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Introduction to the Profession of Counseling, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Frank A. Nugent, Karyn D. Jones

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 28, 2008

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This book presents a comprehensive introduction to professional counseling, a profession that helps individuals, groups, and families work through troubles arising from problems experienced in everyday life.  As with previous editions, this text's philosophical and theoretical orientation to counseling is based on a phenomenological, psychosocial, life-span developmental approach.  In this approach counselors help persons resolve or work through situational, developmental transitions and conflicts within a multicultural context.

Table of Contents



1.    History and Trends of Counseling

What is Professional Counseling?

A Brief History of Counseling

The New Millennium: Trends in Counseling


2.    Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues

Foundations of Professionalism, Ethics and Legal Issues

Professional Associations

Counselor Training

Counselor Credentialing: Licensing and Certification

Ethical Codes to Protect the Client and Monitor the Profession

3.    The Effective Counselor

Personal Qualities

Professional Competencies

The Whole Counselor

4.    Counseling in a Multicultural World

Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

Multicultural Counseling




5.    Human Development Theories

Pioneers in Human Development Theory

Contemporary Life-Span Development Theories

Trends: Toward an Integrated Theory of Development

6.    Counseling Theories and Techniques

Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Theories

Humanistic and Existential Theories

Behavioral, Cognitive, and Cognitive-Behavioral Theories

Creative Therapies

Theories of Brief Counseling

Toward and Integrative Theoretical Approach



7.    Assessment, Testing and Diagnosis

A Brief History of Testing in Counseling

Different Ways Counselors Use Assessment

Types of Assessment

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

8.    Individual Counseling

Client Characteristics

The Counseling Process


9.    Group Counseling

Overview of Group Counseling

Ethical Guidelines with Groups

Group Counseling Theories

The Group Experience

Future Trends

10.    Consultation

Consultation Defined

Types of Consultation

A Consultation Model

Areas of Consultation



11.    Marriage and Family Counseling

Family Systems Theories

The Family Life Cycle

Family Counseling and Therapy in Practice

Marriage and Couple Counseling Theories

Changing Family and Marriage Patterns

Child Abuse and Neglect

12.    Career Counseling

Historical Perspective

The Current Scene

Theoretical Approaches to Career Counseling

Career Counseling Process

Special Tools in Career Counseling

Employment Counselors

Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling

13.    Substance Abuse Counseling

The Major Substances of Abuse

Theories of Substance Abuse

Counseling Persons with Substance Abuse Problems

Process Addictions

Youths and Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse in Older Adults

Training of Substance Abuse Counselors

14.    Counseling Older Adults

Stereotypes of Older Adults

New Perspectives on Older Adults

The Counseling Needs of Older Adults

Consultation with Families of Older Adults


15.    Counseling Programs in Schools

The Profession of School Counseling

Counseling Children in Elementary Schools

Counseling Children in Middle Schools

Counseling Children in High Schools

School Counselor Activities and Interventions

Addressing Cultural Diversity


16.    Counseling Programs in Colleges and Universities

Brief History of College and University Counseling

Organization and Administration of Counseling Centers

Developmental Needs of College Students

College Counseling Center Services

Presenting Problems of College Students

Addressing Cultural Diversity


17.    Mental Health and Community Counseling

Overview of Mental Health Counseling and Community Counseling

Mental Health and Community Counselors: Roles and Activities

Credentialing of Mental Health and Community Counselors

Work Settings

Managed Care and Third-Party Reimbursement

Internet Counseling


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