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.

Development, Developmental Concerns, and Counseling

Development, developmental concerns, and counseling
Cindy L.Juntunen

Development can be defined as “systematic and successive changes over time” (Lerner, 1996, p. 781). These changes occur throughout the life-span and across various domains of human experience—emotional, cognitive, physical, social, and moral. The significance of human development is sometimes overlooked in mental health training, lost in the emphasis of preparing counselors to work with clients who require remediative interventions for mental health disorders. However, counseling and counseling psychology have long considered development and developmental concerns central to the mission of the counseling profession.

The American Counseling Association (1995) is self-described as “an educational, scientific, and professional organization whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of human development throughout the lifespan.” Similarly, counseling psychology is formally ...

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