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Niles Co-Edits Book on Professional Counseling

News release about the release of the book Developing Your Identity as a Professional Counselor, co-edited by Spencer Niles

niles_sml.jpgby Joe Savrock (March 2010)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A newly released book co-authored by Spencer G. Niles, Penn State professor of counselor education, provides a comprehensive introduction to the counseling profession. Niles worked with Sylvia Nassar-McMillan of North Carolina State University to co-edit Developing Your Identity as a Professional Counselor: Standards, Settings, and Specialties (Brooks/Cole, 2010).

“This book highlights the tradition of the counseling profession and the influence of professional counselors,” said Niles, head of the Department of Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Services (CECPR) in the College of Education.

The book’s chapters were written by expert practitioners and educators from across the counseling profession. The 17 chapters guide students through the historical backdrop, contemporary professional standards, and diverse practice settings.

Three other CECPR faculty members—JoLynn Carney, James Herbert, and Brandon Hunt—are among the authors of the book’s chapters.

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 said. “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.”