A blueprint for doing clinical work in field experience, Field Experience: Transitioning from Student to Professional aids students in developing their professional identity on their journey toward becoming a counselor. Authors Naijian Zhang and Richard D. Parsons help students integrate the knowledge they learn across the curriculum by presenting a roadmap of how to start, navigate, and finish a practicum or internship. Throughout the book, coverage of CACREP standards, case illustrations, exercises, and real-life examples create an accessible overview of the entire transitioning process. Field Experience is part of the SAGE Counseling and Professional Identity Series, which targets specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs).
About the Author
Naijian Zhang, Ph D, is a tenured full professor in the Department of Counselor Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zhang has over 20 years’ experience of teaching in counseling, higher education/student affairs, and language programs at college and university and was also a university administrator in student affairs for four years. He has authored, coauthored, and edited over 30 articles, book chapters, and books. His most recent books include Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice in 2014, Becoming a Skilled Counselor in 2013 (both with SAGE), and Rentz’s Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education and Psychology in 2009. Dr. Zhang is also the co-editor of the book series Counseling and Professional Identity which consists of almost 30 counseling books. He is a recipient of the Travel Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Outstanding Research Award and Outstanding Service Award from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). In addition, Dr. Zhang has practiced over 15 years and is currently a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania. He frequently gives presentations and conducts counseling training workshops internationally.
Richard D. Parsons, Ph D, is a full professor in the Department of Counselor Education, at West Chester University. He has over 37 years of university teaching in counselor preparation programs. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pennsylvania Counselor of Year award, and has authored or co-authored over 80 professional articles, book chapters, and books. His most recent books include Counseling Theory: Guiding Reflective Practice in 2014, Becoming a Skilled Counselor in 2013 (both with SAGE), and a series of four training texts for school counselors grouped under the title, Transforming Theory into Practice (Corwin Press). Additional recent works include Fundamentals of the Helping Process (Waveland Press), Counseling Strategies That Work!: Evidence-Based for School Counselors (Allyn & Bacon), and Counseling Strategies and Intervention Techniques (Allyn & Bacon). His current project finds him editing a 35-book series for SAGE Publications, 11 of which cover the common core competencies for counselor preparation as outlined by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Programs (CACREP), with the remaining books targeting specialty areas.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Field Experience as Formative to Professional Identity Field Experience: A Unique Learning Experience Field Work: Fostering an Emerging Professional Identity Nurturing Your Professional Identity PostscriptChapter 2: Matching Self to Site It Starts With Self-Appraisal Assessing Field Placement Options Matching Self to Site: Targeting Professional DevelopmentChapter 3: From the Ideal to the Real Knowing the Ideal The Real Is Often Less Than Ideal Even Interns Can Effect Change and Define RolesChapter 4: The Ethics of Practice: More Than Knowing, Being The Need and Value of Professional Ethics The What: In Principle From the Ideal to the RealChapter 5: Reflecting on Practice Reflecting on Practice: Case Conceptualization Reflecting in Practice: Guiding Moment-to-Moment Decisions Reflective Practice: Supporting Efficacy and Accountability Reflection: For Professional DevelopmentChapter 6: Growing Through Supervision Counseling Supervision Expectations of Counseling Supervision Issues and Dilemmas in SupervisionChapter 7: Multicultural Counseling in Practice Multiculturalism in Counseling Multicultural Counseling Competence Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence Multicultural Counseling Competence and Professional IdentityChapter 8: Crisis Prevention and Intervention: Suicide and Homicide The Nature of Crisis and Crisis Intervention Suicide When Harm Is Other Directed Site Policy on Crisis ProceduresChapter 9: Reducing Risk The Risk of Physical Harm Reducing Legal Risks PostscriptChapter 10: Documentation and Record Keeping Purpose of Documentation and Record Keeping Ethical and Legal Ramifications The “What” of Case Documentation The “How,” or Format, of Case Documentation Concluding ThoughtsChapter 11: Termination and Closure Terminating the Counseling Relationship Challenges to Effective and Ethical Termination Steps Toward Effective and Ethical Termination Terminating Other Relationships at InternshipChapter 12: Self-Care and Self-ProtectionNecessary for All Counselors Counseling: Challenging the Well-Being of the Counselor Burnout Compassion FatigueChapter 13: Transition from Practice to Career Connection Between Internship and Career Preparation for Employment Placement Resources Advanced Education PostscriptChapter 14: Transitions: Self as Counselor Identity Responding to the Calling With Pride