Higher Education

Introduction to Counseling: Voices from the Field, 7th Edition

  • Jeffrey A. Kottler California State University, Fullerton
  • David S. Shepard California State University, Fullerton
  • ISBN-10: 0840033230  |  ISBN-13: 9780840033239
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • © 2011 | Published
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INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING, Seventh Edition provides students with a comprehensive overview of the counseling profession while encouraging them to examine the day-to-day realities of being a counselor and their motivation for choosing the profession. Coverage includes information on what counseling is, as well as its history, theoretical orientations, applications, and professional issues. As students become engaged in the process of learning and applying counseling concepts, they get an unparalleled look at what their professional futures may hold. In addition, "Voices from the Field" sections in each chapter offer further insight into the real challenges faced by experienced practitioners counselors, as well as the ways those challenges were resolved. A new set of videos available on DVD bring many of these topics to life.

Features and Benefits

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS. Case examples, personal accounts, and practical applications illustrate the text concepts and give students a deeper understanding of the material.
  • HANDS-ON EXERCISES. Experiential exercises at the end of each chapter provide students with hands-on learning activities that get them involved in learning about the counseling process.
  • NEW DIRECTIONS. "The Future is Now: New Issues in Counseling" sections highlight new directions in the field of counseling such as the use of the Internet and evidence-based practice.
  • COUNSELING IN ACTION. "Voices from the Field" sections offer unflinching accounts of the realities of doing counseling – including both the frustrations and the joys – for a balanced understanding of professional practice.
  • RELEVANT READINGS. Readings include fiction, nonfiction, films, traditional counseling, and social science literature and cover current information on treating addictions, Internet addictions, psychopharmacology, spiritual/transpersonal counseling, and ethics.

Table of Contents

1. What Counseling Is and How It Works.
2. Foundations of Counselors
3. Settings for Counseling.
4. The Therapeutic Relationship.
5. Insight-Oriented Approaches.
6. Action-Oriented Approaches.
7. Integrating Theory and Counseling Skills.
8. Assessment, Testing, and the Diagnostic Process.
9. Group Counseling.
10. Marital, Family, and Sex Counseling.
11. Career Counseling.
12. Addictions Counseling and Psychopharmacology.
13. Counseling Diverse Clients.
14. Ethical and Legal Issues.
15. Toward Closure: Advice for the Passionately Committed Counseling Student.

What's New

  • REAL WORLD RELEVANCE. "Voices from the Field" are brought to life with a new DVD that features interviews with practitioners and students.
  • The chapter on insight-oriented theories has been significantly expanded to include narrative and postmodern counseling.
  • The chapter on Integrating Theory and Counseling Skills has a new section indicating which approaches are receiving research support for treating specific mental health disorders.
  • The chapter on Career Counseling now includes a section we have called, Counseling in Economic Hard Times.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jeffrey A. Kottler

Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D., is Professor in the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton, and one of the foremost authorities and prolific writers in the fields of counseling, psychology, and education. He is the best-selling author of more than 80 nonfiction books that deal with a wide range of subjects including personal development, group leadership, professional development of psychotherapists and teachers, social justice, true crime, and a variety of contemporary issues related to helping and healing, truth and lies, creativity, transformative travel, and stress management. In addition to his private practice, Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, and community college settings. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru and Iceland, teaching counseling theory and practice. He has also served as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Nepal, and other countries. In addition, Jeffrey is President of Empower Nepali Girls, a foundation that provides scholarships for at-risk children in Nepal.

David S. Shepard

David S. Shepard, Ph.D., has been practicing as a counselor in the Los Angeles area for more than two decades, working with a full range of issues including adjustment problems, relationship issues, struggles with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. His particular specialty is in gender-sensitive couples therapy--incorporating scholarship on the socialization experiences of both men and women to ensure that both sexes are equally comfortable in and get maximum benefit from couples work. Prior to his counseling career, David worked as a screenwriter in the film and television industry, where he specialized in children's animation. He is also Associate Professor of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton, where he does research in counselor education, the relationship of counseling theory to clinical practice, gender issues in counseling, and the uses of film in teaching counseling.