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Understanding People in Context: The Ecological Perspective in Counseling

Understanding People in Context: The Ecological Perspective in Counseling

Ellen P. Cook

ISBN: 978-1-119-22274-3

Sep 2015

317 pages

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This exceptional book emphasizes uniquely designed interventions for individual counseling, group work, and community counseling that consider clients as individuals within the contexts of families, cultural groups, workplaces, and communities. Part I describes the theoretical research base and major tenets of the ecological perspective and its applications to counseling practice. In Part II, experts who have used the ecological perspective in their work discuss its usefulness in various applications, including counseling diverse clients with specific life challenges; assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning; and in schools, substance abuse programs, faith-based communities, and counselor training programs.

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Acknowledgments vii

About the Editor ix

About the Contributors xi

Part I Understanding the Ecological Perspective

1 Introduction 3
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2 Behavior Is Personal 11
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3 Behavior Is Contextual 37
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4 Behavior Is Interactional 67
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5 Behavior Is Meaningful 99
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6 Behavior Is Changeable 129
Ellen P. Cook and Susannah C. Coaston

Part II Applying the Ecological Perspective

7 Diversity From the Ecological Perspective 161
Mei Tang and Huma Bashir

8 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning From the Ecological Perspective 179
F. Robert Wilson

9 School Counseling 207
Jeri Crowell, Kerry E. Sebera, and Susannah C. Coaston

10 Counseling in Context: Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse Programs 229
Albert L. Watson, Nzingha Dalila, Jill Gomez, Greta Hochstetler Mayer, Steven W. Patrick, and Michael D. Brubaker

11 Working With Faith-Based Communities in Ecological Counseling 259
Joseph A. Stewart-Sicking and Wairimu Wanjau Mutai

12 Counseling in Context: Counselor Training 279
Michelle Flaum Hall and Geoffrey G. Yager

Afterword 297
Ellen P. Cook

Index 303