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 Behavior Problems for Children of Divorce
Prevention and treatment of behavior problems for children of divorce
MerithCosdenMariaGutierrez

On March 24, 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson and 11-year-old Drew Golden brought firearms to school and killed four classmates and one teacher. The country was shocked that such young children could be responsible for these murders. Various articles tried to make sense of their actions. An article in Time magazine (Labi, 1998) offered this explanation: “The amiable goofy kid [Mitchell Johnson] was upset by the 1994 divorce of his parents…. Close friends and young relatives had watched his behavior deteriorate” (pp. 28-37). One of Mitchell's relatives was quoted as saying, “Since they [Mitchell's parents] split, he's gone downhill.” The article implies that their ...

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