ERIC Number: ED403528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Competencies for Gerontological Counseling.
Myers, Jane E.; Schwiebert, Valerie L.
Gerontological counseling as a counseling specialty spans only 20 years. This text incorporates into its framework the 16 Minimum Essential Competencies of gerontological counseling that have been developed over the past two decades. These competencies focus on the knowledge and skills required to be an effective counselor for older persons and their families. Each competency was developed with broad-based input from counselors, counselor educators, and personnel working directly with older persons. The book tries to provide a foundation of the knowledge and skills required in an accredited training program in gerontological counseling. Each chapter begins with a restatement of the specialty competency, followed by an overview of the chapter's contents. Important terms are defined, and the knowledge and skills required for a competent gerontological counselor are described. One or more case studies are provided, along with commentary, in which the knowledge and skills may be applied. Each chapter ends with a series of questions for consideration and discussion. Some of the competencies addressed include development and transition in later life, social and cultural foundations of aging, roles for counselors, and group work with older persons. Includes an index and a supplemental reading list. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Aging (Individuals), Competence, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Qualifications, Counselor Role, Ethics, Gerontology, Older Adults, Performance, Standards
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 ($27.95, order no. 72620).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.