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A landmark publication, The Handbook of Counseling defines the field of counselling - how it has developed, the current state of the discipline and profession, and where this dynamic field is going. Edited and with chapters contributed by the leaders in counselling education and research, including several past-presidents of the American Counselling Association, this Handbook is comprehensive in its scope.

Counseling: Historical Origins and Philosophical Roots
Counseling: Historical origins and philosophical roots
Thomas J.Sweeney

Counseling has a unique place among the helping professions. Although the profession is not unique in the provision of counseling per se, it is a creation of both human and societal needs and our response to them as an evolving dynamic amalgam of individuals and organizations. Professionally trained counselors have come to share a common body of knowledge, a philosophical basis, and competencies suited to work with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations across the life span. Although doctoral preparation provides the recipient with greater in-depth research, consultation, supervision, counseling, and counselor education preparation, the master's-level practitioner has proven effective and is accepted as the entry level for the profession.

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