In a manner that is both engaging and informative, this text provides the beginning counseling student with a comprehensive overview and discussion of the practical application of career counseling skills.Addresses perspectives from experts who are nationally or internationally recognized for their expertise, research, and publications related to career and life style planning through a contributed author format, allowing the readership a much more comprehensive view than can be obtained by reliance on a single writer. With the aid of numerous case studies and examples throughout the text,Career Counselingprovides up-to-date and state-of-the-art information to students. The text reflects the view that career counselors must be prepared in a holisitic manner, as career and life style planning with clients is inherently related to their search for identity and meaning in their lives.The content of this textbook is derived from the standards and competencies developed by professional associations and groups such as the National Career Development Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, and the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Reviews of the most current journal and textbook information on career and lifestyle planning have also been used in the process of identifying the content areas included throughout the book.Highlights of the Text: Contains a section on careercounseling with specific populationssuch as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients, visibly recognizable racial and ethnic minority groups, men, and women, allowing students to learn about the unique career counseling needs of a diverse clientele (Section IV). Contains a chapter oncounseling clients with addictive behaviors. Since substance disorders affect career counseling dramatically, this chapter helps students gain understanding about the nature of their impact and how to counsel clients with addictive behaviors (Ch. 17). Introduces the reader to contextualperspectives on career and lifestyle planning, stimulating them to think about the unique needs of clients in different settings (e.g., school, mental health and private practice, rehabilitation, and couples and family settings) (Chs. 10-13). Includes a chapter written to address thecareer and life style planning issues faced by counselorsand other members of the helping professions as they strive to increase their personal and professional effectiveness. Encourages introspection on the part of the prospective career counselor (Ch. 18).Mark D. Stauffer is the author of 'Career Counseling', published 2005 under ISBN 9780205431083 and ISBN 0205431089.