Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession / Edition 7

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The most comprehensive guide to the Counseling profession available!

Still the most readable, practical, and comprehensive overview of the roles and responsibilities of the professional counselor on the market, the seventh edition of Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession is updated and improved to meet the emerging needs of the developing counselor. Containing an even stronger emphasis on counseling as a profession and counseling as an identity along with new or expanded sections on history, wellness, trauma, social justice, multiculturalism, rehabilitation, motivational interviewing, bullying, microaggression, international counseling, process addiction, abuse, and ethical and legal issues in counseling, this text is more equipped to help students prepare for professional challenges and a lifetime as an effective counselor than ever before.

New Features Include:

  • More multicultural than ever, this text presents within each chapter the changing demographics of the United States as well as background and strategies for working in a diverse and multicultural climate.
  • New graphic organizers present key concepts with visual cues, making important topics easier to grasp than ever before.
  • New Chapter Learning Objectives as well as suggestions for reading help students study this text more effectively and with more focus.
  • MyCounselingLab connects course content to video- and case-based real world scenarios, and provides:
    • Building Counseling Skills exercises that offer opportunities for students to develop and practice skills critical to their success as professional helpers. Hints and feedback provide scaffolding and reinforce key concepts.
    • Assignments & Activities assess students’ understanding of key concepts and skill development.
    • Multiple-Choice Quizzes help students gauge their understanding of important topics and prepare for success on licensure examinations.

Describes building a counseling relationship/ person-centered & Gestalt approaches/behavioral therapy, etc

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Editorial Reviews

In addition to overviewing counseling's history as both a generic and specialized part of the helping profession, its theories, processes, issues, specialties, and trends, Gladding (counselor education, Wake Forest U.) in this edition (last, 1996 copyright) concentrates on the importance of the personhood of counselors and the multicultural, ethical, legal, and consultative environments in which they practice. Includes classroom activities. Appends the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association, classifications from the , and a list of counseling-related organizations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132657976
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/12/2012
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 145,848
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel T. Gladding is a professor of counseling and chair of the Department of Counseling 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 following groups: the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and Chi Sigma Iota (counseling academic and professional honor society international).

Gladding is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and the author of seven dozen or so 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: Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings (with Debbie Newsome) (3rd ed., 2009); Group Work: A Counseling Specialty (6th ed., 2012); Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice (5th ed., 2011); Becoming a Counselor: The Light, The Bright, and the Serious (2nd ed., 2008); The Counseling Dictionary (3rd ed., 2011); and The Creative Arts in Counseling (4th ed., 2011).

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 practicing Licensed Professional Counselor (North Carolina). Gladding is a Fellow in the American Counseling Association and a recipient of the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award, and the David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award.
Dr. Gladding is married to Claire Tillson Gladding and is the father of three young adult men –Ben, Nate, and Tim. Outside of counseling, he enjoys tennis, swimming, and humor.

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Table of Contents



CHAPTER 1: History of and Trends in Counseling
CHAPTER 2: Personal and Professional Aspects of Counseling

CHAPTER 3: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling
CHAPTER 4: Counseling in a Multicultural Society

CHAPTER 5: Counseling With Diverse Populations


CHAPTER 6: Building Counseling Relationships
CHAPTER 7: Working in a Counseling Relationship

CHAPTER 8: Closing Counseling Relationships

CHAPTER 9: Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, and Humanistic Theories of Counseling
CHAPTER 10: Behavioral, Cognitive, Systemic, Brief, and Crisis Theories of Counseling

PART 3 Core Counseling Activities In Various Settings

CHAPTER 11: Groups in Counseling

CHAPTER 12: Consultation

CHAPTER 13: Evaluation and Research
CHAPTER 14: Testing, Assessment, and Diagnosis in Counseling


CHAPTER 15: Career Counseling Over the Life Span

CHAPTER 16: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

CHAPTER 17: Professional School Counseling

CHAPTER 18: College Counseling and Student-Life Services

CHAPTER 19: Abuse, Addiction, Disability and Counseling

CHAPTER 20: Clinical Mental Health and Private Practice Counseling

APPENDIX A Counseling-Related Organizations
Name Index
Subject Index

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