Unfolding Life

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Horton-Parker and Brown seek to prepare counselors-in-training to better understand personal growth and self development. Their approach is designed to guide readers to better self-understanding through reviews of prevailing theory and through a series of exercises. Each chapter presents one or more exercises designed to allow the reader an opportunity to explore his/her personal development and to become aware of any unfinished and/or unresolved business that could emerge as countertransference with clients.

The basic theories of psychological growth and development—moral, cognitive, and gender identity—are examined under the stages of development throughout the life span. The specialized theories for the different stages, such as childhood and adolescence, are presented along with counseling applications for that specific stage. Readers are provided with numerous examples of how to use this information to better help clients. Other unique features include material on becoming a culturally sensitive counselor and an explanation of object-relations and self-psychology theories. Of particular interest to researchers and students involved with counseling issues.

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"The authors do an excellent job….Recommended. Undergraduates through professionals."



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A textbook for students of counseling and related professions that describes theories and applications to help counsel clients anywhere in the course of their lives. It explains current understanding of social, cognitive, moral, spiritual, and psychological development before focusing in turn on stages of life from conception through the later adult years. There is also a chapter on becoming a culturally sensitive therapist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313360510
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2002
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

RADHA J. HORTON-PARKER is Associate Professor of Counseling at Old Dominion University and a National Certified Counselor and National Certified School Counselor. She currently serves on the editorial review board of Counseling and Values. Her recent publications include articles on helping parents develop prosocial behavior in children, using rituals in counseling, and training school counselors in professional development schools.

NINA W. BROWN is Professor of Counseling at Old Dominion University, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has published 12 books on group therapy, destructive narcisism, and object-relations theories.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Setting the Stage 1
Ch. 2 Becoming a Culturally Sensitive Therapist 22
Ch. 3 Social Development 39
Ch. 4 Cognitive, Moral, and Spiritual Development 51
Ch. 5 Psychological Development 63
Ch. 6 Conception, Prenatal Development, Birth, and Infancy 83
Ch. 7 Early Childhood: Development and Theories 99
Ch. 8 Middle Childhood: Development and Theories 120
Ch. 9 Counseling Children: Applications 143
Ch. 10 Adolescents: Development and Theories 159
Ch. 11 Counseling Adolescents: Applications 180
Ch. 12 The Early and Middle Adult Years: Development and Theories 198
Ch. 13 Counseling Adults: Applications 214
Ch. 14 The Late Adult Years: Development and Applications 235
App ACA Code of Ethics 254
References 278
Index 303
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