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The field of counseling continues to become an increasingly significant part of the health industry of America. In late 1996, Congress passes a bill which helped to include mental health services with other health services. This bill legislatively formalized the tendency that was already sweeping the nation. And as counseling is gaining greater acceptance, larger numbers of people are choosing to enter this field. This book introduces the field and tenets of counseling and provides an up-to-date look at the current issues surrounding counseling. It also is tailored to the eight required categories for accreditation and licensure, content areas specified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. This book takes a personal approach to introducing readers to the field of counseling. Believing that human development is multi-sided, the authors recognize physical, cognitive-behavioral, social, emotional, and spiritual development. The book includes sections on stress management, career choices, responsibilities of counselors, learning counseling skills, theory and practice, and specific foundation areas like group, family, school and community. Also included throughout the text is a great attention to multicultural issues. Counselors and psychologists.
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