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Introduction to Counseling

An Art and Science Perspective (Sixth Edition)
Michael Nystul
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Introduction to Counseling: An Art and Science Perspective provides students with an accessible overview of the counseling profession and also demonstrates how fundamental counseling concepts can be employed to successfully address everyday life challenges. The book posits that counseling is both an art and a science, highlighting the balance between the subjective and objective dimensions of counseling.

The first part of the book offers students an introduction to the counseling profession and the counseling process, introducing them to conceptual models for counseling, legal and ethical issues, and assessment, research, and evaluation. The second part of the text provides information on multicultural counseling and counseling theories, emphasizing models that are inclusive and adaptive. The final part of the text identifies special approaches and modalities that are helpful in the treatment of diverse populations in particular settings, including children and adolescents in school settings, individuals with mental health issues in hospitals, clinics, and private practices, and more.

The sixth edition of Introduction to Counseling features new content on emerging trends in the field, information on the changes in ethical codes, and guidelines for diagnosis in DSM-5. Presenting timely and critical information in an approachable way, the text is a valuable resource for students pursuing helping professions.

Michael Nystul received his Ph.D. in counseling from Oregon State University. He holds the position of professor emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at New Mexico State University. Dr. Nystul has served as a professor, mental health counselor, school counselor, and psychologist in a variety of clinical settings over the course of 45 years. He has authored or served as a contributor for more than 100 publications within the field of counseling, including journal articles, book chapters, and books.