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Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession / Edition 5

Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession / Edition 5

by Samuel Gladding


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Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession / Edition 5

This comprehensive and readable book covers a wide variety of theories, methods, and settings in counseling. Covers professional foundations, overviews the counseling process and key theories, and examines counseling as it is practiced in a variety of situations including marriage and family, career, and more. Examines history, theories, ethics, diversity, life span, gender, assessment, research, and specialty areas such as mental health, substance abuse, school, and college. For anyone interested in an introduction to counseling.

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ISBN-13: 9780130494702
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 04/16/2003
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Samuel T. Gladding is a professor of counselor education and director of the counselor education program 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 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), Chi Sigma Iota (counseling academic and professional honor society international) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Gladding is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and the author of over 100 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: Community and Agency Counseling (with Debbie Newsome) (2nd ed., 2004); Group Work: A Counseling Specialty (4th ed., 2003); Family Therapy: History, Theory, & Process (3rd ed.,2002); Becoming a Counselor. The Light, The Bright, and the Serious (2002); The Counseling Dictionary (2001); and The Creative Arts in Counseling (2nd ed., 1998).
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 Licensed Professional Counselor (North Carolina). Gladding is a former member of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling andof the Research and Assessment Corporation for Counseling (RACC). He is also a Fellow in Association for Specialists in Group Work.
Dr. Gladding is married to the former Claire Tillson and is the father of three children-Ben, Nate, and Tim. Outside of counseling, he enjoys tennis, swimming, and humor.

Table of Contents


1. History of and Trends in Counseling.
2. The Effective Counselor.
3. Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling.
4. Counseling in a Multicultural and Pluralistic Society.


5. Building a Counseling Relationship.
6. Working in a Counseling Relationship.
7. Termination of Counseling Relationships.
8. Psychoanalytic and Adlerian Approaches to Counseling.
9. Person-Centered, Existential, and Gestalt Approaches to Counseling.
10. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Transactional Analysis.
11. Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Reality Therapy.


12. Marriage and Family Counseling: Systems Theory.
13. Groups in Counseling.
14. Career Counseling over the Life Span.
15. Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Counseling.
16. College Counseling and Student Life Services.
17. Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Rehabilitation Counseling.
18. Consultation.
19. Evaluation and Research.
20. Testing, Assessment, and Diagnosis in Counseling.
Appendix A: Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association.
Appendix B: Ethical Standards of the American Psychological Association.
Appendix C: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) Classifications.
Appendix D: Counseling-Related Organizations.
Name Index.
Subject Index.


Counseling is a dynamic, ever-evolving, and exciting profession that deals with human tragedy and possibility in an intensive, personal, and caring way. It is a profession dedicated to prevention, development, exploration, empowerment, change, and remediation in an increasingly complex and chaotic world. In the past, counseling emphasized guidance by helping people make wise choices. Now guidance is but one part of this multidimensional profession.

This text presents counseling in a broad manner covering its history, theories, activities, specialties, and trends. In addition, this book concentrates on the importance of the personhood of counselors and of the multicultural, ethical, and legal environments in which counselors operate. By focusing on the context and process of counseling, this book provides you with a better idea of what counselors do and how they do it.

Materials in Counseling. A Comprehensive Profession, Fifth Edition, have been divided into four main sections. Part I, Historical and Professional Foundations of Counseling, contains chapters dealing with an overview of the development of counseling and important competencies of contemporary counselors. Specific chapters that will orient you to the counseling profession as it was and is are

  • History of and Trends in Counseling;
  • Personal and Professional Aspects of Counseling;
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling; and
  • Counseling in a Multicultural and Diverse Society.

Part II, Counseling Process and Theories, highlights the main processes, stages, and theories of the counseling profession. This section addresses the universal aspects ofpopular counseling approaches and zeros in on specific theories and ways of dealing with client concerns. The five chapters are

  • Building a Counseling Relationship;
  • Working in a Counseling Relationship;
  • Termination of Counseling Relationships;
  • Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, and Humanistic Theories of Counseling; and
  • Behavioral, Cognitive, Systemic, Brief, and Crisis Theories of Counseling.

Part III, Core Counseling Activities in Various Settings, emphasizes universal skills required in almost all counseling environments. Counselors use group counseling, consultation, research, and assessment skills in various areas. The chapters in this section are

  • Groups in Counseling;
  • Consultation;
  • Evaluation and Research; and
  • Testing, Assessment, and Diagnosis in Counseling.

Finally, Part IV, Counseling Specialties, contains six chapters that focus on specific populations with whom counselors work or professional practices in which they are engaged that are unique. The chapters here are

  • Career Counseling over the Life Span;
  • Marriage and Family Counseling;
  • Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Counseling;
  • College Counseling and Student-Life Services;
  • Substance Abuse and Disability Counseling; and
  • Mental Health and Community Counseling.

A common theme woven throughout this book is that counseling is both a generic and specialized part of the helping field. Although it is a profession that has come of age, it is also still growing. It is best represented in professional organizations such as the American Counseling Association (ACA) and Division 17 (counseling psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA). There are also numerous other professional groups--social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, and pastoral counselors--that use and practice counseling procedures and theories on a daily basis. In essence, no one profession owns the helping process.

This text is the result of a lifetime of effort on my part to understand the counseling profession as it was, as it is, and as it will be. My journey has included a wide variety of experiences--working with clients of all ages and stages of life in clinical settings and with students who are interested in learning more about the essence of how counseling works. Research, observation, dialogue, assimilation, and study have contributed to the growth of the content contained in these pages.

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