SEHS professor earns award for humanistic counselling book
Oakland University professor James Hansen, Ph.D., recently earned recognition for the book he co-edited, “Humanistic Perspectives on Contemporary Counseling Issues.” The book received the 2012 Joe and Lucille Hollis Publications Award from the Association for Humanistic Counseling.
Established in 1985, the Hollis award is designed to recognize leadership and expertise in publishing that is focused on the humanistic philosophy in the field of counseling.
“I am humbled and honored to have received this award. It is a wonderful recognition and a validation of the importance of humanistic perspectives in the helping professions,” Dr. Hansen said.
Dr. Hansen, professor of education in the Department of Counseling, along with Mark Scholl, Ph.D. and Scott McGowan, Ph.D., jointly edited the book that is focused on re-establishing humanism as a vital treatment orientation in contemporary mental health culture.
“I think that the most important message in the book is that humanistic perspectives have broad applicability and can be used by counselors to help people with a wide variety of psychological and relational problems,” Dr. Hansen continued.
Published in August 2011, the book explores current counseling issues and is geared to offer practicable approaches for counselors and therapists to use in their practice.
The editors delve into issues such as couples counseling, multicultural counseling. Additionally included are applications in educational settings, such as how to address school violence, work with at-risk youth, and counsel in college and university settings.
Humanism has not been sufficiently credited for its tremendous influence on modern orientations to treatment, according to Dr. Hansen. This book is timely because it showcases the broad applicability of humanistic approaches and highlights the ways in which humanism has had a strong influence on contemporary approaches to counseling, he continued.
“I have received universally positive reactions about the book. Professors, practitioners, and students have told me that the book has helped them to apply humanistic principles to a wide range of problems that clients bring to counselors.”
“Humanistic Perspectives on Contemporary Counseling Issues” can be purchased through its publishing house, Routledge, or online at Amazon.com.
Oakland University professor James Hansen, Ph.D., recently earned recognition for his book, which received the 2012 Joe and Lucille Hollis Publications Award.
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