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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Conceptualizing Professional Counseling
  • Chapter 2 The Language of Counseling
  • Chapter 3 The Essential Structure of Counseling
  • Chapter 4 Initiating and Maintaining a Working Relationship
  • Chapter 5 Assessing Client Problems
  • Chapter 6 Developing Counseling Goals
  • Chapter 7 Defining Strategies and Selecting Interventions
  • Chapter 8 Affective Interventions
  • Chapter 9 Cognitive Interventions
  • Chapter 10 Behavioral Interventions
  • Chapter 11 Systemic Interventions
  • Chapter 12 Termination and Evaluation
  • Appendix A Integrative Practice Exercises
  • Appendix B Forms and Guides for Use in Counseling Practice

About the Author

Harold (Dick) Hackney, Professor Emeritus of counseling and counselor education at Syracuse University, is a nationally certified counselor and a Fellow of the American Counseling Association. Dick is past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and former member of the ACA Governing Council He is also a past-president of the Center for Credentialing and Education, an affiliate of NBCC. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse University, Hackney was a professor at Purdue University and at Fairfield University. In addition to eight editions of the current text, Dick has co-authored (with Sherry Cormier) eight editions of Counseling Strategies and Interventions. He also edited the text Practice Issues for the Beginning Counselor. Janine M. Bernard, Professor Emeritus of counseling and counselor education at Syracuse University, is a nationally certified counselor, an approved clinical supervisor, and a licensed mental health counselor in New York. Bernard is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association and a long-term member of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. She is a past-chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors. Prior to her appointment as department chair at Syracuse University, Bernard held faculty appointments at Purdue University and at Fairfield University. In addition to co-authoring this edition of Professional Counseling, Janine has co-authored (with Rod Goodyear) five editions of Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision.


From reviews of the text: "The Professional Counselor is a very clearly written text that the first-semester Master of Counseling students can easily grasp the content. I also received similar feedback from the students . . . . [C]hapters are structured in a manner that provides concreteness and continuity within the content. Therefore, it is easy to follow and understand for entry-level students. The written language of the book is very clear. The content is supported by good examples that help with the comprehension . . . . [T]he interventions (affective, cognitive, behavioral, and systemic) chapters are very well described." -Gulsah Kemer, University of Arizona State University "[Key strengths are:] The authors include the multicultural perspectives in many chapters. The structure and organization for each chapter are well planned. [And] the writing style is easy to understand for the readers." -Yu-Fen Lin, University of North Texas Dallas "The Professional Counselor . . . provides the beginning counselor the opportunity for a comprehensive overview of the process of counseling while further delivering specific interventions and approaches (i.e. fundamental counseling skills) . . . . While this is a text book with a focus on the counseling profession it doubly serves as a reference resource to providing an effective counseling program . . . . The key strengths of this text are the concise explanations of counseling concepts with practical clinical applications . . . . [M]any of my students comment on how helpful the text is in understanding the concepts of counseling . . . . This text is superior to others that I have used in that it explains practical applications of interventions and how to deliver those to the client." -Oscar Sida, University of Nevada Las Vegas

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