KEY FEATURES: Unlike most literature related to behavioral health services for adolescents, this text is crafted specifically for the profession of counseling. Case scenarios address critical issues impacting today's adolescents including their characteristics, technology issues, diagnoses and typologies, special needs, and interventions involving treatment planning. Themes that are commonly faced by teens, including trauma, grief, loss, substance use, emotional issues, sexual development, and peers are covered. A diverse range of adolescents from both urban and non-urban settings are examined. This book addresses a broad audience that includes students in behavioral health training, counseling, and school programs; the practicing provider; and administrative/clinical supervisors and educators.


Chapter 1 Introduction


Before embarking on the journey of counseling adolescents, one must first understand what characterizes adolescents’ core issues developmentally, the external and internal factors that contribute to adolescents in need of counseling services, the history of the counseling field, and the role of providers in working with adolescents. Questions to ask throughout the chapter include “What characteristics may affect counseling adolescents?” “What characterizes an adolescent?” “What adolescent factors are pertinent to counseling interventions?” “What would be ...

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