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The purpose of this volume is to answer those questions about life stages most important to counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. The author first identifies key decision that are typically made in the process of counselling, with the focus particularly on major types of problems that bring clients to counselling. Then, for each decision he determines which kinds of age-related information could enhance the counselling process. As a result, life-span concepts and facts are linked directly to the daily concerns of counsellors. The first part introduces key concepts and reviews common approaches to counselling. Each chapter in the second part opens with a description of characteristics common to people and to their social setting at different stages of life which are important to counselling decisions, and illustrates their application to counselling problems often met within those stages. Finally, the closing part identifies ways counsellors can locate life-span information useful in counselling and types of information not yet available.
R. Murray Thomas (Ph.D., Stanford University) is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where for three decades he taught educational psychology and directed the program in international education. He began his 50-year career in education as a high school teacher at Kamehameha Schools and Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, then continued at the college level at San Francisco State University, the State University of New York (Brockport), and Pajajaran University in Indonesia before moving to Santa Barbara. His professional publications exceed 340, including 46 books for which he served as author, coauthor, or editor.