6. Counseling Psychology

  1. Paul R. Martin4,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD5,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)6,
  4. Michael Kyrios7,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier8 and
  6. José M. Prieto9
  1. Frederick T. L. Leong PhD1,
  2. Mark L. Savickas2 and
  3. Mark M. Leach PhD3

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch6

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Leong, F. T. L., Savickas, M. L. and Leach, M. M. (2011) Counseling Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 5

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 6

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 7

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 8

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 9

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Michigan State University, USA

  2. 2

    Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, USA

  3. 3

    Louisville, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • counseling psychology;
  • “mental health movement” - development of specialty of counseling psychology in United States;
  • psychometric contribution, one of counseling psychology's major contributions - if not the major contribution, to psychology as a discipline;
  • Gelso and Fretz (2001), influx of counseling psychologists - into VA system, a key training ground for counseling psychology as an emerging specialty;
  • counseling psychology, wide array of assessment - intervention strategies, to help individuals, families, groups, and organizations with educational and adjustment concerns;
  • multiculturalism, a value of counseling psychology - emerging over the past few decades;
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide study - Wright, Borrill, Teers, and Cassidy (2006), article in Counselling Psychology Quarterly, about prison officers examining mental health consequences after an individual committed suicide while in custody;
  • Asian Journal of Counselling, special issue on school counseling in multiple countries - including Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong, influence of government agency policies on school counseling in Japan.;
  • vocational research - origin of counseling psychology, stemming from vocational deveopment, and trend, continuing till today;
  • supporting internationalization of counseling psychology - in developing countries and industrial states, counseling psychologists, on vocational guidance and career development concerns


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • History

  • Defining the Field

  • Roles

  • Trends and Key Developments

  • Challenges

  • Future Developments

  • References