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A Manual for Students in the Helping Professions

Third Edition

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Counseling Training

March 2015 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written in a conversational and engaging style, this updated and expanded Third Edition of Thriving! helps future counselors and therapists to succeed in their training and professional development throughout their graduate careers. This informative and inspirational book includes an overview of the literature, personal accounts from students, practical tips/activities, and the latest coverage of such topics as advances in neuroscience research, crisis intervention, and more!
Chapter 1: The Thriving Principles
Use It—Don’t Lose It!


Chapter 2: Making Your Training Journey
Being a Novice

Being an Apprentice

An Emerging Professional

Chapter 3: Meeting Your Basic Needs
Your Personal Hierarchy of Needs

Basic Needs and Self-Actualization

Conducting a Needs Inventory

Crafting a Balanced Life

Chapter 4: Enhancing Your Academic Skills
Hearts and Minds

Developing Critical Reflection Skills

Learning by Heart

The Core Academic Skills

Chapter 5: Mindfully Managing Stress

Responding to Stress

Mindful Management of Stress

Beyond Stress

Thriving Under Stress

Stress and Character

Stress Into Strength

Chapter 6: Being With Others
What’s in Your Backpack?

The Counseling Qualities

Truth With a Capital T

Important People in Your Training

Chapter 7: Exploring Yourself
Make Personal Growth Your Goal

The Need for Personal Growth

Hold to Your Center


Getting Clear

Chapter 8: Becoming Neuro-Minded
Neuroscience of Magic and Counseling

The Material Brain

The Brain and Emotions

Promoting Neuroplasticity

Chapter 9: Intervening in Crises, Traumas, and Disasters
Fundamental Concepts

Intervention Principles

Crisis Intervention Techniques

Preventing Suicide

Disaster Intervention

Mindfully Caring for Yourself

Chapter 10: Thriving in Your Practicum and Internship
You Are Ready, Although You May Have Doubts

Preparing for Practicum: Who Are You?

Your Practicum


A Final Wish

Chapter 11: Launching Your Career
From Student to Professional

Using Your Resources

Planning Your Career

Career Possibilities by Degree

Conducting Your Search

Your Career and Your Life


Lennis G. Echterling

Lennis G. Echterling, an award-winning counselor educator, is a professor at James Madison University. Since earning his PhD at Purdue University, he has taught graduate students, provided counseling and therapy, and authored numerous books, chapters, and articles with colleagues. He has provided outreach disaster intervention services throughout the United States and around the world. More About Author

John H. Presbury

Jack Presbury is an emeritus professor of counseling who has taught for 34 years at James Madison University. He earned his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh and is a licensed professional counselor. Presbury has been awarded national and university honors for his extensive scholarship and inspiring teaching throughout his academic career.  More About Author

Eric William Cowan

Eric Cowan, who earned his doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology, is a professor of counselor education at James Madison University. He is also the author of Ariadne’s Thread: Case Studies in the Therapeutic Relationship, along with numerous articles on counseling and therapy.  More About Author

Angela Renee Staton

A. Renee Staton, who earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia, is professor of counselor education and co-coordinator of school counseling at James Madison University. She is a licensed professional counselor and approved clinical supervisor. Staton has published books, chapters, and articles on counseling, multiculturalism, social justice, and women’s concerns.  More About Author

Deborah C. Sturm

Debbie C. Sturm is an assistant professor of counseling at James Madison University. She earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a licensed professional counselor. Her clinical work has focused on victims of crime and survivors of trauma. Sturm’s research interests include connection to the natural world, sustainability and mental health, campus sexual assault, and social class.  More About Author

Michele L. Kielty

Michele Kielty is professor of counselor education and co-coordinator of school counseling at James Madison University. She earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is both a licensed professional counselor and licensed school counselor. Her publications include articles and book chapters on counseling, mindfulness, and diverse expressions of spirituality.  More About Author

John Edson McKee

J. Edson McKee is a licensed professional counselor who earned his doctorate at Indiana University and is professor emeritus of counselor education at James Madison University. The recipient of national, state, and university awards, he has written books on counseling, brief therapy, and crisis intervention.  More About Author

Anne L. Stewart

Anne L. Stewart is a professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University and has a private practice working with children, adults, and families. She earned her PhD at the University of Virginia and has served as a consultant and service provider responding to catastrophic events around the world. A recipient of many awards, Stewart is the co-editor of the recently published Play Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide to Theory and Practice.  More About Author

William Franklin Evans

William F. Evans earned his doctorate from the University of South Carolina and is a professor at James Madison University. Over the years, he has served as a parish pastor, hospital chaplain, and Air National Guard chaplain who retired as a brigadier general. Evans is a coauthor of several books and a board member of the Viktor Frankl Institute. His scholarly interests include life meaning, holistic health, leadership, and spirituality. More About Author

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