Introduction to the Profession of Counseling, 5th edition

  • Frank A. Nugent
  • Karyn D. Jones

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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.


Highlights of the new edition: 

  • The issue of technology and online counseling has been addressed in several chapters throughout the text.
  • A new section entitled "Counseling Activities" has been added to encompass the chapters describing the most common work activities of counselors.
  • A new chapter on consultation has been included focusing on consultation in schools, mental health agencies, and organizational settings.
  • Updated information on accreditation of training programs and licensing and certification requirements.
  • Updated discussion of professional, ethical, and legal issues in counseling to reflect the 2005 ACA Code of Ethics.
  • Updated material about the role of theories in guiding, evaluating and improving the practice of counseling.
  • Revised information about the profession of school counseling and added information about the ASCA National Model for school counseling programs.
  • 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


    Published by Pearson (January 4th 2020) - Copyright © 2009