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The World of the Counselor

An Introduction to the Counseling Profession (Sixth Edition)
Edward Neukrug
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The sixth edition of The World of the Counselor: An Introduction to the Counseling Profession provides readers with an illuminating window into the day-to-day realities of a practicing counselor. Comprehensive and highly practical in nature, the text presents readers with critical skills and concepts, helps them develop their professional identity, and features illustrative case examples and personal narratives to bridge theory and practice.

This new edition includes updated information within every chapter to reflect the latest ethical codes and standards, updated content on cutting-edge issues, and alignment with 2016 CACREP standards. In keeping with current trends, cultural competence, social justice concerns, technological issues such as tele-mental health counseling, some of the newest theories in counseling, and crisis, disaster, and trauma counseling are highlighted. Throughout the text, students are provided with meaningful self-reflection opportunities, hands-on experiential activities, and enlightening case studies to enrich their learning experience. A full set of ancillaries to assist in teaching is available and includes a sample syllabus, exam questions, vignettes, ethical dilemmas, videos, and much more.

Each of the eight common-core content areas of CACREP are covered through chapters on professional issues (e.g., history, professional organizations, characteristics of the professional counselor), standards in the professional (e.g., CACREP, credentialing, ethics, cross-cultural and social justice competence), counseling skills, counseling theories, normal and atypical human development, group counseling, couples and family counseling, testing and assessment, research, and consultation and supervision. Two dedicated chapters cover cultural competence and social justice issues. The last three chapters highlight school counseling; mental health, rehabilitation, and addiction counseling; and college counseling. New vignettes from counselors in the field are peppered throughout these chapters. An afterword offers sage advice for applying to graduate school and finding a job.

The World of the Counselor is a thoroughly research- and practice-based text that is ideal for counselors-in-training. It is an exceptional introduction to the field and an especially useful book for those who are preparing to take their licensing exams or enter the field.

Dr. Edward Neukrug is a professor of counseling and human services at Old Dominion University. A licensed professional counselor and licensed psychologist, he has experience in outpatient therapy, crisis counseling, substance abuse counseling, couples and family counseling, private practice, and as a school counselor. Dr. Neukrug is a nationally known author, presenter, and researcher. He was granted ACA Fellow status by the American Counseling Association in 2019.

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