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Counseling Theories: Essential Concepts and Applications Paperback – 21 Jun 2004


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Samuel T. Gladding is the chair of and a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been a practicing counselor in both public and private agencies since 1971. His leadership in the field of counseling includes service as president of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and Chi Sigma Iota (an international counseling honor society).

Gladding is the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work and the author of more than 100 professional publications. In 1999 he was cited as being in the top 1% of contributors to the Journal of Counseling and Development for the 15-year period 1978-1993. Some of Gladding's most recent books are Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession (5th ed., 2004); The Creative Arts in Counseling (3rd ed., 2005); Community and Agency Counseling (with Debbie Newsome) (2nd ed., 2004); Group Work: A Counseling Specialty (4th ed., 2003); Family Therapy: History, Theory, & Process (3rd ed., 2002); Becoming a Counselor: The Light, the Bright, and the Serious (2002); and The Counseling Dictionary (2001).

Gladding's previous academic appointments have been at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Fairfield University (Connecticut). He also worked as director of children's services in a mental health center and in a private practice counseling group for a number of years. Gladding received his degrees from Wake Forest (B. A., M. A., Ed.), Yale (M. A., Religion.), and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (Ph.D.). He is a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (North Carolina). Gladding is a former member of both the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling and the Research and Assessment Corporation for Counseling. He is also a Fellow in the Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Dr. Gladding is married to the former Claire Tillson and is the father of three children—Ben, Nate, and Tim. In addition to counseling, he enjoys tennis, swimming, and humor.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The perfect theory book 12 May 2007
By Dantepewter - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr Gladding presents concise, comprehensive, applicable and succinct theory descriptions. Perfect for the counseling student who is new to theories and their originators. It has been my companion throughout my Master's program!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Textbook 20 Sept. 2011
By Rebecca - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my favorite textbooks this semester. It is informative yet easy to read. Each chapter is identically structured to give a full comparison of the various theories and is followed by chapter summaries. Each theory has a chapter consisting of: major theorists, view of human nature/personality, role of the counselor/therapist, goals, process and techniques, multicultural and gender-sensitive issues, evaluation of the theory (strengths/limitations), treating Linda* (see below), summary and conclusions, classroom activities, and references. As a counseling graduate student with endless amounts of reading, I appreciate being able to learn a lot of information without weeding through dull meaningless fluff. It is also helpful to see each theory in action; at the beginning of the textbook, we are told the detailed story of client "Linda." At the end of each chapter, we learn how a therapist might use their respective theory to counsel Linda. Overall, this is an excellent source for a basic understanding of 14 essential counseling theories: psychoanalysis, alderian, existential, person-centered, gestalt, reality, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, rational emotive, transactional, feminist, bowen family systems, strategic family, and solution-focused therapy.
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Ok when you get past the authors narcism 20 Jun. 2011
By mike - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for my Theories of Counseling class because it was required. The book was pretty good as a survey book over the main theories used today. My major complaint with this book is how it looked cheap and that the author was annoyingly narcisstic. It looked like the intro pages to each chapter were made with a copier and slapped in there. Sometimes they were hard to read. Also on the intro pages to each chapter, the author included a poem that he wrote that was usually completely unrelated to each chapter. The poems did not aid in understanding and should have not been included. Gladding, get over yourself. No one wants to read your poetry, it is not even good. Not that I could do better, but seriously? This was supposed to be an academic book. Not sure why Gladding had to include his collection of his poetry.
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By SashR - Published on Amazon.com
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The shipping was really fast, however the condition of the book wasn't so great. It seemes to have maybe water damage or something cause the pages make a crunch noise every time you turn the page.
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
GIMMEE a BREAK! 29 April 2010
By Louise Folsom - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was required for a class I recently took. ALl I can say is: What a load of #@$! I haen't read such hackneyed tripe in many years. Back-porch counseling at it's worst!
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