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1st Edition

Humanistic Perspectives on Contemporary Counseling Issues

ISBN 9780415885959
Published August 26, 2011 by Routledge
344 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Humanism is considered by many to be the foundation for the values and practices of counseling. This book explores and presents current counseling issues from a humanistic perspective, providing a valuable resource for counselors and therapists seeking effective approaches, founded on humanistic principles, to use in their practice. Each chapter describes the significance of a specific counseling issue, reviews the humanistic literature on this issue, discusses the theoretical model provided by a humanistic perspective, and concludes with applications and implications for practitioners. Situations considered include, among others, marital/couples counseling, multicultural counseling, and healing trauma, all of which have been shown to benefit from the use of humanistic approaches. Applications in educational settings, such as addressing school violence, working with at-risk youth, and counseling in college and university settings, are also discussed. The book concludes with a section on uses of humanistic approaches in counselor education and training. After reading this book, practitioners will be inspired to advocate for counseling’s holistic and empowering approach to helping all individuals across the lifespan.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction. Scholl, McGowan, Hansen, Introduction to Humanistic Perspectives on Contemporary Counseling Issues. Part II: Contemporary Trends and Applications to Counseling Practice. Myers, Brown, Champion, Clarke, Wellness: Theory, Research, and Applications for Counselors. D’Andrea, Daniels, Multicultural Counseling. Jenicus, McFadden, Narrative Therapy: Re-authoring the Transcultural Self. Henderson, Uses of the Creative and Expressive Arts in Counseling. Scholl, Humanistic Perspectives on Treating Substance Abuse. Peluso, Humanistic Couples Counseling. Venart, Webber, The Role of Humanistic Connection in Healing Trauma. Sacker, McDonald, Transforming the Eating Disorder Identity through a Humanistic Approach. Part III: Applications in Educational Settings. Stanley, Small, Owen, Burke, Humanistic Perspectives on Addressing School Violence. Lewis, Fostering Resilience Among At-risk Youth. McGowan, Despres, Brady, Competitive Sports for the Elementary and Middle School Child: A Humanistic and Developmental Perspective. Schwitzer, Humanism in College and University Counseling. Walsh, Leech, Humanistic Education and Technology: Crossing the Streams. Part IV: Applications to Counselor Training. Granello, Dollarhide, Humanistic Perspectives to Counselor Education and Supervision. Part V: Conclusion. Scholl, McGowan, Hansen, Epilogue.

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Mark Scholl, PhD, LMHC, NCC, is Assistant Professor of Student Development and Counseling in Higher Education Settings at East Carolina University.

Andrew Scott McGowan, PhD, LMHC, NCC, is Senior Professor of Education in the Department of Counseling and Development at Long Island University.

James Hansen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Counseling at Oakland University


"What I like about this book is its careful attention to our foundational values and practices. We can get lost in technology and detail and the editors have brought us a solid and very useful summary of our foundational values of humanism. It is time that we had a book like this, and it is TIMELY!" - Allen E. Ivey, EdD, ABPP, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"The editors are to be applauded for their ambitious goal of raising consciousness to the essential nature of professional counseling. I hope others will read this work and follow their lead by advocating for professional counseling’s wellness, developmental, holistic, empowering approach to helping all individuals across the life span." - Tom Sweeney, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Ohio University; Executive Director, Chi Sigma Iota

"Harnessing the expertise of noteworthy scholars in the field, the editors remind us of the critical underpinnings of the counseling profession. This refreshing account effectively melds and synthesizes tradition with innovation in professional counseling." - Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS, Associate Professor of Counseling and Counselor Education, North Carolina State University