The sixth edition of Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession, likes it predecessors, covers every major topic in the counseling field, e.g., history, theory, practice, specialties, current trends, and does so in a very readable and interesting style. The book is developmental in nature and leads the reader logically and smoothly from one important area to another. The chapters are illustrated and up-to-date with the most recent research in the field. This book is often used by students as the main source in studying for the National Counselor Exam (NCE). It is considered the "gold standard" by which other books in the field are judged since it has been the best-selling book in this area of counseling for 20 years.
Highlights of the New Edition:
In addition to overviewing counseling's history as both a generic and specialized part of the helping profession, its theories, processes, issues, specialties, and trends, Gladding (counselor education, Wake Forest U.) in this edition (last, 1996 copyright) concentrates on the importance of the personhood of counselors and the multicultural, ethical, legal, and consultative environments in which they practice. Includes classroom activities. Appends the ethical standards of the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association, classifications from the , and a list of counseling-related organizations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)