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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 in Medical Settings
Counseling in medical settings
Sandra B.Barker

Medical settings present a broad array of facilities, programs, and opportunities for counselors. Hospitals provide inpatient services that serve specialized populations (e.g., children, older adults) or treat specific illnesses (e.g., cancer, mental illness, brain injuries). Typically, general hospitals provide inpatient services for patients with a wide range of medical needs. They may provide behavioral health/psychiatric services. Teaching hospitals, associated with some colleges and universities, include not only direct patient care but also research and the teaching of medical students and residents specializing in a variety of medical fields. Most teaching hospitals also have affiliated specialty centers, where research and clinical care are emphasized.

With the entry of managed care into the medical arena, most hospitals have had to ...

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