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
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 (booknews.com)
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.