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The Professional Counselor's Desk Reference, Second Edition

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  • Irmo Marini PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP
  • Mark A. Stebnicki PhD, LCP, DCMHS, CRC, CCM

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"This book contains much useful information, including professional practice, ethics, cultural considerations, assessment, and intervention. This will be a wonderful addition to the libraries of students and professionals alike... Score: 97 - 5 Stars!"

--Gary B. Kaniuk, PsyD, Cermak Health Services, Doody's Reviews

Praise for the first edition

"Marini and Stebnicki have compiled an extremely useful and practical counseling resource covering a variety of topics...[U]ndergraduates, graduate students, and new counselors will find this a valuable tool...This unique volume is a great addition for college and university libraries...Highly recommended...."

--Choice (Named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2009)

This award-winning, bestselling reference for professional counselors and graduate students is extensively updated and expanded to encompass critical developments that are immediately relevant to the counseling professions, including the 2014 American Counseling Association Code of Ethics, CACREP/CORE accreditation standards, the updated DSM-5, the Affordable Care Act, and many other important changes. It reflects the ongoing consolidation of a strong identity for professional counselors and the need to address mental health and other counseling concerns amid marked sociocultural changes. The only resource of its kind, it is an extremely useful guide for counseling students working toward licensure and certification as well as experienced counselors, counselor educators, clinical supervisors, psychologists, and social workers.

The second edition offers a unique interdisciplinary approach inclusive across all counseling disciplines and features contributions from over 110 highly regarded experts in counselor education, research, and practice. It is based on the core content and knowledge areas outlined by CACREP and CORE accreditation standards and disseminates, in 93 chapters, both contemporary insight and practical strategies for working with the complexity of real-life issues related to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of diverse clients. New chapters address military and veteran health issues; evidence-based practice for training; counseling transgender individuals, partners, and families; counseling caregivers; social justice; and much more. In addition to being a quick-access resource for all counseling professionals, the second edition serves as a concise, accessible reference for graduate students preparing for certification and licensure exams. It features an expanded, comprehensive self-exam of 340 multiple-choice items based on the CACREP/CORE foundational content and knowledge areas for counselor education and training.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Updated and expanded discussion of ethical issues, including the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics
  • Affordable Care Act and its impact on delivery of mental health services
  • Coverage of DSM-5
  • Promotes an interdisciplinary approach inclusive across all counseling disciplines
  • Includes an expanded self-exam with 340 study questions for National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) and Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) prep
  • New chapters on military and veteran mental health issues
  • New chapters on evidence-based practices for counseling, social justice, and behavioral health and health disparities in the United States
  • New chapters on counseling caregivers, children with psychiatric conditions, and survivors of natural disasters
  • New chapter on counseling for wellness
  • New information on complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches
  • New information on counseling LGBTQ couples, partners, and families

Key Features:

  • Covers all key foundational content for CACREP/CORE-accredited programs within one volume
  • Provides quick access to a vast compendium of counseling information
  • Edited and authored by leading counseling scholars, educators, and practitioners
  • Relevant across all counseling specialties

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 21, 2015
  • Page Count 736
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171818

About The Author(s) 

Irmo Marini, PhD, DSc, CRC, CLCP, is currently a professor in the department of rehabilitation at the University of Texas-Pan American. He earned his master’s in clinical psychology from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Canada, and his PhD in rehabilitation from Auburn University in Alabama. Over his 22-year academic career, Dr. Marini earned two outstanding faculty research awards at Arkansas State, three faculty research awards at Pan-American, two outstanding teaching awards at Pan-American, and one service award. On a national level, he was the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, and, a year later, received the 2010 James F. Garrett Distinguished Career Award in rehabilitation research from the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association. He was also voted the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s 2013 recipient of the Rehabilitation Educator of the Year Award. In 2012, Dr. Marini received an honorary doctorate in science from his alma mater, Lakehead University. To date, he has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 30 book chapters, and coauthored and coedited four books on counseling and rehabilitation counseling psychology−related topics. He is former president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and former chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Mark A. Stebnicki, PhD, LPC, DCMHS, CRC, CCM, is Professor and Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate Program he developed in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University. Dr. Stebnicki is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina and holds three national certifications. He is also certified by the Washington, DC-based crisis response team, National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis team. He developed one of the nation’s first state credential, the Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC) offered and administered through the Licensed Professional Counseling Association of North Carolina (LPCANC). Dr . Stebnicki is an active teacher, researcher, and practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation needs of persons that have traumatic stress, chronic illnesses and disabilities. He has written and edited The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability 6th Ed. (2012, Springer Publishing), The Professional Counselors’ Desk Reference, 2nd Ed (2016, Springer Publishing), Empathy Fatigue: Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Professional Counselors (2008, Springer Publishing), What is Adolescent Mental Health?: Helping Disconnected and at-Risk Youth to Become Whole (2007 ), and Youth at-Risk (2001) workbook and DVD. He has presented at over 95 regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, and workshops, on topics ranging from youth violence, traumatic stress, empathy fatigue, and the psychosocial aspects of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Other accomplishments include consulting with former President Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical shooting incident.

Table of Contents 



Foreword Gerald Corey, EdD

A Tribute to Jane E. Myers: A Pioneer in Wellness and a Leader in the Counseling Profession Thomas J. Sweeney, PhD, LPC




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1. A Brief History of Counseling and Specialty Areas of Practice

Michael J. Leahy, Eniko Rak, and Stephen A. Zanskas

2. The Roles and Functions of Professional Counselors

Julie Chronister, Chih-Chin Chou, and Fong Chan

3. What Practitioners Need to Know About Professional Credentialing

Vilia M. Tarvydas, Michael T. Hartley, and Michael Gerald

4. Clinical Supervision Within Counseling Practice

James T. Herbert


5. Tools and Strategies for Developing Your Own Counseling Private Practice

Norman C. Dasenbrook

6. Raising the Bar: New Concepts in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics

David M. Kaplan

7. A Synopsis of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Affordable Care Act

Blanca Robles

8. Contracting Strategies With Managed Care and Other Agencies

Robert J. Walsh

9. The Electronic Health Record and the Mental Health Professional

Robert James Campbell

10. Managing Risk in Ethical and Legal Situations

Sara P. Johnston, Vilia M. Tarvydas, and Maggie Butler

11. Professional Disclosure in Counseling

Lloyd R. Goodwin, Jr.

12. Clinical Supervision of Rehabilitation Counselors

James T. Herbert


13. Conducting an Intake Interview

Gail Mears

14. Resource Brokering: Managing the Referral Process

William Crimando

15. How to Develop Treatment Plans

Gail Mears

16. Enhancing Client Return After the First Session, and Alternatively Dealing With Early Termination

Irmo Marini

17. Effective Use of Therapeutic Homework Assignments

Nancy A. Pachana and Nikolaos Kazantzis

18. Community-Based Rehabilitation: Context for Counseling

Michael J. Millington


19. The Elephant in the Room: Cultural Distrust Directed at White Counselors

Euchay N. Horsman, Valerie J. Rodriguez, and Irmo Marini

20. The Native American Indian Client

Winona F. Simms

21. Multicultural Issues in Counseling African Americans

Chuck Reid

22. Multicultural Issues in Counseling Asian Americans

Dibya D. Choudhuri

23. Mental Health Counseling With Hispanics/Latinos: The Role of Culture in Practice

Maria G. Romero-Ramirez

24. Counseling Persons From Middle Eastern Backgrounds

Nathalie D. Mizelle

25. Counseling White Americans

Nathalie D. Mizelle

26. Cultural Issues in Counseling Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals

Angela D. Ferguson

27. Rural Mental Health Counseling

Adina J. Smith, Jill Thorngren, and John C. Christopher

28. Counseling Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Shawn P. Saladin

29. The Use of Multiracial Feminism Within Counseling

Leticia Arellano-Morales


30. Psychoanalysis

Nancy McWilliams

31. Basics of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Arthur Freeman and Sharon E. Morgillo Freeman

32. Reality Therapy

Paul P. Alston

33. Existential–Humanistic Psychotherapy

Kirk J. Schneider

34. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Nando Pelusi

35. Behavior Therapy

Geoffrey L. Thorpe and Sandra T. Sigmon

36. Disability-Affirmative Therapy

Rhoda Olkin

37. Adlerian Therapy

Jon Carlson and Jean Johnson

38. Solution-Focused Brief Psychotherapy

Eva Miller and Irmo Marini

39. Motivational Interviewing

Grant Corbett

40. Gestalt Therapy

Philip Brownell

41. Feminist Therapy

Kathy M. Evans and Markesha Miller


42. Historical Perspectives in Career Development Theory

David B. Hershenson

43. Occupational Choice and the Meaning of Work

Ellen S. Fabian

44. What Counselors Should Know About School-to-Work Transition

Paul H. Wehman and Jennifer Todd McDonough

45. Career Counseling Across the Life Span

Glacia Ethridge, David Burnhill, and Shengli Dong

46. Work, Careers, and Disability

Kim L. MacDonald-Wilson

47. Career Development Theories

Brian Hutchison and Spencer G. Niles

48. Key Concepts and Techniques for an Aging Workforce

Susanne M. Bruyère, Debra A. Harley, Charlene M. Kampfe, and John S. Wadsworth


49. What Counselors Should Know About Personality Assessments

Mary Louise Cashel

50. Understanding the Use of Aptitude Tests in Counseling

Suzanne M. Dugger

51. Diagnostic Assessment in Clinical Counseling

David B. Peterson

52. Understanding Mental and Physical Functional Capacity Evaluations

Irmo Marini

53. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health: Applications for Professional Counseling

David B. Peterson

54. What Counselors Should Know About Vocational Assessment and Evaluation

Steven R. Sligar and Stephen W. Thomas


55. Family Assessment

Simone F. Lambert and JEMEG Dees

56. Guidelines in Counseling Families

Simone F. Lambert, Alfreda Renae Carmichael, and Lanada Williams

57. Effective Counseling With Couples

Nancy Newport

58. A Guide to Having a Healthy Family

Samuel T. Gladding

59. Theory and Practice of Counseling Families

Jessica E. Lambert and Robert A. Williams

60. Working With Individuals in Groups

Ed Jacobs and Christine J. Schimmel

61. Involuntary Members in a Group

Christine J. Schimmel, Ed Jacobs, and Jennifer R. Adams

62. Challenging Childhood Behaviors

Jeannie A. Golden

63. Counseling LGBTQ Families

Jeffrey F. Thomas

64. Counseling LGBTQ Couples and Partners

Joel M. Filmore, David Baretto, and Noel A. Ysasi

65. Counseling Families of Active Duty Military and Returning Veterans

Noel A. Ysasi, Irasema Silva, and Alicia D. Becton


66. Counseling Individuals With Disabilities

Julie Smart

67. Psychiatric Disability: A Biopsychosocial Challenge

Gregory G. Garske

68. Sexual Abuse Treatment

Noreen M. Graf

69. Counseling Criminal Justice Clients

David J. Simourd

70. Disaster Mental Health Response and Stress Debriefing

Mark A. Stebnicki

71. Substance Abuse Assessment

Lloyd R. Goodwin, Jr.

72. Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Lloyd R. Goodwin, Jr.

73. Counseling the Terminally Ill and Their Families

Kriss A. Kevorkian

74. Assistive Technology and Persons With Disabilities

Marcia J. Scherer

75. Counseling Issues in College Students

Perry C. Francis

76. School Violence: Prevalence, Impact, Assessment, and Intervention

JoLynn V. Carney

77. Military Counseling

Mark A. Stebnicki

78. Counseling Older Adults: Practical Implications

Eva Miller and Chuck Reid

79. Counseling Caregivers

Irmo Marini

80. Cultural and Clinical Issues When Working With Sexual Minorities of Color

Angela D. Ferguson


81. Positive Psychology

Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park

82. From Empathy Fatigue to Empathy Resiliency

Mark A. Stebnicki

83. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Medications

Kimberly A. Williams and Melanie B. Varnado

84. Counselor Burnout

Ted F. Riggar

85. Religion and Spirituality in Counseling

Perry C. Francis

86. Counseling Persons With Chronic Pain

Carrie Winterowd and Winona F. Sims

87. Psychiatric Medicines: What Every Counselor Should Know

Norman L. Keltner and Joan S. Grant

88. Testifying Issues and Strategies as an Expert Witness

Irmo Marini

89. Social Justice and Counseling the Oppressed

William A. Ramsey and Irmo Marini

90. Integrative Approaches in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Foundations of Mind, Body, and Spirit

Mark A. Stebnicki

91. Evidence-Based Practice and Research in Rehabilitation Counseling

Fong Chan, John Keegan, Veronica Muller, Cahit Kaya, Susan Flowers, and Kanako Iwanaga

92. The Psychosocial Impact of Global Disasters

Mark A. Stebnicki and Irmo Marini

93. Counseling for Wellness

Laura R. Shannonhouse, Jane E. Myers, and Thomas J. Sweeney

Appendix A: Professional Counseling Associations and Organizations

Noel A. Ysasi, Mark A. Stebnicki, and Irmo Marini

Appendix B: Self-Study Examination for PCDR

Appendix C: Answer Key for Appendix B Self-Study Examination