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McNamara, MBA, PhD
Learn More in the Library’s Blogs Related to Counseling
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that have posts related to Counseling. Scan down the blog’s page to see various
posts. Also, see the section “Recent Blog Posts” in the sidebar of the blog or
click on “Next” near the bottom of a post in the blog. The blog also links to
numerous free related resources.
Similar to mentoring, there are many perspectives on the definition of counseling,
especially since the relatively recent popularity of personal and professional
Traditionally, counseling might have been described as the activities conducted
by a person (the counselor) for another person (the client, friend, etc.) in
order to help that other person to solve a problem in regard to themselves,
someone else, or some other situation. An untrained counselor might provide counseling
primarily by offering advice. A professional counselor might work with a variety
of other tools, eg, assessments, diagnosis, treatment plans, deep listening,
values clarification, direct advice, etc. The approaches and variety of tools
used by a professional counselor depend a great deal on their training and paradigms
(overall views) of the counselor, eg, psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic,
Today, there seems to be much ongoing discussion and debate
about the definitions and differences between coaching and mentoring,
and also counseling.
Various Perspectives on Counseling
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