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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.

Epistemological and Methodological Issues in Counseling
Epistemological and methodological issues in counseling
Edna MoraSzymanski
Randall M.Parker

Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that addresses the question, “What is true?” In other words, it is the study of the nature and origin of knowledge. The epistemological question just stated and two others form the foundational foci of philosophy. The two other questions “What is real?” and “What is good?” are the philosophical domains of ontology and axiology, respectively (Morris, 1961; New College Dictionary, 1999). This chapter speaks specifically to epistemology and its ramifications for counseling research methodology.

How professional counselors view the source and character of knowledge shapes their worldview. Moreover, knowledge institutionalized in individuals is a key element of professions (Abbott, 1988). In addition, access to and control of ...

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