Niles and Colleagues Produce Two New Books on Professional Counseling
by Joe Savrock (April 2010)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – “Professional counselors are often modest about the impact they have had upon the lives of the people whom they serve,” says Spencer Niles, professor and head of Penn State’s Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services (CECPR). “They are supporting people in settings that span all stages of life span development.”
Niles has worked to produce two new books aimed at preparing counselors, counseling psychologists, counselor educators, and human service professionals to practice in various societal settings.
Niles, along with Sylvia Nassar-McMillan of North Carolina State University, co-edited Developing Your Identity as a Professional Counselor: Standards, Settings, and Specialties. “This book highlights the tradition of the counseling profession and the influence of professional counselors,” he says.
Niles hopes the book will inspire readers to develop their specialty in the field. “Students in counseling and counseling-related fields will benefit by reading about the important trends, practices in counseling-based settings, and professional issues confronting the profession,” he says. “We want new professionals to be aware of the rich history of the counseling profession and to inspire new counselors as they embark upon their counseling careers.”
Niles also is co-author of Career Flow: A Hope-Centered Approach to Career Development, due to be released this summer. Co-authors are Norman E. Amundson, professor in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, and Roberta A. Neault, a highly recognized consultant.
“We wrote this book for the benefit of students who are enrolled in postsecondary education and adults who seek more effective ways to engage in career planning and decision making,” says Niles.
Career Flow draws upon research in the areas of positive psychology and social learning theory and presents an innovative perspective for conceptualizing the challenges that people experience in their career development. It also addresses the importance of identifying hope-centered strategies for effective career self-management.