A View Across the Life Span of Counseling Psychology

Elizabeth M. Altmaier and Saba Rasheed Ali

in The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342314
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

A View Across the Life Span of Counseling Psychology

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It has been said of psychology, as a discipline, that it has a long past and a short history. This contrast refers to the roots of psychology in philosophy, medicine, and education that date back over several hundred years—and in the case of philosophy and medicine, several thousand. Counseling psychology has deep roots, as well, although its technical birth was in 1952. At that time, the Division of Personnel and Guidance of the American Psychological Association renamed itself the Division of Counseling Psychology. In this chapter, we consider three domains in which our specialty has begun with deep “roots” and has “leafed” out into new ways of thinking about our work with clients and our broader roles in the communities in which we live. These three domains are a focus on building strengths; a holistic, or systems, perspective; and a collaborative, patient-centered model. We trace the development of these domains, noting where, in other parts of this volume, more complete discussion can be found, and we highlight their current explications.

Keywords: values; history; development

Article.  2940 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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