Days in the Lives of Counselors

Robert L. Dingman & John D. Weaver

ISBN: 0-205-35192-1
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Copyright: 2003
Format: Paperback; 256 pp
Published: 10/07/2002         

Instructor Supplements
Online Instructor's Manual
by Robert L. Dingman, John D. Weaver
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Days in the Lives of Counselors (second edition published in 2009)
Robert L. Dingman and John D. Weaver

ISBN: 8189617796

IA Books
Year Of Publication: 2009

This book is for counselors, or would-be counselors, who wonder what is out there in the job market for persons with a graduate degree in counseling.  Whether you are just starting your course work in counseling, or beginning your career just after completing your degree, or working in a counseling position and considering a change of setting, this book will help you to explore and consider the many options that are available to you.

Thirty-three counselors have written the stories of their unique and rewarding counseling positions.  Many did not set out to enter counseling careers and share how they eventually entered the field.  Each offers descriptions of his or her typical activities, including the challenges, the paperwork, the meetings, the successes, and even the frustrations.  Most also share their hints on surviving the stresses that are inherent in their work.

In 1996, I answered an advertisement that ran in a National Association of Social Workers newsletter calling for authors to submit chapters for Days in the Lives of Social Workers, an edited book that was being developed by Linda Grobman.  Her vision was to gather the first-person stories of many different social workers, doing the kinds of things they typically would do in their everyday practices.  Once completed, the book would offer undergraduate and graduate social work students a glimpse inside the hearts and minds of many real-life people who pursued careers in social work and who now spent their days helping others.

While serving as an ARC DMH volunteer, I wrote a chapter describing my experiences as I helped out at the recovery site following the crash of a large passenger airliner in the Everglades, near Miami.  I submitted the chapter via e-mail and it became part of the Grobman book.  The book became an immediate success as an inexpensive, extremely interesting, and easily readable textbook.  I later learned, firsthand, how well received that book had become, when I began to use it as a text for an undergraduate social work seminar class I teach as one of my current work assignments, moonlighting at a local college.  Knowing a good concept when I saw it, I talked Bob Dingman, a friend and fellow ARC DMH volunteer from the counseling profession, into working with me a similar book for counselors and this is it.