Counseling Psychology

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American Psychological Association, 2014 - Psychology - 648 pages
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Developed as the first extensive overview of counseling psychology, this detailed and engaging work has been an invaluable resource for everyone from undergraduate students to veteran practitioners and researchers for over 20 years, even those working in other disciplines.

This long-anticipated third edition has been updated to incorporate contemporary research and theoretical approaches, including feminist multicultural counseling.

This book has also been reorganized into three distinct sections that provide readers with easy access to specific information.

The first section provides a general overview of counseling psychology, including its guiding principles and ethics, such as the counseling psychologist's dual role as a scientist-practitioner and the focus on clients' strengths; the history and foundational research behind the field; and distinctive and shared qualities compared to other psychological disciplines.

The second section examines the practice of counseling psychology, discussing such topics as the counselor-client relationship, assessment and testing methods, group and family counseling, and the four dominant therapeutic approaches within the field -- psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and feminist multicultural.

All of this information culminates in the third section with advice about training, graduate and post-graduate work, and career development, providing clear applications for readers who wish to progress as counseling psychologists.

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About the author (2014)

Charles J. Gelso is Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, USA. He has published widely in the area of the therapeutic relationship in psychotherapy and the research training environment in graduate education.His most recent books have been The Real Relationship in Psychotherapy: The Hidden Foundation of Change (APA, 2011) and Countertransference and the Therapist's Inner Experience: Perils and Possibilities (with Jeffrey A. Hayes, Erlbaum, 2007). He has been Editor of Psychotherapy and the Journal of Counseling Psychology, and has been given major awards in the field.

Elizabeth Nutt Williams is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the Core Curriculum at St. Mary's College of Maryland, USA, a public liberal arts honors college. Her most recent book, The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology (with Carol Enns, 2012) reflects her long-standing interest in the intersections of feminist and multicultural theories and their applications to counseling practice. She has received awards for her teaching as well as for her scholarship in psychotherapy process research from the Society for Psychotherapy Research and from APA Division (Psychotherapy). She has served as President of APA Division 29, as Newsletter Editor and Chair of the Section for the Advancement of Women for the Society of Counseling Psychology, and on numerous editorial boards (including Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and The Counseling Psychologist).

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