Counseling Adults in Transition: Linking Practice with Theory

Counseling Adults in Transition: Linking Practice with Theory

Counseling Adults in Transition: Linking Practice with Theory

Counseling Adults in Transition: Linking Practice with Theory

Synopsis

Effective adult counseling depends on a successful integration of empirical knowledge and theory with practice. Such a framework continues to be made explicit in this updated third edition of "Counseling Adults in Transition, " a practical guide for students, teachers, counselors, and all other helping professionals.

In the decade since the second edition of this book, the pace of change has accelerated, and the world has become more complex. This new edition expands upon areas which have gained increased attention in recent years: Cultural diversity Spirituality in the lives of today's adults Advocating on behalf of clients Teaching clients advocacy skills

The authors show how knowledge of adult development can be fruitfully integrated with essential helping skills. The resulting process-and-content model contains practical techniques for helping adults explore the important factors in their situations, understand what is normal about adulthood and life transitions, and enhance their abilities for successful coping. In addition, a special appendix written by Dr. Schlossberg has been added. This appendix on non-events encompasses practical suggestions and exercises for helping adults navigate life's disappointments and disillusionments. The clear aim throughout is to achieve, maintain, or increase adults' capacities to love, work, and play.

Excerpt

In the decade since the second edition of this book, the world has become more complex. The pace of change continues to accelerate, and adults experience ever more intrapersonal, relationship, and work transitions. The ability to communicate instantaneously makes everyone part of a global community. We not only experience our own transitions but also vicariously experience the transitions of those far away. We have watched on television as people faced the devastation of a tsunami in Southeast Asia, hurricanes and floods in the southeast United States, and terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., Madrid, Bali, and around the world. Technology continues to change our lives, individually and collectively. E-mail communication is now commonplace, and cell phones provide access to areas too remote for telephone wires.

Adults need coping strategies to face the challenges of this complicated world. There is an increasing need for counselors and other helping professionals to understand cultural diversity, and we as a profession are increasing our focus on the role of spirituality in the lives of today’s adults. We are also, as a profession, taking more responsibility for advocating on behalf of our clients, as well as teaching them advocacy skills.

This third edition expands on those areas—all of which have gained increased attention in recent years. In addition, we are including a special appendix on non-events, the things that you expected to happen that do not. It was written by Nancy Schlossberg and encompasses practical suggestions and exercises for helping adults navigate the disappointments that accompany not having life follow your intended script.

Nancy Schlossberg presented her transition theory in the first edition of this book, placing it in the context of other theoretical work on adult development. The second edition, with Elinor Waters and Jane Goodman . . .

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