Academic journal article The Journal of Rehabilitation

Disability across the Developmental Life Span: For the Rehabilitation Counselor

Academic journal article The Journal of Rehabilitation

Disability across the Developmental Life Span: For the Rehabilitation Counselor

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Disability Across the Developmental Life Span: For the Rehabilitation Counselor

Smart, J. (2012), New York: Springer Publishing Company pp. xiii & 518, (soft-cover) $80

Published in 2012, Disability Across the Developmental Life Span: For the Rehabilitation Counselor is a refreshing look at disability in relation to the major theories of human growth and development. This text can be used in graduate training for rehabilitation counseling and related disciplines. It appears that this is the only available text that provides a comprehensive coverage of human growth and development, a requirement mandated by the Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling. It would seem that it could also be used for Licensed Professional Counselor training. The text is well organized into three major sections and consists of sixteen chapters. The first section introduces the reader to some of the general aspects of theories of human growth and development. There is also a focus on the demographic shifts. One of the demographic changes not generally discussed is the growth in numbers of people with disabilities.

The middle section of the text provides a brief overview of the so-called grand theories. Chapters 3-8 include a brief, but thorough description of the developmental theories attributed to Freud, Erikson, cognitive learning, behavioral learning, Maslow and Kohlberg. Each chapter provides an outline of the theorist's biographies, the main points of the theories and some evaluation of the theories. This is followed by some insightful discussion of possible applications to people with disabilities. …

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