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.

Supporting Adaptation to New Family Roles in Middle Age
Supporting adaptation to new family roles in middle age
Lori R.Kogan
TammiVacha-Haase

Each age of life is new to us, and we find ourselves hampered by inexperience regardless of our years.

—Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld (translated from the French by John Heard)

How do relationships change within the family system as individuals reach middle age? How do people adapt to these changes? And how can counselors help with these transitions? These questions reflect the unique journey of those going through the uncharted territory of middle age—the focus of this chapter. Answers to the questions provide counselors the foundation to effectively prevent difficulties or intervene in times of crisis for clients in midlife.

Unfortunately, middle age has received less attention than any ...

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