Aug 272009

Counseling (nach Langenscheidt) Beratung f, Über’legung f: take (od. hold) counsel with a) sich beraten mit, b) sich Rat holen bei; take counsel together zusammen beratschlagen)  ist ein Beruf mit dem Ziel der Verhütung, Entwicklung, Erkundung, Ermächtigung, Änderung und Remediation in einer zunehmend komplexen und chaotischen Welt. conselling.jpg

Counseling is a dynamic, ever-evolving, and exciting profession that deals with human tragedy and possibility in an intensive, personal, and caring way. It is a profession dedi­cated to prevention, development, exploration, empowerment, change, and remediation in an increasingly complex and chaotic world. In the past, counseling emphasized guid­ance by helping people make wise choices. Now guidance is but one part of this multi­dimensional profession.

This text presents counseling in a broad manner covering its history, theories, activi­ties, specialties, and trends. In addition, this book concentrates on the importance of the personhood of counselors and of the multicultural, ethical, and legal environments in which counselors operate. By focusing on the context and process of counseling, this book provides you with a better idea of what counselors do and how they do it.

Materials in Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession, Sixth Edition, have been divided into four main sections.

Part 1, Historical and Professional Foundations of Counseling, contains chapters dealing with an overview of the development of counsel­ing and important competencies of contemporary counselors. Specific chapters that will orient you to the counseling profession as it was and is are

•   History of and Trends in Counseling

•   Personal and Professional Aspects of Counseling

•   Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling

•   Counseling in a Multicultural Society

•   Counseling with Diverse Populations

Part 2, Counseling Process and Theories, highlights the main processes, stages, and theories of the counseling profession. This section addresses the universal aspects of pop­ular counseling approaches and zeros in on specific theories and ways of dealing with client concerns. The five chapters are

•   Building a Counseling Relationship

•   Working in a Counseling Relationship

•   Termination of Counseling Relationships

•   Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, and Humanistic Theories of Counseling

•   Behavioral, Cognitive, Systemic, Brief, and Crisis Theories of Counseling

Part 3, Core Counseling Activities in Various Settings, emphasizes universal skills required in almost all counseling environments. Counselors use group counseling, consul­tation, research, and assessment skills in various areas. The chapters in this section include