Counseling Women Across the Life Span

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Counseling Women Across the Life Span

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Empowerment, Advocacy, and Intervention

Author: Jill Schwarz PhD, NCC


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"Jill Schwarz' book, Counseling Women Across the Life Span: Empowerment, Advocacy, and Intervention, will be an excellent addition to any gender library, or a course in gender. It is a solid and innovation text".

    -- Catherine B. Roland, Ed.D, LPC, NCC, President, American Counseling Association (2016-2017)

This book, the first comprehensive text to focus specifically on counseling women and girls, provides a sweeping overview of female life span development and issues and offers a unique integration of prevention, advocacy, and interventions. With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners in diverse fields, it provides information, resources, and practical suggestions that counselors can use to help empower individual women and girls to live as their authentic selves, and to engage as effective collaborators in addressing societal inequities. With a strong focus on empowerment and adherence to a social justice framework, the book highlights the value of mental health practitioners employing strengths-based approaches and advocating for systemic change.

Based on a foundation of understanding females' diverse holistic development, the text explores the major theoretical approaches relevant to counseling and psychotherapy with women and girls. It then discusses the key issues faced by females at different developmental stages and describes appropriate counseling strategies for each, focusing on prevention as well as intervention. Specific concerns and strategies for women in different contexts, such as education, physical health and body image concerns, and violence, are emphasized. Unique to the text is coverage of how men specifically can serve as allies and advocates in creating healthier and safer societies for women and girls. Replete with supporting features such as learning objectives, self-reflection prompts, personal narratives, discussion questions, abundant resources, and strategies for how professionals can serve as advocates and change agents, this book is an ideal core text for courses on counseling women or gender issues in counseling, social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, and women's studies programs, as well as a useful resource for mental health practitioners.

Key Features:

  • Uniquely covers life span development and counseling issues, needs, and application for females across the life span
  • Emphasizes advocacy, prevention, and practical intervention strategies
  • Examines the contextual elements that affect the female experience, including the oppressive structures in which they live
  • Addresses global perspectives, diverse women, a social justice framework, and empowerment
  • Includes learning objectives, first-person accounts, "Calls to Action" and self-reflection and discussion questions
  • A sample course calendar and syllabus are available to instructors to aid in course development

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 13, 2017
  • Page Count 260
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826129161

About The Author(s) 

Jill Schwarz, PhD, is a core faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in their CACREP-accredited Counseling Master’s Program. There she teaches clinical skills courses to students who are pursuing certification and licensure in marriage and family therapy, clinical mental health, and school counseling. In addition to teaching on campus, Dr. Schwarz has taught graduate courses internationally in Asia and Europe and is the co-coordinator of a CACREP-accredited international school counseling program offered in Portugal. She has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate classes at several universities, including Rowan University and Montclair State University, where she received her PhD in Counselor Education. At TCNJ, Dr. Schwarz created a Counseling Women and Girls course, which she has been teaching for the past decade. In addition to being a National Certified Counselor, Dr. Schwarz is a NJ State certified School Counselor, Director of School Counseling Services, and Elementary Educator. She has extensive experience as a professional school counselor during which time she established and implemented an adolescent girls’ empowerment and leadership program. Dr. Schwarz is a research consultant and program evaluator for a counseling agency that provides services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and was recently invited to serve on the advisory council for a county organization serving women and children. In addition, she has also served as an invited speaker for professional development workshops related to counseling women and girls. Dr. Schwarz’s scholarly pursuits have included publications in peer-reviewed journals and edited textbooks as well as international, national, and regional presentations focused on gender issues in counseling and counselor preparation and practice.

Table of Contents 






1: Counseling Women and Girls: Introduction to Empowerment Feminist Therapy

Jill E. Schwarz

2: Gender Socialization

Cheryl L. Fulton

3: Intersectionality: Understanding Power, Privilege, and the Intersecting Identities of Women

Alina S. Wong

4: Women and Relationships: Introduction to Relational-Cultural Theory

Alyson M. Pompeo-Fargnoli


5: Gender Identity Development

Megan E. Delaney

6: Childhood

Sarah I. Springer

7: Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Jennifer E. Randall, Christine J. Schimmel, and Eva Barnewitz

8: Middle and Older Adulthood

Lucy Charlene Parker and Suzanne Degges-White


9: Violence Against Women and Girls

Rebecca Vazquez and Atsuko Seto

10: Educational and Work Environments

Amy D. Zavadil

11: Females and Their Bodies

Dana Heller Levitt and Connie S. Ducaine

12: Men as Allies

Christopher Kilmartin


Editorial Review(s) 

"Jill Schwarz' book, Counseling Women Across the Life Span: Empowerment, Advocacy, and Intervention, will be an excellent addition to any gender library, or a course in gender. It is a solid and innovation text"

-- Dr. Cathering B Roland, Ed.D, LPC, NCC, President, American Counseling Association (2016-2017)

"Counseling Women Across the Life Span: Empowerment, Advocacy, and Intervention is very timely and fills a much-needed gap in the literature. One of the unique features of this book is that it is multidisciplinary and can be useful to anyone studying gender in the social sciences, as well as practical applications for counselors. This book can also stand alone as a self-help empowerment book for woman and men-allies to empower women of all ages. I applaud Dr. Schwarz for the organization and scaffolding to provide a distinct lens that is sure to advocate for all women!"

-- Dr. Kara P. Ieva, Ph.D, NCC, NCSC

"As a clinical social worker who has worked many years in outpatient mental health and most extensively in the field of violence against women, I am pleased to share my reaction to "Counseling Women and Girls Across the Life Span". Many excellent publications contain modalities, strategies and techniques in counseling theory. What this book does very effectively is to juxtaposition counseling theory with the socialization and power imbalance inherent in the lives of women and girls in our society. Of important note is the final chapter that discusses our male allies. Dispelling the myth that men are the enemies of feminist theory is critical in bringing theorists and clinicians together in this work that is so important and has such potential to impact sustaining change. I found Counseling Girls Across the Life Span to be a very well developed and organized book that can provide an important tool for all of us who work with women and girls in our practice and understand how important it is to consider every nuance that impacts on our clients lives."

-- Patricia M. Hart, M.S.W., LCSW, Executive Director of Womanspace, Inc.

"Counseling Girls and Women Across the Lifespan is an ideal text for any course in counseling girls and women. It fully examines the societal, environmental and developmental factors impacting girls and women during each stage of life and offers concrete and effective counseling strategies and resources. Instructors and students alike will value this text due to its readability, connection to the latest research in the field, suggestions for personal reflection and advocacy and thorough coverage of many effective counseling interventions."

-- Dr. Marion Cavallaro, Ph.D. LPC, The College of New Jersey

"Dr. Jill Schwarz' Counseling Women Across the Lifespan is tailor made for gender-specific counseling courses. This text is highly accessible and comprehensive, and includes specific learning objectives, state-of-the-art research, and questions for student reflection and discussion. Importantly, each chapter is a Call to Action for all counselors to be advocates for change in a world that desperately needs empowering approaches for counseling girls and woman."

-- Dr. Mark Woodford, PhD, LPC, MAC

"Within the pages of Counseling Women Across the Lifespan lay the seeds of professional and personal transformation. The text provides a comprehensive review of the issues that today's women face, while providing practical ideas for intervention and advocacy. With thought-provoking reflection questions at the end of each chapter, testimonials from graduate students who have been transformed as a result of this work, and actionable steps that you can take on behalf of women's rights, you cannot be but changed after engaging with this compelling text."

-- Corinne Zupko, EdS, LPC, NCC

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