Handbook of Counselor Preparation
Constructivist, Developmental, and Experiential Approaches
- Garrett McAuliffe - Old Dominion University, USA
- Karen Eriksen - Eriksen Institute for Ethics, Radford University, USA
This definitive single-volume guide is the first of its kind on teaching and developing counselor educator programs that embrace constructivist and developmental theory. Leading scholars and experts offer practical advice on teaching courses in every area of counseling practice. As a result, the book is ideal for current and future counselor educators and supervisors as well as faculty in other helping professions. The authors seek to inspire educators to empower and involve, to risk "losing control" over subject matter, to hear student voices, to pose dilemmas, and to challenge their own assumptions in the presence of their students using constructivist, developmental, and experiential thinking and strategies.
Coverage of the foundations of constructivist and developmental teaching in Part One includes the pedagogies of the classic thinkers in the teaching field, namely John Dewey, Lawrence Kohlberg, and David Kolb, explicit guidelines for teaching, the phases of counselor development, and a primer on six common teaching strategies.
Carefully-crafted guides for teaching in 17 content areas in the counselor education curriculum provide readers with practical "how to" information.
Innovative ideas for counselor education in Part Three offer readers keys to evaluating outcomes in counselor education, expanding technology in the field, and boldly infusing narrative theory into counselor education.
Exercises in constructivist, developmental, and experiential approaches appear in chapters to give readers an opportunity to apply what they have just learned.
"a major step towards describing the learning principles which should guide effective counsellor education...supplies a multitude of tested ideas for the translation of educational principles into practice."
“I can attest as a doctoral student whose class used Dr. Eriksen and Dr. McAuliffe's book this summer for my own course on Pedagogy... IT IS FANTASTIC! Not only has it significantly impacted the way in which we, as a class, view the content of education but the process as well. Kudos to Drs. Eriksen and McAuliffe for such great work!”
"The best book ever written on counselor education pedagogy: McAuliffe & Erikson, Handbook of Counselor Preparation.There is a chapter on teaching counseling theories, but the whole book is outstanding. I now view my career as a counselor educator in terms of before and after having read/taught the Handbook of Counselor Preparation: Constructivist, Developmental, and Experiential Approaches."
This is a GREAT text that really does an amazing job preparing CEs for their role in higher education.
One of the best texts I seen for counselor preparation. I will be recommending this book to doctoral students and adjuncts as an excellent resource in preparation for teaching new courses.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1 - Constructing Counselor Education
Chapter 7 - Constructing the Counseling Skills Course