Foundations for Clinical Mental Health Counseling An Introduction to the Profession

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2013-01-25
  • Publisher: Pearson
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In Gerig's Foundations for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, readers get an accurate picture of the mental health counseling profession in its contemporary environment, what the author calls a "professional view from the trenches that is academically informed." Here, future mental health counselors discover a fresh, up-to-date perspective on the profession in the book's descriptions of relevant settings, public policies, and trends that show clearly how counselors can be helpful to their clients, marketable to potential employers, relevant when communicating with stakeholders or public policy makers, and, when applicable, advocates for consumers and the profession.

Author Biography

Mark S. Gerig is Chair of the Division of Graduate Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion and Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Psychologist and has over 28 years of experience in clinical mental health counseling and counselor education. He previously served as the Manager of Crisis and Elderly Services at Hiawatha Behavioral Health, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and as an adjunct professor of psychology at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.


Dr. Gerig has been a leader in state and national professional organizations. He has served as President and Chair of Professional Development of the Indiana Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) and as a member of Professional Issues Committee of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. In recognition of his professional service, he was named recipient of the 2005 American Mental Health Counselors Association Counselor Educator of the Year and the Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the Indiana Counseling Association (2003).


Dr. Gerig resides near Marion, Indiana, with his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Laurén. His son, Brandon, is a fish biologist for the state of Utah. In addition to his professional activities, Mark enjoys hiking, biking, fishing, gardening, and ice hockey.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Theoretical and Historical Foundations

Chapter 1: What is a Licensed Mental Health or Professional Counselor?

Chapter 2: The Counseling Professions in Historical Perspective

Chapter 3: Theoretical Foundations for Clinical Mental Health Counselors

Chapter 4: Traditional and Contemporary Theories of Counseling


Part 2: The Credentialing and Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Chapter 5: Education, Licensure, and Certification

Chapter 6: Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Chapter 7: Employment Settings: Where Clinical Mental Health Counselors Work and What They Do

Chapter 8: Appraisal and Research in the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Chapter 9: Professional Practice in Multicultural Contexts


Part 3: Contemporary Issues and Trends

Chapter 10: Managed Care and Third-Party Reimbursement

Chapter 11: The Changing Face of Community Mental Health

Chapter 12: The Future of Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Appendix A

Appendix B 

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