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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(2), 137–138. Reviews the book, Counseling: Theory, Research, and Practice by John J. Pietrofesa, Alan Hoffman, Howard H. Splete, and Diana V. Pinto (1978). The authors discuss initiating the counseling interview, establishing structure, considerations in responding to the client, providing information, and developing counseling programs. Part 4 covers research, issues, and trends in counseling. The book is overly restrictive in its adherence to the Rogerian and neo-Rogerian points of view. A basic theme repeated throughout the book is that counseling techniques are secondary to the personality characteristics of the helper. The book begins with a general definition of counseling and an unsophisticated treatment of the relationship between counseling and psychotherapy that concludes with the assertion that the two are largely synonymous. The focus on one limited aspect of the diverse field of counseling to the exclusion of the others; the emphasis on the all-encompassing importance of the counseling relationship; the complete omission of career counseling; the superficial coverage of research; and the failure to deal meaningfully with testing and diagnosis are the deficits of this book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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