Counseling Psychology, Third Edition

Pages: 648
Item #: 4317337
ISBN: 978-1-4338-1711-3
List Price: $89.95
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Publication Date: April 2014
Format: Hardcover
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Developed as the first extensive overview of counseling psychology, this detailed and engaging work has been an invaluable resource for everyone from undergraduate students to veteran practitioners and researchers for over 20 years, even those working in other disciplines.

This long-anticipated 3rd edition has been updated to incorporate contemporary research and theoretical approaches, including feminist multicultural counseling.

This book has also been reorganized into three distinct sections that provide readers with easy access to specific information.

The first section provides a general overview of counseling psychology, including its guiding principles and ethics, such as the counseling psychologist's dual role as a scientist-practitioner and the focus on clients' strengths; the history and foundational research behind the field; and distinctive and shared qualities compared to other psychological disciplines.

The second section examines the practice of counseling psychology, discussing such topics as the counselor-client relationship, assessment and testing methods, group and family counseling, and the four dominant therapeutic approaches within the field — psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and feminist multicultural.

All of this information culminates in the third section with advice about training, graduate and post-graduate work, and career development, providing clear applications for readers who wish to progress as counseling psychologists.

Table of Contents


I. The Scope and Goals of Counseling Psychology

  1. An Introduction to Counseling Psychology
  2. History of Counseling Psychology
  3. Ethical Values of Counseling Psychologists

II. The Science of Counseling Psychology

  1. Research Strategies and Paradigms of Counseling Psychologists
  2. Vocational Theory and Research: Milestones and New Frontiers
  3. Diversity and Social Justice
  4. Working With Strengths: Counseling Psychology's Calling
  5. Analyzing the Techniques, Processes, and Outcomes of Counseling and Psychotherapy

III. The Practice of Counseling Psychology

  1. The Therapeutic Relationship
  2. Science and Practice of Assessment
  3. The Psychodynamic Approach
  4. The Cognitive–Behavioral Approach
  5. The Third Force: The Humanistic–Experiential Approach
  6. Feminist Multicultural Counseling: Integration and Cultural Competence in a Changing World
  7. Career Psychology: Theories and Interventions
  8. Beyond the Individual: Group, Couple, and Family Therapy

IV. Careers in Counseling Psychology

  1. Training and Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology



About the Authors

Author Bios

Charles J. Gelso, PhD, is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has published widely in the area of the therapeutic relationship in psychotherapy and the research training environment in graduate education. His most recent books are The Real Relationship in Psychotherapy: The Hidden Foundation of Change and Countertransference and the Therapist's Inner Experience: Perils and Possibilities (with Jeffrey A. Hayes). He has been the editor of Psychotherapy and the Journal of Counseling Psychology and has been given major awards in the field.

Elizabeth Nutt Williams, PhD, is a professor of psychology and dean of the core curriculum at St. Mary's College of Maryland, a public liberal arts honors college. Her most recent book, The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology (with Carol Enns), reflects her long-standing interest in the intersections of feminist and multicultural theories and their applications to counseling practice. She has received awards for her teaching as well as for her scholarship in psychotherapy process research from the Society for Psychotherapy Research and from APA Division 29 (Psychotherapy). She has served as president of APA Division 29, as newsletter editor and chair of the Section for the Advancement of Women for the Society of Counseling Psychology, and on numerous editorial boards (including Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Research, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and The Counseling Psychologist).

Bruce R. Fretz, PhD, (1939–2012) was a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park, throughout most of his career, and he was the long-standing training director or codirector of the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at Maryland. He was also a leader in the field of counseling psychology, having served in many capacities in APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), including being division president in 1991–1992. He published widely in the major journals in counseling psychology, and was the editor of The Counseling Psychologist from 1985–1990. During his career, he was an acclaimed teacher, who loved to teach introductory psychology to university undergraduates as well as advanced doctoral-level courses. Along with Charles Gelso, he was the coauthor of all three editions of Counseling Psychology. To learn about his career, read Gelso, Hill, and O'Brien's (2013) "In Memoriam" in The Counseling Psychologist.