Counseling Psychology and Optimal Human Functioning

Counseling Psychology and Optimal Human Functioning

Counseling Psychology and Optimal Human Functioning

Counseling Psychology and Optimal Human Functioning

Synopsis

Counseling psychologists have always been vitally involved in promoting good health and preventing mental, physical, and social disorders. This volume focuses on how their efforts can foster and build optimal human strength and well-being. The chapters show how counseling psychology plays a major role in helping people make changes at home, at work, and in the community in ways that prevent disease risk and strengthen personal and social resources. Written by leading psychologists, the volume shifts away from pathology and illness and moves more toward the science of positive psychology. Five major themes-intact personalities, individual assets and strengths, positive mental health, person-environment interaction, and career development-are discussed. These serve to unite the roles and tasks of counseling psychology. All students and professionals concerned with mental health and career counseling find Counseling Psychology and Optimal Human Functioning thought-provoking and helpful reading.

Excerpt

The aim of this volume is to focus on how counseling psychology fosters and builds optimal human strength and well-being. Counseling psychology in some form has always been a vital part of promoting good health and preventing mental, physical, and social disorders. The chapters in this book show how counseling psychology plays a major role in helping people make changes at home, work, and in the community in ways that prevent disease risk and strengthen personal and social resources. The chapter titles are as follows: “The Healthy Personality”; “Fostering Exceptional Development in In' tellectually Talented Populations”; Individuality and Optimal Functioning in Interests, Self-Efficacy, and Personality”; “Person-Environment Psychology and Well-Being”; “Optimal Human Functioning From Cross-Cultural Perspectives”; “Optimal Human Functioning in People of Color in the United States”; “Toward a Positive Psychotherapy: Focus on Human Strength”; “Strength-Based Health Psychology Counseling for Total Human Health”; Toward a Taxonomy of Human Strengths: Career Counseling's Contribution to Positive Psychology”; “Assessing Optimal Human Functioning”; and “Fostering Human Strength Through Diversity and Public Policy”: The final chapter “A Counseling Psychologist's Perspective” summarizes, integrates, and comments on the contents of counseling psychology and optimal human functioning.

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