in Exercise Consulting
This book serves the primary purpose of providing information and insight into a virtually untapped and underserved area in the profession of mental health consulting—helping clients improve their health and quality of life through exercise. Clinical and counseling psychology programs are laden with courses that address understanding client needs and developing cognitive and behavioral techniques to improve mental health. Yet, the area of exercise as an important strategy to overcome a client's personal [storms] receives no attention in the curriculum. Although informed psychologists often suggest that clients start exercising or join a fitness facility, clients often require emotional support and information to facilitate this process that most MHPs (nor anyone else) are not providing. The result is that clients begin a program, only to drop out within weeks or months. Hopefully, this book will encourage many MHPs to reconsider their role in the process of lending encouragement and support to clients in successfully pursuing an exercise program.
The purpose of this chapter is to discuss future directions in the consulting process and to generate ideas and strategies to move this area forward. Ideally, every MHP would incorporate an exercise component with every client (if possible) in their private practice.