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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.

Specialties in Counseling
Specialties in counseling
Jane E.Myers
Thomas J.Sweeney

Hollis (2000) reviewed the criteria that generally must be met for the establishment of a profession. These include having a specific body of knowledge with recognized training programs, a professional organization of peers, accreditation of training programs, supervised clinical training, credentialing of practitioners, and legal recognition and licensure. In addition, professional behavior is guided by a code of ethical behavior. Consistent with these criteria, as Sweeney described in Chapter 1 of this volume, counseling emerged as a profession during the last half of the 20th century. The profession continues to grow, and according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) (U.S. Department of Labor, 2000), the outlook for new positions in the field exceeds the average for all professions ...

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