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Introduction to Counseling: An Art and Science Perspective (4th Edition) Hardcover – March 15, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0137016105 ISBN-10: 0137016107 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137016107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137016105
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Introduction to Counseling provides an overview of counseling and the helping professions from the perspective of art and science: the science of counseling that generates a knowledge base proven to promote competency and efficacy in the practitioner, and the art of using this knowledge base to build skills that can be applied sensitively to clients in a multicultural society. 

 

The Fourth Edition has been organized into three sections: An overview of counseling and the counseling process; developing a personal approach to counseling from a multicultural perspective; and special approaches and settings. The text stays true to its original focus by addressing such topics of multicultural counseling as gender, culture, and sexual orientation, as well as communicating how multiculturalism can be integrated into all aspects of counseling rather than viewed as a separate entity.

 

New to This Edition

  • NEW! Emphasis on the multicultural counseling movement (e.g., multicultural competencies), innovations in cognitive behavior therapy (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and gerontological counseling.

About the Author

Michael S. Nystul received his Ph.D in counseling from Oregon State University in 1974.  He has worked as a professor for 30 years and is currently Professor Emeritus from New Mexico State University .  Professor Nystul has over 100 publications including two textbooks. He has worked in numerous clinical settings and is currently a psychologist for the Deming, New Mexico School District.


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Customer Reviews

Easy to understand, well written book.
Robyn J. Simpson
The book was exactly what I needed for my class, it was cheaper to rent than buy, but unfortunately it came with way too much highlighting in it.
Julie
Would recommend for a beginning counseling class, because book is brief.
Kristina

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Nystul's "Introduction to Counseling: An Art and Science Perspective" is an excellent book for the beginning counselor either at the undergraduate level or the graduate level (we all start somewhere). I was assigned this book for my first Master's level class and it provided an excellent background into my chosen field. When I read the book, it cured a lot of questions that I had about counseling. I learned a lot of information that I either did not know or realize. Specifically, the book not only introduces the reader to counseling techniques, but also provides an overview of theoretical approaches, ethics and legal issues, assessment and diagnosis, and diversity issues. In addition, this book gives information on counseling approaches with various populations (i.e. child, group, family, school, career and mental health etc). Also, Nystul (1999) provided background information as well as practical techniques for each theory that he explained. Moreover, this book gives a superb rendition of various types of counselors and the description of duties that they perform. My favorite parts of the book are the "personal notes" where the author gives a story or example to go along with his discussion of a subject. The personal notes provide a great modality for the reader to look at a concept in a realistic or life-like manner. Most importantly, the book is organized extremely well and makes reading a lot easier than most textbooks; it utilizes pictures, diagrams, charts and etc. to get the point across in an effective and efficient manner. As a graduate student who utilized this book, I would highly recommend this book to professors, counselors and counseling students.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Destfino on February 26, 2007
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interesting, easy read, well organized and pretty informative. i prefer corey's book on counseling and pyschotherapy, but this one is a good 2nd.
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By matt on March 16, 2014
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for someone who is just getting into counseling, there isn't much more I could have really asked for in this book, it covers all of the basics and is easy enough to keep you reading, while thorough enough to get all of the important building blocks in line for future classes, and great for referencing.
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By Julie on September 15, 2013
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The book was exactly what I needed for my class, it was cheaper to rent than buy, but unfortunately it came with way too much highlighting in it. It kind of makes it hard for me to pinpoint what is important to me, and what was important to previous users of this book
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By Kristina on June 21, 2013
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Easy to read. Would recommend for a beginning counseling class, because book is brief. This is coming from a student in counselor education program.
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By S. Shansab on December 27, 2012
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this book was used for my class at $5.85 and no higher I am glad that I purchased this book my teacher did not mind at all it was one edition older.
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Easy to understand, well written book.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on May 12, 2012
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Good Introduction to Counseling for college students interested in counseling as a career. Covers the basics to prepare for higher and more focused books.
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