actually do in their jobs, Dingman and Weaver soliPd a variety of counselors from across the nation, and overseas, to talk about their experiences, roles, and occupations in the book. Those that read the book will quickly find out there is no such thing as a typical day for a counselor!
The book starts off with a one page introduction that sets the stage for the chapters that follow. Seven sections follow, each section representing jobs and roles in different areas within the profession (e.g., community agencies, schools, private practice, crisis settings, international settings, higher education, and administration). Each of the counselors tells the story of their unique job responsibilities.
Turner, a high school counselor, spoke for many in stating, "The rewards in this job do not come from thanks or recognition. The rewards come from doing my best for...people every day. This is what makes the job worthwhile." Each counselor portrays the daily challenges and choices inherent in their positions, yet underscores the extensive personal rewards that accrue through watching, and helping, students and clients find their way. Chen-Hayes, a counselor educator, concludes his chapter by exclaiming, as did other authors that "I love what I do!"
Overall, the book is a fascinating read. It is an eye-opener to the many roles counselors really take on and validates the "personal" quality of our work. Days in the Lives of Counselors provides information and modeling for current and prospective students to facilitate their career choice and the jobs they seek once they graduate. A list of annotated readings at the end of each chapter provides additional information on counseling positions, training, client-base, and/or theoretical background.
This would be a good text for an introduction to counseling course for undergraduate or graduate students, or for a practicum or career counseling course. For those using this book as a teaching tool, the editors provide a website that gives suggestions on classroom discussion and activities to accompany each chapter in the book. Along with being a useful tool in classroom settings, the book would be a helpful adjunct to counselors working with persons seeking careers in human services and trying to decide if professional counseling would be a good fit.— Kelly L. Wester, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, and Jane Myers, Ph.D., Professor, Counseling and Educational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.
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Book Description Allyn & Bacon, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110205351921