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.

Prevention and Treatment of Family Violence

Prevention and treatment of family violence
CarolynZerbe Enns

The American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996) defined family violence and abuse as “the physical, sexual, and emotional maltreatment of one family member by another” (p. 3). Family violence encompasses a diverse array of behaviors, including battering, child physical and sexual abuse, dating violence and marital rape, and elder abuse. The dynamics of family violence are highly complex, and acts of family violence are “disturbingly common” (Emery & Laumann-Billings, 1998, p. 122), even when conceptualized by the most conservative of definitions.

Given the complexity, diversity, and frequency with which counselors are likely to encounter counseling issues related to family violence, it is necessary for counselors to be ...

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