Preventive Counseling: Helping People to Become Empowered in Systems and Settings

Preventive Counseling: Helping People to Become Empowered in Systems and Settings

Preventive Counseling: Helping People to Become Empowered in Systems and Settings

Preventive Counseling: Helping People to Become Empowered in Systems and Settings

Synopsis

Preventive Counseling is an updated and revised edition to the 1987 text, Primary Preventive Counseling, a book which was ahead of its time, released when the concepts and practice of preventive counselling were in their infancy. A trailblazer fifteen years ago, Dr. Conyne remains at the forefront of this burgeoning movement and has provided both students and practitioners with a long-overdue second edition. Expanding upon the model developed in the earlier work, this revised edition focuses on 'everyday prevention' techniques that allow practitioners to quickly and seamlessly integrate prevention into their existing practice. A new section devoted to the applications of preventive counselling has been added, and the text now features an integrative approach to prevention and treatment. Written for both students and practitioners alike, this wholly updated and revised edition is sure to become a standard resource within the growing field of counselling psychology.

Excerpt

The first edition of this book was published in 1987, when prevention was an elusive concept. In fact, as a way to lend definitional clarity, I found it necessary then to indicate by the book's title that it would focus on primary (not secondary or tertiary) prevention for counselors. This clarification, I am pleased to note, is no longer necessary. Contemporary understandings of prevention are sufficient for capturing the directions needed for counselors and other helpers as they try to make a difference in the lives of people in systems and settings. At that time, there seemed to be interest building in prevention for counselors. For instance, I noted in the Preface to that edition (p. vi):

This gathering movement rides on the swell of primary prevention and goes by various synonyms, including wellness and health promotion. One can scarcely ever pick up the local newspaper or listen to the evening news without being confronted by presentations about the benefits of exercise, the importance of proper nutrition, the deadly hazards of smoking and excessive drinking, ways to manage and reduce stress in our lives, or how important support systems are for good health. People by the legion are learning to take better care of themselves so they can avoid becoming treatable patients.

On the professional front, considerable attention is being accorded prevention. Special issues of journals, some new books, courses being introduced into training curricula, and increased primary preventive practice are appearing. Consider these words about prevention that are drawn from “Counseling Psychology: A Historic Perspective” (Whiteley, The Counseling Psychologist, 12, 1984):

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