Counseling Across the Lifespan expands the perimeters of counseling with its emphasis on preventive techniques for adjustment problems in the lifespan of a normal individual. This cogent work focuses on counseling intervention strategies from the unique perspective of an individual’s lifespan, placing techniques in the proper development context. By concentrating on life stages—from childhood through old age—the authors identify the nature and origin of various psychological issues such as self-identity and healthy lifestyle development in adolescents, family violence in young adults, or retirement transitions for older adults. The intervention tools needed to confront these issues are presented through succinct pedagogical features including case examples, checklists for evaluating clients, and exercises.

Counseling in the 21st Century: A Mental Health Profession Comes of Age
Counseling in the 21st century: A mental health profession comes of age
Donald R.Atkinson

Over the course of the 20th century, counseling grew from an educator role that supplemented vocational guidance to a full-blown profession in its own right. The foundation of the profession, laid in the first decade of the last century, included a heavy commitment to preventing problems, promoting development, and resolving concerns for “normal” (nonpsychotic) people of all ages. Although the two major professional organizations that represent counselors have continued to acknowledge the important role of prevention, professional interest in prevention and development has waned since the mid-1970s (Conyne, 2000). Now the counseling profession has an opportunity to capitalize on current societal ...

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