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The counseling dictionary : concise definitions of frequently used terms
2nd ed.
Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall, c2006.
Physical Description:
xv, 157 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Book BF637.C6 G5332 2006 1

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This book provides concise definitions of key concepts and interventions in the field of Counseling. The book includes 500 new terms, the names of prominent professionals who have shaped the profession, and a brief history of counseling and the American Counseling Association. School Counselors.

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Choice Review

Gladding (Wake Forest Univ.) is a prolific writer who has contributed to the counseling literature for over 30 years. As the book notes, he was motivated to write this dictionary after having trouble finding an adequate glossary in a textbook or an up-to-date reference book of this kind. According to the preface, the dictionary provides basic definitions for over 2,600 terms, names, and abbreviations common to the profession. Words are italicized within definitions if they are themselves defined elsewhere in the dictionary. Unique to this second edition is the inclusion of 500 new terms, URLs for organizations and associations, and the names of "prominent professionals" in the field. Gladding's dictionary will be a good supplement to two others: Donald Biggs's Dictionary of Counseling (CH, Dec'94, 32-1851) and Colin Feltham and Windy Dryden's Dictionary of Counselling (2004). Biggs offers fewer but more complete entries, along with numerous references, but is not as current as Gladding. Feltham and Dryden also offer occasional references; however, neither this source nor Biggs includes as helpful a collection of acronyms and abbreviations for identifying organizations and test instruments. Gladding created this work for laypersons, students of counseling, and teaching/practicing professionals. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. C. Hebblethwaite SUNY Oswego

Table of Contents

Terms are arranged alphabetically from A to Z