An Advanced Lifespan Odyssey for Counseling Professionals 1st Edition

Bradley T. Erford

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AN ADVANCED LIFESPAN ODYSSEY FOR COUNSELING PROFESSIONALS aligns precisely with CACREP standards for counselor training programs at the Master's level. Rigorous yet accessible, this first edition offers comprehensive descriptions of more than 30 major developmental theories and perspectives -- with a focus on developmental issues encountered by counseling professionals and the strategies and techniques to deal with them. Cross-cultural variations and implications, case studies, and current issues anchor the material in the real world. Reflections from parents and current practitioners enhance the emphasis on application, giving students ideas for how to integrate theories and other information into real-life practice.

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Bradley T. Erford, Loyola College in Maryland

Bradley T. Erford, Ph.D., is a professor in the school counseling program of the Educational Specialties Department at Loyola College in Maryland. He is a past president and fellow of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and a recipient of the ACA Research Award, ACA Extended Research Award, ACA Professional Development Award, and ACA Carl Perkins Government Relations Award. He has authored or edited more than 30 books. His research specialization lies primarily in the development and technical analysis of psychoeducational tests and has resulted in the publication of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and psychoeducational materials.

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  • Aligned with CACREP Standards: The text reflects the trend toward empirically supported practice, which has changed the application of lifespan theories. It aligns precisely with CACREP standards for counselor training programs, including required content in the lifespan domain and the increased focus on accountability.
  • Practical, Real-World Approach: Each chapter includes case studies and current issues (i.e., neuropsych advances, technology, emerging clinical issues) about which counselors-in-training need to be informed. Voices from the field vignettes give students the perspectives of current practitioners encountering real-life situations "in the trenches." Students also have opportunities to practice synthesizing and applying the theories and content to real life situations.
  • Accessible Writing Style: Content is comprehensive and rigorous, yet accessible to students from a variety of educational backgrounds, with numerous examples to make basic concepts concrete and understandable.

Table of Contents

An Advanced Lifespan Odyssey for Counseling Professionals


1. Important Fundamental Principles in Lifespan Development.
2. Theories of Human Development: Psychosocial, Sociocultural, Multicultural, Biological, and Learning Theories.
3. Theories of Human Development: Cognitions, Morality and Faith, and the Human Experience.
4. Genetics, Heredity, and Prenatal Development.
5. Physical and Cognitive Development in the Infancy and Toddlerhood Years.
6. Emotional and Social Development in the Infancy and Toddlerhood Years.
7. The Preschool Years of Early Childhood Physical and Cognitive Development.
8. The Preschool Years: Early Childhood Emotional and Social Development.
9. Middle Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development.
10. The Elementary Years of Middle Childhood: Emotional and Social Development.
11. The Adolescent Years: Physical and Cognitive Development.
12. The Adolescent Years: Emotional, Identity, and Social Development.
13. Young Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development.
14. Young Adulthood: Social, Emotional, and Career Development.
15. Middle Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development.
16. Middle Adulthood: Social/Emotional, Family, Career, and Spiritual Development.
17. Later Adulthood and Old Age: Physical, Cognitive and Social Developmental Aspects of Aging.
18. Later Adulthood and Old Age: Psychosocial and Work/Retirement Development.
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Online Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305858930
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Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305858923
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