Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings eBook, 5th Edition

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings eBook, 5th Edition

By Samuel T. Gladding, Debbie W. Newsome
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For courses in Community/Agency Counseling.


A strong foundation for building counseling skills that addresses the latest CACREP standards.

Rapid changes in our world compel changes in the way mental health counselors must practice. Focusing on approaches that promote prevention, early intervention, wellness, and advocacy, Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings gives today’s counseling students a user-friendly yet scholarly approach to all aspects of their future profession.

The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) now recognises only Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) programs that have met the accreditation standards; therefore, the authors now focus exclusively on clinical mental health counseling to give students a strong base in this specialty area. Gladding and Newsome examine the history and professional foundations of counseling, legal and ethical issues, counseling with diverse populations, multiple roles and functions of clinical mental health counselors, and the many settings in which clinical mental health counselors practice.

Information presented in the chapters is supplemented with narratives supplied by mental health professionals employed across counseling settings, who share their views of the rewards and challenges associated with the services they provide. In addition, case studies in each chapter provide opportunities for students to grapple with challenging issues faced by clinical mental health counselors.


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Text features and benefits include:

  • Provides a careful presentation of the history and professional foundations of counseling, the many roles and functions of clinical mental health counselors, the specifics of working with various populations, and the settings in which clinical mental health counselors work and the services they provide.

  • Features a logical, coherent organisation that better equips students to serve as clinical mental health counselors.

  • Offers a practical, real-life focus on applying concepts presented in the case studies and in the narratives provided by professionals in the field.

  • Includes coverage of case conceptualisation, diagnosis, treatment planning, and record keeping.

  • Current, relevant information about issues pertinent to the profession is included, preparing students to become clinical mental health counselors.

Updates, revisions, and key content changes include:

  • UPDATED! Over 200 references have been added or updated, keeping this revision current with the research in the field.

  • UPDATED! References to the DSM-TR-IV have been replaced by references to the DSM-5, making the diagnosis of clients current with the latest standards in the field.

  • UPDATED! References to the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics of 2005 have been replaced with a focus on the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics.

  • UPDATED! References to 2009 CACREP Standards have been replaced with references to the 2016 CACREP Standards.

  • Features a more complete discussion of the standards for students in CACREP-accredited programs.

  • REVISED! Streamlined from 16 to 15 chapters, the text now aligns more with semesters which are usually 15 weeks long. (The separate chapters on the history of counseling and identity as a mental health counselor have been combined.)

  • NEW! More than two dozen tables, figures, and boxes have been added to summarise important material.

  • NEW! Key words and concepts throughout are now boldfaced for easier identification.

  • REVISED! Some chapter material has been reorganised, such as the following:

    • “Coaching” has been moved from chapter 13 on college and career counseling and placed in chapter 15 next to private practice, which is more likely to be a setting that employs this clinical mental health specialty.

    • The last half of Chapter 8 (dealing with crises and disasters) has been moved to the front of the chapter, as these are more prevalent activities counselors will be involved in than matters pertaining to suicide.

  • REVISED! Chapter lengths have been evened out to provide a more uniform flow to the text.

  • NEW! An Epilogue has been added that compares where the field of counseling and mental health counseling was in the late 1970s when it was first formulated and where it is in the 2010s.

Table of contents
  • 1.  History of and Professional Identity in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • 2.  Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling 
  • 3.  Clinical Mental Health Counseling in a Diverse Society
  • 4.   The Counseling Process 
  • 5.   Client Assessment and Diagnosis 
  • 6.   Holistic Approaches to Clinical Mental Health Counseling 
  • 7.   Consultation, Advocacy, and Evaluation
  • 8.   Dealing with Crises, Disasters, and Suicide, while Managing Stress, and Avoiding Burnout
  • 9.   Working with Groups 
  • 10. Couples and Family Counseling 
  • 11. Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • 12. Counseling Adults  
  • 13. College and Career Counseling
  • 14. Community Agencies, Medical Settings, and Other Specialized Clinical Settings 
  • 15. Employee Assistance Programs, Private Practice, Coaching and Managed Care 
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix - ACA Code of Ethics (2014)
  • References
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index