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.
Chapter 12: Promoting Parenting and Child-Rearing Skills
Whether through pregnancy, adoption, or the assumption of stepparent status, many young adults become parents and, in the process, experience the excitement and the challenge of a new role. “Parents protect the child's health, transmit social and cultural tradition, are the principal guides for the young child's development as a thinking, acting, and feeling person, and are the unique persons who enable the child to experience intimacy, security and love” (Beckwith, 1990, p. 400). Faced with the charge of raising children who will become productive adults, parents grapple with issues of providing discipline, nurturing self-esteem, developing independence, instilling responsibility, and improving communication skills (Conroy & Mayer, 1994). Meanwhile, parents must also attend to other ...