Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession eBook, 8th Edition

Samuel T. Gladding

Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession eBook, 8th Edition

By Samuel T. Gladding
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For courses in Introduction to Counseling.


The most readable, practical, comprehensive overview of the roles and responsibilities of the professional counselor available–updated and improved to meet the needs of today’s counselors.

Long respected as the most comprehensive guide to the counseling profession available, Samuel Gladding’s text continues to emphasise counseling as a profession and counseling as an identity, while focusing on the roles and responsibilities of the professional counselor. Designed to ensure students get a head start in preparing for the professional challenges they will face in their futures as effective counselors, the book includes the latest research from counseling journals and other professional resources to show clearly the challenges of the profession that lie ahead.


The new edition of the text contains an even stronger emphasis on counseling as a profession and counseling as an identity, along with new or expanded sections on wellness, trauma, social justice, theories, process, multiculturalism, diversity, rehabilitation, motivational interviewing, bullying, microaggression, international counseling, addiction, abuse, and ethical and legal issues within the counseling profession. This text is even more equipped to help students prepare for professional challenges and a lifetime as an effective counselor than ever before.

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Samuel T. Gladding is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) as well and its former president. He has also served as president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) and president of Chi Sigma Iota (international counseling honorary). Gladding has authored numerous professional publications, including 45 books. Prominent among them are these texts by Pearson: Groups: A Counseling Specialty (2016), Family Therapy: History, Theory and Practice (2015), and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (with Deborah Newsome) (2014). 

Twice a Fulbright Specialist (Turkey and China), Professor Gladding has taught counseling and worked with counselors and universities in over a dozen countries and his writings have been translated into half a dozen languages. He was a first responder to the 9/11 attack in New York City and to the shootings at Virginia Tech providing psychological first aid to families and colleagues of victims killed. The American Counseling Association awarded him their highest honor, the Gilbert & Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person; the Association for Creativity in Counseling named their Inspiration and Motivation Award in his honor; and the ACA has named their Unsung Heroes Award after him.


Professors teach from–and students learn from–a comprehensive, success-proven text with a track record of popularity and use that has far surpassed other counseling texts in the field. With its emphasis on counseling as a profession–and becoming a professional counselor–this text shows students what counseling is all about, where it is conducted, what specialties are in the field, and how the process moves from beginning to end with different populations.

  • Students get an all-inclusive look at the field of counseling through comprehensive coverage of virtually every specialty of counseling and the process and theories connected to counseling.
  • A favourite resource often used as the main book students study before taking the National Counseling Exam, this edition continues the well-organised, well-written presentation of information that has made previous editions popular among thousands of counseling students since 1988.

The features that have made previous editions so widely popular have been updated and enhanced to continue the text’s unparalleled presentation of the field.

  • NEW! Counselors are able to keep current on the emerging trends in the field through over 240 updated and new references.
  • NEW! The text is now more approachable for courses taught on a semester basis through a format consolidation from 20 to 18 chapters.
  • NEW! Important information on the history of counseling (previously presented as an opening chapter in the Seventh edition) now appears in Appendix A, providing additional reading for those interested in expanding their knowledge.
  • NEW! Students and professors get a strong look at many of the main tenets of the major approaches to counseling through new charts that appear within the two chapters on theories and in Appendix B.
  • NEW! A more in-depth knowledge of supervision is provided in the expanded section in Chapter 10.
  • NEW! The flow of counseling as a complete entity is made clearer through Chapter 6 that combines the topics of working in a counseling relationship, and closing or terminating a counseling relationship.
  • NEW! Learning through visual cues is enhanced through the inclusion of over 40 new graphs and tables inserted throughout the text without interrupting the narrative around them.
  • NEW! How to work effectively with diverse and multicultural populations is supported through information that reflects the changes in demographics in the United States today. Infused throughout the book is material on working in a diverse and multicultural climate.
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: Personal and Professional Aspects of Counseling
  • Chapter 2: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Counseling
  • Chapter 3: Counseling in a Multicultural Society
  • Chapter 4: Counseling with Diverse Populations
  • Chapter 5: Building Counseling Relationships
  • Chapter 6: Working in and Closing a Counseling Relationship
  • Chapter 7: Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, and Humanistic Theories of Counseling
  • Chapter 8: Behavioral, Cognitive, Systemic, Brief, and Crisis Theories of Counseling
  • Chapter 9: Groups in Counseling
  • Chapter 10: Consultation and Supervision
  • Chapter 11: Evaluation and Research
  • Chapter 12: Testing, Assessment, and Diagnosis in Counseling
  • Chapter 13: Career Counseling over the Life Span
  • Chapter 14: Couple and Family Counseling
  • Chapter 15: Professional School Counseling
  • Chapter 16: College Counseling and Student-Life Services
  • Chapter 17: Abuse, Addiction, Disability, and Counseling
  • Chapter 18: Clinical Mental Health and Private Practice Counseling
  • Epilogue
  • References
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index