The Professional Counselor A Process Guide to Helping

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-01-08
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Students and beginning counselors can turn to this helpful guide to get the concepts, techniques, interventions, strategies, and skills they achieve effective results with their clients. Every step of the counseling process is covered, from initial client contact to relationship building, assessment, goal setting strategy selection, treatment planning, and finally evaluation and termination.

Author Biography

Harold Hackney, Professor Emeritus of counseling at Syracuse University, is a national certified counselor, licensed professional counselor, and approved clinical supervisor and is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association. Harold is past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, a former member of the ACA Governing Council, and served on the Board of the Center for Credentialing in Education. His areas of expertise include counselor training, training of future counseling professors, research methodology, counseling processes, and counseling theory. Hackney’s writings draw from his experiences as a school counselor and a marriage and family counselor, as well as from his research on counseling processes and spirituality in counseling. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse University, Hackney was a professor at Purdue University and Fairfield University.


Sherry Cormier, Professor Emerita of counseling, rehabilitation counseling, and counseling psychology at West Virginia University, is a licensed psychologist in the state of West Virginia and a long-standing member of the American Counseling Association. Her areas of expertise include counselor training, counseling interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, clinical supervision, and health and wellness. Currently she is affiliated with Transformational Practices, an endeavor in which she provides clinical and consultation services and training to a variety of individuals and organizations. Prior to her appointment at West Virginia University, she was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Chapter1: Conceptualizing Counseling

Chapter 2: The Language of Counseling

Chapter 3: Stages and Skills of Counseling

Chapter 4: Building a Working Relationship

Chapter 5: Assessing Client Problems

Chapter 6: Developing Counseling Goals

Chapter 7: Defining Strategies and Selecting Interventions

Chapter 8: Affective Interventions

Chapter 9: Cognitive Interventions

Chapter 10: Behavioral Interventions

Chapter 11: Systemic Interventions

Chapter 13:Termination and Follow-Up

Appendix A                             

Integrative Practice Exercises

Appendix B                   

Forms and Guides for Use in Counseling

Appendix C                             

 Ethics and Professional Practice Websites



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