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Named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 byChoice!

Marini and Stebnicki, both professors and scholars in rehabilitation counseling, have compiled an extremely useful and practical counseling resource covering a variety of topics...[U]ndergraduates, graduate students, and new counselors will find this a valuable tool....This unique volume is a greate addition for college and university libraries...Highly recommended.


An excellent resource for the counseling student as well as the practicing counselor. It is well-written and comprehensive without being overwhelming. A must for every counselor's and future counselor's library!
--Donna Falvo, PhD, CRC, Professor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School

I found the chapters to be well-written, organized in a clear manner, and presented in a balanced way?.This is a reference work that people will want to keep.
--Gerald Corey, EdD, ABPP, Professor, California State University (From the Foreword)

The Professional Counselor's Desk Reference (PCDR) is the first resource of its kind, serving as an authoritative guide for both pre-professionals working towards counselor licensure and certification, as well as seasoned counselors, counselor educators, clinical supervisors, psychologists, and social workers.

Drs. Marini and Stebnicki present this quick, user-friendly desk reference guide based on the core content and knowledge areas outlined in both the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accreditation standards.

With contributions from 95 experts in counselor education, research, and practice, this book includes:

  • Bulleted how to strategies for working with clients under various models in counseling and psychology
  • Easy-to-read tables, graphics, and figures to capture a holistic picture of specific client issues
  • Guidelines for conducting interviews and assessments with culturally diverse clients, as well as treatment protocols that suggest evidence-based practices
  • Discussions on counselor impairments such as empathy fatigue, and developing a plan of self-care to prevent counselor burnout
  • A comprehensive self-exam of 323 multiple-choice items based on the CORE/CACREP core content and knowledge areas for counselor education and training

This invaluable reference guide is the most current source related to professional counseling issues, ethics, theories, and practices. Marini and Stebnicki provide a wide range of culturally diverse treatment approaches that will expand the counseling profession's knowledge, awareness, and skills. "

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826115478
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1040
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Irmo Marini, PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP,
is Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, University of Texas-Pan American. Over his 22-year academic career, Dr. Marini earned two outstanding faculty research awards at Arkansas State, three more faculty research awards at Pan-American, two outstanding teaching awards at Pan-American, and one service award. On a national level, he received the 2009 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education, National Council on Rehabilitation Education, the 2010
James F. Garrett Distinguished Career award in rehabilitation research, American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the 2013 Rehabilitation
Educator of the Year award, National Council on Rehabilitation Education. In 2012, Dr. Marini received an honorary doctorate in science from his alma mater
Lakehead University. To date, he has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 30 book chapters, and coauthored and coedited four books on counseling and rehabilitation counseling psychology-related topics. He is former President of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and former Chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Dr. Mark Stebnicki, PhD, is Professor and Director of the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. He holds a doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. Dr. Stebnicki has national certifications as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Case Manager and is certified by the Washington, DC--based crisis response team National Organization for Victim Assistance. He has over 18 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health issues and acquired chronic health conditions. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner who has written over 21 articles in peer-reviewed journals, written two books, and presented nationally at well over 50 seminars, workshops, and conferences. Dr. Stebnicki served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence and natural disasters. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation Program, has been awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association Foundation for its vision and excellence in the area of youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with former President Bill Clinton's staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (1999).

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Table of Contents




The Identity of Professional Counselors

1 A Brief History of Counseling and Specialty Areas of Practice

2 The Roles and Functions of Professional Counselors

3 What Practitioners Need to Know About Professional Credentialing

4 Clinical Supervision for Developing Counselors

Professional, Ethical, and Practice Management Issues in Counseling

5 Tools and Strategies for Developing Your Own Counseling Private Practice

6 New Concepts in Counseling Ethics

7 A Synopsis of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

8 Contracting Strategies with Managed Care and Other Agencies

9 Computerized Practice Resource Tools

10 Managing Risk in Ethical and Legal Situations

11 Professional Disclosure in Counseling

Case Management and Consultation Issues

12 Conducting an Intake Interview

13 Resource Brokering: Managing the Referral Process

14 How to Develop Treatment Plans

15 Enhancing Client Return after the First Session,

and Alternatively Dealing with Early Termination

16 Effective Use of Therapeutic Homework Assignments

17 Community Resources Used in Counseling

Multicultural Counseling Issues

18 The Elephant in the Room: Cultural Distrust Directed at White Counselors

19 Multicultural Issues with Native Americans

20 Multicultural Issues in Counseling African Americans

21 Multicultural Issues in Counseling Asian-Americans

22 Mental Health Counseling with Hispanics/Latinos:

The Role of Culture in Practice

23 Counseling Persons from Middle Eastern backgrounds

24 Counseling White Americans

25 Cultural Issues in Counseling Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals

26 Rural Mental Health Counseling

27 Counseling Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Counseling Theories and Techniques

28 Psychoanalysis

29 Basics of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

30 Reality Therapy

31 Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy

32 Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

33 Behavior Therapy

34 The Use of Multiracial Feminism within Counseling

35 Disability-Affirmative Therapy

36 Adlerian Therapy

37 Brief therapy

38 Motivational Interviewing

39 Gestalt Therapy

Career Counseling, Human Growth and Development

40 Career Development Theories

41 Occupational Choice and the Meaning of Work

42 What Counselors Should Know about School to Work Transition

43 Career Counseling across the Lifespan

44 Work, Careers, and Disability

45 Career Development Theory

46 Key Concepts and Techniques for an Aging Workforce

Assessment and Diagnosis

47 What Counselors Should Know about Personality Assessments

48 Understanding the Use of Aptitude Tests in Counseling

49 Understanding How to Use the DSM-IV-TR

50 Understanding Mental and Physical Functional Capacity Evaluations

51 The International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health (ICF):
Applications for Professional Counseling

52 What Counselors Should Know about Vocational Assessment & Evaluation

Counseling Couples, Families, and Groups

53 Family Assessment

54 Guidelines in Counseling Families

55 Effective Counseling with Couples

56 A Guide to Having a Healthy Family

57 Theory and Practice of Counseling Families

58 Working with Individuals in Groups

59 Involuntary Members in a Group

60 Challenging Childhood Behaviors

Counseling Specific Populations

61 Counseling Individuals with Disabilities

62 Psychiatric Disability: A Biopsychosocial Challenge

63 Counseling Criminal Justice Clients

64 Sexual Abuse Treatment

65 Disaster Mental Health Response and Stress Debriefing

66 Substance Abuse Assessment

67 Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

68 Counseling the Terminally Ill and Their Families

69 Assistive Technology and Persons with Disabilities

70 Counseling Issues in College Students

71 School Violence: Prevalence, Impact, Assessment and Treatment

72 Services for PTSD and Poly-Trauma Service Members and Veterans

73 Counseling Older Adults: Practical Implications

Contemporary Issues in Counseling

74 Positive Psychology

75 Empathy Fatigue in the Counseling Profession

76 Empathy Fatigue: Assessing Risk Factors and Cultivating Self-Care

77 Counselor Burnout

78 Religion and Spirituality in Counseling

79 Counseling Persons with Chronic Pain

80 Psychiatric Medicines: What Every Counselor Should Know

81 Testifying Issues and Strategies as an Expert Witness


Appendix A: Professional Counseling Associations and Organizations

Appendix B: Multiple Choice Self-Study Questions

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