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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.

Advocacy for the Counseling Profession
Advocacy for the counseling profession
Dennis W.Engels
Loretta J.Bradley

Promotion of human worth, dignity, uniqueness, and potential is the cornerstone of counseling. This prominent and ennobling dedication in the preamble to the American Counseling Association's (ACA, 1995) ethical standards differentiates ACA and counseling from other organizations and professions in powerful and compelling ways. What nobler focus, what greater value, what more empowering source of commitment could one find for a profession, a professional organization, or professional practice?

This chapter focuses on counselors' championing of human worth, dignity, uniqueness, and potential as a beacon to unify the counseling profession and empower counseling practice in promoting client wellness and development. Policy and practice implications arise from definitions and discussions of advocacy issues, opportunities, and obstacles, and ...

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