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Beginning counseling students get a comprehensive, user-friendly, real-world look at all aspects of the field of clinical mental health counseling in this popular text. Here the authors combine an insightful introduction to the foundations with a first-hand look at the many roles and functions clinical mental health counselors perform, the variety of settings in which they work, and how that work differs from one client population to another. The focus is on approaches that promote prevention, early intervention, wellness, and advocacy and take into account the client, the environment, and the interaction between the two. Included in this Fourth Edition of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings is new information on professional identity; the effects of today’s technological changes, such as cyber bullying and social networking; holistic perspectives; biopsychosocial assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning; counseling in today’s diverse society; counseling in college and university settings; suicide assessment and intervention; counseling older adults; and more.

Author Biography

Deborah W. Newsome, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is the department’s Clinical Mental Health Program Director, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Licensed North Carolina School Counselor.  She teaches courses in clinical mental health counseling, counseling skill development, assessment, and career development and counseling. She also supervises graduate students’ clinical experiences and volunteers at a local nonprofit counseling center.


Dr. Newsome coauthored two previous editions of this textbook: Community and Agency Counseling (2nd ed.), Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings (3rd ed.), Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall. She has authored or coauthored over 25 book chapters and journal articles. In 2005, she received Wake Forest University’s Graduate Student Association Faculty Excellence award.



Samuel T. Gladding, Ph.D., is chair and a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association and its former president (2004-2005). He also has served as president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), the American Association of State Counseling Boards, and Chi Sigma Iota. He is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Works, a past member of the American Counseling Association Foundation, and a current member of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.


Dr. Gladding has authored numerous professional publications, including 37 books. In 1999, he was cited as being in the top 1% of contributors to the flagship periodical of the American Counseling Association: the Journal of Counseling and Development.  He is National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (North Carolina).

Table of Contents

Part 1       Historical and Professional Foundations of clinical mental health Counseling 

                  Chapter 1     Historical Overview of the Counseling Profession  

                  Chapter 2     Professional Identity  

                  Chapter 3     Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling  

                  Chapter 4     Clinical Mental Health Counseling in a Diverse Society  

    Part 2    Roles and Functions of Clinical Mental Health Counselors  

                  Chapter 5     The Counseling Process  

                  Chapter 6     Client Assessment and Diagnosis  

                  Chapter 7     Holistic Approaches to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

                  Chapter 8   Mental Health Consultation, Advocacy, Client Outcome Evaluation, and Program Evaluation

              Chapter 9   Suicide Assessment and Intervention, Crisis and Disaster Response, Managing Stress, and Avoiding Burnout

                                      (Deborah W. Newsome & James D. Raper)

    Part 3    Working with Specific Populations  

                  Chapter 10    Working with Groups  

                  Chapter 11    Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling 

                  Chapter 12    Counseling Adults 

                  Chapter 13    Counseling Children and Adolescents 

    Part 4    Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Settings and Services  

                  Chapter 14    Community Agencies, Medical Settings, and Other Specialized Clinical Settings  

                  Chapter 15    College and University Settings, Career Counseling, Coaching

                                      (Deborah W. Newsome & Kavitha Dharmalingam)

             Chapter 16 C Employee Assistance Programs, Private Practice, and Managed Care 

Appendix   American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2005)

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