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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.

Postmodern Theories of Counseling
Postmodern theories of counseling
Sandra A.Rigazio-Digilio

How is meaning constructed? How do our constructions influence the ways in which we experience, understand, and participate in our world? Can we use these conceptualizations to inform counseling? These are fundamental questions postmodern theorists, practitioners, and researchers are attempting to answer. Approaches emerging from their work represent an important alternative to modern counseling practice. That is, whereas modernistic assumptions purport a single, consistent, and recognizable reality that exists independent of the knower, postmodern perspectives suggest the existence of multiple realities derived from interactions between the knower and the environment that are mediated by individual, social, cultural, and temporal factors. Accordingly, whereas traditional approaches view clients and client systems as nonadaptive reactors to a known environment and ...

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