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A Brief Orientation to Counseling: Professional Identity, History, and Standards 2nd Edition
Edward S. Neukrug
ISBN-13: 9781305669055 | ISBN-10: 1305669053
© 2017 | Published |  240  Pages
Previous Editions: 9781111521226

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A BRIEF ORIENTATION TO COUNSELING provides students with the unique knowledge and skills needed as they begin their journey toward building an identity as a professional counselor. In a concise format, Neukrug addresses the 13 aspects of Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice outlined in the 2016 CACREP Standards, which will form the foundation for students' success in their work. Along the way, he provides real-world advice, vignettes to reflect upon, experiential activities, and case studies that will help students prepare for a career in the helping professions.



  • Part I: PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY OF THE COUNSELOR.
    1. What Is Counseling and Who Is the Counselor.
    2. Professional Associations in Counseling and Related Fields.
    3. Characteristics of the Effective Counselor.
    Part II: HISTORY AND CURRENT TRENDS IN THE COUNSELING PROFESSION.
    4. Predecessors to the Counseling Profession: From Antiquity to Early Social Work, Psychology, and Psychiatry.
    5. History of the Counseling Profession.
    6. Current Issues and Future Trends in the Counseling Profession.
    Part III: STANDARDS IN THE COUNSELING PROFESSION.
    7. Accreditation in Counseling and Related Fields.
    8. Credentialing in Counseling and Related Fields.
    9. Ethics in Counseling.
    10. Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Work: The Fourth and Fifth Forces.
    Afterword: Applying to Graduate School and Finding a Job.

    • A BRIEF ORIENTATION TO COUNSELING is unique in that it is concise and brief, yet offers an overview of one of the key areas in counseling -- professional and ethical issues. Organized into three sections -- professional identity, history and current trends, and standards -- the chapters address such topics as what is counseling and who is the counselor?, professional associations in counseling and related fields, characteristics of the effective counselor, accreditation, credentialing, ethics, and multicultural and social justice issues.
    • Vignettes, experiential activities, and case studies pique student interest and illustrate counseling roles, strategies, and practices.
    • An afterword helps students prepare for their futures in the profession as it pertains to job searches and selection, graduate school, and other professional activities.
    • Peppered throughout the book are revised vignettes, experiential activities, and newly developed case studies to enhance student learning.
    • Although the whole book is revised, the chapters on current issues and ethics have particularly been updated to keep up with current trends, the new ACA ethics code, and CACREP's 2016 Standards concerning Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice.
    • A glossary, which covers all of the major terms highlighted throughout the text, has been added to this edition to facilitate student learning.
  • "This text is a great for an Introduction to Counseling course. It covers all the main standards set forth by CACREP and provides a wonderful overview of the profession."

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  • Edward S. Neukrug is the former Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling and currently Professor of Counseling and Human Services at Old Dominion University, Dr. Edward S. Neukrug has taught counselor education and human services for over thirty years. In addition, he has worked as a substance abuse counselor, a counselor at a crisis center, an outpatient therapist at a mental health center, an associate school psychologist, a school counselor, and as a private practice psychologist and licensed professional counselor. Dr. Neukrug has written dozens of articles and chapters in books, has authored eight books, and was the editor of THE SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THEORY IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. Books he has written include: EXPERIENCING THE WORLD OF THE COUNSELOR: A WORKBOOK FOR COUNSELOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS (4th Edition); COUNSELING THEORY AND PRACTICE; SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONALS; and ESSENTIALS OF TESTING AND ASSESSMENT FOR COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS, AND PSYCHOLOGISTS (3rd Edition). He has also developed DVDs that demonstrate counseling skills and techniques, an interactive website where users can "meet" major theorists of counseling and psychotherapy and learn more about them and their theories (www.odu.edu/~enekrug), and an interactive survey where one can identify his or her view of human nature (http://ww2.odu.edu/~enekrug/therapists/survey.html).