Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession / Edition 6

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The sixth edition of Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession, likes it predecessors, covers every major topic in the counseling field, e.g., history, theory, practice, specialties, current trends, and does so in a very readable and interesting style. The book is developmental in nature and leads the reader logically and smoothly from one important area to another. The chapters are illustrated and up-to-date with the most recent research in the field. This book is often used by students as the main source in studying for the National Counselor Exam (NCE). It is considered the "gold standard" by which other books in the field are judged since it has been the best-selling book in this area of counseling for 20 years.

Highlights of the New Edition:

  • More emphasis on social justice, advocacy, diversity, HIPAA, and different types of addiction--Readers are made aware of the latest trends and developments that impact counseling and how they are currently being addressed in the field.
  • More emphasis and material on women and minority clients of all types, i.e., ethnic, racial, and sexual--Readers are exposed to the changes going on in counseling in working with diverse populations and the challenges and differences associated with various individuals and groups.
  • More emphasis on international counseling and counseling as an international phenomenon--Readers recognize that counseling is not just a North American profession and that around the world counseling uses different models and methods.

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: 9780132434560
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.49 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.02 (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

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Part 1 Historical and Professional Foundations of Counseling

Chapter 1 History Of and Trends in Counseling

Definition of Counseling

History of Counseling

Current Trends in the New Millennium

Summary and Conclusion

Summary Table

Classroom Activities

Chapter 2 Personal and Professional Aspects of Counseling

The Personality and Background of the Counselor

Professional Aspects of Counseling

Credentialing of Counselors

Attribution and Systematic Framework of the Counselor

Engaging in Professional Counseling-Related Activities

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 3 Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling

Definitions: Ethics, Morality, and Law

Ethics and Counseling

Professional Codes of Ethics and Standards

Making Ethical Decisions

Educating Counselors in Ethical Decision Making

Ethics in Specific Counseling Situations

Multiple Relationships

Working with Counselors Who May Act Unethically

The Law and Counseling

Legal Recognition of Counseling

Legal Aspects of the Counseling Relationship

Civil and Criminal Liability

Legal Issues Involved When Counseling Minors

Client Rights and Records

The Counselor in Court

Ethics and the Law: Two Ways of Thinking

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 4 Counseling in a Multicultural Society

Counseling Across Culture and Ethnicity

Defining Culture and Multicultural Counseling

History of Multicultural Counseling

Difficulties in Multicultural Counseling

Issues in Multicultural Counseling

Counseling Considerations with Specific Cultural Groups

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 5 Counseling with Diverse Populations

Aged Populations

Gender-Based Counseling

Counseling and Sexual Orientation

Counseling and Spirituality

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Part II Counseling Process and Theories

Chapter 6 Building a Counseling Relationship

Factors That Influence the Counseling Process

Types of Initial Interviews

Conducting the Initial Interview

Exploration and the Identification of Goals

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 7 Working in a Counseling Relationship

Counselor Skills in the Understanding and Action Phases

Transference and Countertransference

The Real Relationship

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 8 Termination of Counseling Relationships

Function of Termination

Timing of Termination

Issues of Termination

Resistance to Termination

Premature Termination

Counselor-Initiated Termination

Ending on a Positive Note

Issues Related to Termination: Follow-up and Referral

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 9 Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, and Humanistic Theories of Counseling


Psychoanalytic Theories

Adlerian Theory

Humanistic Theories

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 10 Behavioral, Cognitive, Systemic, Brief, and Crisis Theories of Counseling

Behavior Counseling

Cognitive and Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling

Systems Theory

Brief Counseling Approaches

Crisis Counseling Approaches

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Part III Core Counseling Activities in Various Settings

Chapter 11 Groups in Counseling

A Brief History of Groups

Misperceptions and Realities About Groups

The Place of Groups in Counseling

Benefits and Drawbacks of Groups

Types of Groups

Theoretical Approaches in Conducting Groups

Stages in Groups

Issues in Groups

Qualities of Effective Group Leaders

The Future of Group Work

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 12 Consultation

Consultation: Defining a Multifaceted Activity

Consultation versus Counseling

Four Conceptual Models

Levels of Consultation

Stages and Attitudes in Consultation

Specific Areas of Consultation

Training in Consultation

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 13 Evaluation and Research

The Nature of Evaluation and Research


Counselors and Research



Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 14 Testing, Assessment, and Diagnosis in Counseling

A Brief History of the Use of Tests in Counseling

Tests and Test Scores

Problems and Potential of Using Tests

Qualities of Good Tests

Classification of Tests

Administration and Interpretation of Tests Assessment


Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Part IV Counseling Specialties

Chapter 15 Career Counseling over the Life Span

The Importance of Career Counseling

Career Counseling Associations and Credentials

The Scope of Career Counseling and Careers

Career Information

Career Development Theories and Counseling

Career Counseling with Diverse Populations

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 16 Marriage and Family Counseling

The Beginnings of Marriage and Family Counseling

Associations, Education, and Research

Family Life and the Family Life Cycle

Marriage/Family Counseling versus Individual/Group Counseling

Overview of Marriage/Couples and Family Counseling

The Process of Marriage and Family Counseling

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 17 Professional School Counseling

The ASCA National Model

Elementary School Counseling and Guidance

Middle School Counseling and Guidance

Secondary School Counseling and Guidance

Twenty-First Century School Counseling

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 18 College Counseling and Student-Life Services

The Beginning of Student-Life Services and College Counseling

The Theoretical Bases and Professional Preparation for Working with College Students

College Counseling

Student-Life Professionals

Counseling and Student-Life Services with Nontraditional Students

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 19 Substance Abuse and Disability Counseling


Interpersonal Abuse

Preventing and Treating Interpersonal Abuse

Intrapersonal Abuse

Counseling Those with Disabilities

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Chapter 20 Mental Health and Community Counseling

Historical Overview of Mental Health and Community Counseling

Mental Health Counseling as a Specialty

Community Counseling as a Specialty

Private Practice as a Specialty

Summary and Conclusion

Classroom Activities

Appendix A Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association

Appendix B Ethics NBCC: The Practice of Internet Counseling

Appendix C DSM-IV-TR Classification

Appendix D Counseling-Related Organizations

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