..I just had fun taking a final exam. Yep, you heard me right. Well, when you have a question like this, how could you not enjoy it?
“Write the first paragraph for a book titled COUNSELING IN A CHANGING WORLD. Make sure your paragraph stimulates excitement and interest in the rest of the book. Then, list 5 chapters or topics you would include in the book. For example, topics the reader would find in the “Table of Contents” page of the book.”
Since I just took an exam as a student, I get to play teacher now. Here’s a question for you: Why did I enjoy it so much? Choose wisely, my friends. The answer is a difficult one.
a) I find the field of counseling absolutely fascinating, and so applicable to nearly every aspect of life.
b) I love connecting the dots. A question like, “What are the central differences between Adlerian therapy and CBT?” is boring. Anyone can answer that, and all (correct) answers will be the same. I can guarantee you that even if the entire country responded to the prompt above, no two responses would be the same.
c) I love to be creative. I forget that sometimes. I tend to think of creativity as being connected to painting, to music, to the visual arts, and I forget that words, while used for utilitarian purposes every day, have the power to form worlds, forge relationships, construct people, and create love. And even when I do remember that, sometimes I doubt my ability to wield that power.
d) A and C, but not B. (Didn’t you hate when teachers made choices like this? Yeah, me too. Deal with it.)
e) A, B, and C.
I’ll let you agonize over the answer. And as you do that, in case you’re wondering what I’m going to do with my time now that I’ve finished this class, the answer is simple. I’m going to finish the book that I started tonight.
Counseling in a Changing World
The year is 1903. The first two-way overseas wireless communication has just been successfully transmitted. Only the year before, the first movie theater in the world had opened in Los Angeles, bringing action, adventure, and romance to the big screen. The American League had only recently finished its first year of competition, bringing teams like the White Sox and the Orioles to national headlines.
Fast forward a mere 112 years. Nearly a billion television sets are in homes across the globe. Over six billion cell phones are currently active in the world. In industrialized nations, paper currency has nearly become a thing of the past, replaced by plastic cards and electronic bitcoin.
It would be impossible to document every single change that has happened over the last century. One of the easier changes to identify, however, comes from a field that barely existed at the turn of the twentieth century and has since grown dramatically: counseling. What began as a small movement meant to provide moral instruction and career guidance has since proliferated into a vibrant field, full of exciting theories, rich research, and stunning implications. While the history of counseling is fascinating, it is the way in which counseling must adapt to the ever changing world today that provides opportunities for constant growth and change for those in the field. For those who are ready to accept the challenge of navigating these tumultuous waters, this book is meant to serve as a resource. To quote an illustrious television character, “Come on, ¡vámonos!”
Partial table of contents (subtitles of chapters in parentheses):
- Why bother? (Why counseling is still needed in the world today)
- You go to counseling? Oh. (How preconceptions of counseling have evolved throughout the years and misconceptions that affect the field today)
- More than just a tissue and a listening ear (Common counseling theories)
- Is counseling tech savvy? (The interplay between counseling and technology over the years)
- Where do we go from here? (Implications of current research on future counseling trends and where the field may go)