Book Review — Counseling Psychology (3rd Ed.) by Charles J. Gelso, Elizabeth Nutt Williams, and Bruce R. Fretz.
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Citation of Original PublicationGasser, C.E. (2015). Book Review — Counseling Psychology (3rd Ed.) by Charles J. Gelso, Elizabeth Nutt Williams, and Bruce R. Fretz. Invited book review. The Professional Counselor, retrieved from: http://tpcjournal.nbcc.org/book-reviewcounselingpsychology3rd-edition/.
Counseling Psychology is a third-edition textbook by Charles J. Gelso, Elizabeth Nutt Williams and Bruce R. Fretz that surveys the field of counseling psychology, emphasizing the blending of the rich traditions of research, clinical practice and theory for which the field is known. As the authors note in their preface, some have “confused counseling, the activity, with counseling psychology, the profession” (Gelso, Nutt Williams, & Fretz, 2014, p. xiii), essentially overlooking counseling psychology’s emphasis on an empirical psychology scientist–practitioner base, a broad range of activities, and unique training and career paths. The authors are prominent counseling psychologists themselves, and continue to elucidate how counseling is related to and part of the many professional activities present in the field of counseling psychology.