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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.

Changing Demographics of the Profession
Changing demographics of the profession
Don C.Locke

As society has evolved over the past century, the profession of counseling has seen significant changes so as to meet the needs of individuals, couples, and families. Professional counselors have moved from being primarily employed in educational and employment service settings to being employed in community agencies, corporate organizations, and private practice (Herr, 1999). Expansion into private practice and community agencies also has been stimulated by various societal factors that encompass the longer life spans of individuals, evolving nontraditional family structures, violence, changing racial/ethnic demographics, and the movement toward deinstitutionalization of individuals. By working in these areas, the counseling profession internally has increased its knowledge base, raised the standards of practice, developed stronger ethical standards, ...

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