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Introduction to the Counseling Profession

6th Edition

Edited by David Capuzzi, Douglas R. Gross

© 2013 – Routledge

528 pages

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Introduction to the Counseling Profession is a comprehensive overview of the history and foundational concepts of counseling, offering the most current and relevant breadth of coverage available. Students will gain insight into the myriad issues that surround not only the process of counseling and its many populations but also the personal dynamics that have an impact on this process. The contributed-author format provides state-of-the-art information from experts in their respective fields while maintaining a consistent structure and message.

This edition has been brought in line with the 2009 Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards and includes chapters on each of the CACREP specializations. Topics rarely treated in other introductory texts are addressed, such as research and writing in counseling, technology and counseling, and self-care and growth.

This edition includes new pedagogical features such as sidebars and more case studies to expand on key topics, as well as new chapters on:

  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Self-Care and Self-Growth
  • Individual Counseling
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Student Affairs and College Counseling

A collection of supplemental resources are available online to benefit both instructors and students. Instructors will find PowerPoint slides and test banks to aid in conducting their courses, and students can access chapter summaries, exercises, and other tools to supplement their review of the material in the text. These materials can be accessed at


"The strength of this book is that it is expertly written and very up to date and comprehensive in the breadth of topics covered. As the title suggests, there is an emphasis on the professional aspects of counseling, which makes it a useful guide for students entering the field. It is also a rich source of references. Overall, I would certainly recommend this book to American readers and particularly to those new to the counseling profession." -Oliver Bashford, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK

"The authors have brought together a group of experts who provide the solid information needed by counselor education students. The material provides the kind of overview of the field that is essential, but also provides information on professional scholarship, creative approaches, and more that new professionals need, though are rarely provided." - Richard J. Hazler, PhD, PCC, NCC, professor in charge of counselor education at Penn State University

"This is a must-have book for every practicing counselor and counselor educator who is currently working in the field. It is chock-full of state of the art information on counseling skills, techniques, and creative approaches for working with students and clients. The authors include some of the best known professionals in counseling, but also introduce some bright new stars. If you could only require one book for your students or new professionals, this should be the one to recommend." - Pat Schwallie-Giddis, PhD, associate professor and chair of the department of Counseling & Human Development at George Washington University

"Introduction to the Counseling Profession is a premiere textbook that incorporates information salient to the counseling profession. This well edited book is creatively organized to clarify the ‘essence of counseling.’ Further, the book is timely and clearly articulates the role of the counselor. I highly recommend this comprehensive text." - Loretta J. Bradley, PhD, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of counselor education at Texas Tech University

Table of Contents

Part One: Counseling Foundations Moss, Glowiak, Therapeutic Alliance and the Helping Relationship. Glosoff, Schwarz-Whittaker, The Counseling Profession: Historical Perspectives and Current Issues and Trends. Lee, Na, Pebdani, Cross Cultural Counseling. Stauffer, Owen, Ordway, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Counseling. Simpson, Falkner, Self-Care and Self-Growth: A Professional Responsibility. Christensen, Research and Writing in Counseling. Haley, Bourgois, Gelgand, Technology and Counseling Part Two: Counseling Skills Glowiak, Individual Counseling: Traditional and Brief Approaches. Capuzzi, Gross, Group Counseling. Vernon, Creative Approaches to Counseling. Foster, Assessment Practices in Counseling. Christensen, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Part Three: Counseling Specializations Osborn, Iarussi, Addictions Counseling. Platt, Drew, Career Counseling. Coker, Dixon-Saxon, Counseling in Clinical Mental Health and Private Practice Settings. Dykeman, Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling. Davis, School Counseling. Remley, Shaw, Student Affairs and College Counseling.

About the Editors

David Capuzzi, PhD, NCC, LPC, is a professor emeritus at Portland State University and a counselor educator at both Walden University and Canisius College. He is a past president of the American Counseling Association.

Douglas R. Gross, PhD, NCC, is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University, Tempe, where he served as a faculty member in counselor education for 29 years. He is a past president of the Arizona Counselors Association and the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling


For professors who want to draw from up-to-date examples, this new edition has incorporated current case studies and examples that illustrate hot-button topics. For example, p.330 presents a study dealing with insurance coverage options and DSM diagnostic standards, a few of the ever-evolving factors that students entering their careers will have to consider.

For professors who want their students to be familiar with professional organization standards and guidelines, useful websites highlighting those standards are included at the end of each chapter. For example, see p.119

For professors who want a textbook focused on helping students enter into and succeed in the counseling field, p.126 illustrates the editors take on holistic self-care, which they consider to be one of a counselor’s professional responsibilities. Also, p. 100-101 showcases an example of how the editors aim to acquaint students with ethical decision making and challenging legal dilemmas they may encounter.

For professors using the 5th edition who want to update their syllabus, the editors have included a detailed breakdown of how each chapter has been updated or revised on page ix. All chapters have been edited to make the text more user-friendly and current, so students are more engaged with the dynamic presentation of material.

Visit the companion website to access an improved and expanded set of online resources for students and instructors. This includes a handy cheat sheet on how each chapter fits with the with the 2009 Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards.