Counseling: A Developmental Approach

Counseling: A Developmental Approach

Counseling: A Developmental Approach

Counseling: A Developmental Approach


The preeminent guide to the principles and practice of developmental counseling

To a great extent, our psychological well-being is determined by how well we adjust to the inevitable life changes that confront us across the life cycle. And it is the developmental counselor's job to help clients build competence in dealing with those changes.

The preeminent guide in the field for more than three decades, Counseling: A Developmental Approach has helped several generations of students and practitioners acquire a thorough understanding of and mastery in state-of-the-art developmental counseling principles and practices. This Fourth Edition is no exception. Updated and expanded to reflect the many significant changes that have occurred in the field since the publication of the last edition, it incorporates the latest research findings on human development, along with in-depth, practical coverage of critical issues such as:

• Contemporary concepts of development

• Developmental diagnosis

• Obstacles to optimum development

• Eclectic-integrative interventions

• The roles of gender and sexual orientation

• Multicultural developmental counseling

• Career counseling

Featuring advance organizers, chapter outlines, recommended readings, and other valuable pedagogic aids, Counseling: A Developmental Approach, Fourth Edition is an ideal text for graduate courses in counseling theory and counseling procedures. It is also an indispensable resource for counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, and other helping professionals who understand the crucial role that human developmental forces play in psychological health and dysfunction.


This book conceptualizes the process of counselor education and subsequent professional development as the product of a commitment to life-long learning. A major aspect of such learning involves continuing sequences of action and reflection that allow new experiences to be internalized and integrated with previous learning and personal experience. This process of experiential learning is elaborated in Chapter 15.

At the end of this book is a section called “Action and Reflection Issues.” It includes a brief synopsis and outline of each chapter. More importantly it contains a set of questions to consider—that is, to reflect on. These are intended to help organize, integrate, and personalize the principal research findings, values, and concepts contained in each chapter. The serious reader will be able to supplement that list with additional questions and issues drawn from his or her own experience.

The process of reading about and then reflecting on these ideas and issues in a deeply personal way constitutes the beginning of an action-reflection approach to professional development. Following the questions are lists of recommended readings and relevant journals that enable the reader to take the next action step of enriching a knowledge base and expanding the scope of professional reading. Action-reflection sequences of course culminate in the application and evaluation of new ways of working with clients and so increasing levels of professional development.

The reader may consult this material before, during, or after reading each chapter, or may choose to do so after completing a set of closely related chapters (Chapters 6, 7, and 8 on counseling theory and process, for example). The reader may choose to refer to these materials after completing the entire book, using them to pull together and internalize the most personally relevant and practically useful ideas.

Using these materials thoughtfully can help the reader to embark on a journey of personal growth and professional development.

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