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You'll enjoy Ed Neukrug's easy-to-understand, comprehensive overview of the human services because of its experiential emphasis, unique use of personal vignettes, and its focus on the development of the helper. Neukrug covers critical topics-such as history, theory, helping skills, standards in the profession (i.e., ethics, accreditation, credentialing), group counseling, family counseling, community systems, research and assessment, normal and abnormal development, career issues, and multicultural awareness--in a way that helps you gain an understanding of the field.
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Edward S. Neukrug is the former Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling and currently Professor of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University, Dr. Edward S. Neukrug has taught counselor education and human services for over thirty years. In addition, he has worked as a substance abuse counselor, a counselor at a crisis center, an outpatient therapist at a mental health center, an associate school psychologist, a school counselor, and as a private practice psychologist and licensed professional counselor. Dr. Neukrug has written dozens of articles and chapters in books, has authored eight books, and was the editor of THE SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THEORY IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. Books he has written include: EXPERIENCING THE WORLD OF THE COUNSELOR: A WORKBOOK FOR COUNSELOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS (4th Edition); COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE; SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONALS; and ESSENTIALS OF TESTING AND ASSESSMENT FOR COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS, AND PSYCHOLOGISTS (3rd Edition). He has also developed DVDs that demonstrate counseling skills and techniques, an interactive website where users can "meet" major theorists of counseling and psychotherapy and learn more about them and their theories (www.odu.edu/~enekrug), and an interactive survey where one can identify his or her view of human nature (http://ww2.odu.edu/~enekrug/therapists/survey.html).Review:
"This text is not only an excellent text for any introductory human services course, but it also is a text that gives the beginning students in the field an in-depth future look at what they must acquire in knowledge and skills to be a competent, beginning professional practitioner in the field of human services."
"I have enjoyed using previous editions of this text with my undergraduate students and am excited about the positive changes throughout. The practical activities at the end of each chapter are useful for in-class discussion, homework, and also provide additional opportunities for students to learn on their own."
"The ethical vignettes at the end of the chapters are excellent for student interaction and involvement......My students have consistently been very positive about the text."
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