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Health Counseling: A Microskills Approach for Counselors, Educators, and School Nurses, Second Edition

Author(s): Richard Blonna, EdD, CHES, William Paterson University
Janice Loschiavo, MA, RN
Dan Watter, EdD, Morris Psychological Group, PA
  • ISBN-13: 9780763781569
  • Paperback    328 pages      © 2011
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The ONLY health counseling textbook to use a single, theoretical framework to teach the subject

Health Counseling: A Microskills Approach for Counselors, Educators, and School Nurses, Second Edition
teaches non-professionally trained counselors the basic skills of counseling. It addresses primary prevention issues such as preventing unintended pregnancy, STDs, as well as secondary prevention issues like diabetes and asthma. A new chapter on legal and ethical issues covers setting limits with students, ethical practice boundaries, and how to make referrals.

Based on the Ivey’s MicroSkills Model, which breaks counseling into discrete skills that can be mastered and applied, it theorizes that to help people manage their health problems, counselors must help clients work through any emotional distress associated with them.

The Second Edition is divided into three parts:

    * Part 1 covers general health and counseling theory
    * Part 2 covers the Microskills in detail
    * Part 3 demonstrates how to use the skills to counsel people with specific health problems

This reader-friendly text provides many opportunities for students to practice, review, and apply the information presented.

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Features & Benefits

  • The only health counseling textbook to use a single, theoretical framework
  • Healthy People 2020 Objectives link the content with the nation's leading health problems
  • Chapters on Legal and Ethical Issues and Disabilities Counseling are new to this edition 
  • Counseling Hints present quick tips for achieving optimal use of the micro skills with clients.
  • Diverse Perspectives - boxes that present diverse client (age, gender, race/ethnicity etc.)  perspectives on important the health issues covered in the chapters
  • Case studies put a face on the health problem being discussed. This allows students to see how the health problem is manifested in real people, not just a theoretical description of it in the text
  • Figures, and photos provide clear examples of the material being discussed in the text
  • Student Study Questions enable students to review key concepts presented in the text and to reinforce learning outcomes
  • Chapter Summaries present a broad overview of the chapter and connect the material to the text as a whole

Applicable Courses

  • Public/Community Health Departments: Health Counseling, Health Behavior courses
  • Nursing Departments: School Health Nursing, Clinical Skills, Patient Education, Enhancing Adherence/Compliance courses
  • Counseling Departments: Health Counseling, MicroSkills Counseling, Introduction to Counseling courses
Part I  The Theoretical Basis of Health Counseling
  Chapter  Chapter 1  Introduction to Health Counseling
  Chapter  Chapter 2  The Theoretical Basis of Health Counseling
  Chapter  Chapter 3  Legal and Ethical Issues
Part II  The Microskills Model
  Chapter  Chapter 4  Introductory and Attending Skills
  Chapter  Chapter 5  Observational and Responding Skills
  Chapter  Chapter 6  Influencing Skills
Part III  Application to Specific Health Problems: Focus on Primary Prevention
  Chapter  Chapter 7  STD Prevention Counseling
  Chapter  Chapter 8  Fertility Control Counseling
Part IV  Application to Specific Health Problems: Focus on Secondary Prevention
  Chapter  Chapter 9  Asthma Counseling
  Chapter  Chapter 10  Hypertension Counseling
Part V  Application to Specific Health Problems: Focus on Tertiary Prevention
  Chapter  Chapter 11  Disabilities Counseling

Richard Blonna, EdD, CHES-William Paterson University

Richard Blonna EdD CHES has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from William Paterson (1973), a Master's Degree from Seton Hall University in Education (1976; specialization in Counseling) and an Ed.D from Temple University in Health Education (1986; specialization in Health Counseling). Dr Blonna is a full professor in the Department of Community Health at William Paterson University in Wayne NJ. He has been teaching health counseling, stress management, human sexuality and epidemiology at William Paterson University since 1986

Dr. Blonna worked for 15 years for the New Jersey State Department of Health. While employed by the NJSDH, Dr. Blonna worked in the Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Program, AIDS Program, and Family Planning Programs as a field worker, supervisor, councelor, health educator, and health education consultant. In addition to Health Counseling; A MicroSkills Approach Dr. Blonna has written four other textbooks; Coping With Stress in a Changing World, Healthy Sexuality, and Readings and WebLinks in Human Sexuality.

Janice Loschiavo, MA, RN

Dan Watter, EdD-Morris Psychological Group, PA

Dr. Watter earned his doctorate from New York University and completed post-doctoral training at the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York City. He is licensed as both a psychologist and a marriage counselor. In addition to his private practice, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, a Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health at UMDNJ-NJ Medical School, and an adjunct Professor of Psychology at both Seton Hall and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities. He is also a member of the medical staff at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey. A former consulting editor for the JOURNAL OF SEX EDUCATION AND THERAPY, and the author of several professional articles, Dr. Watter is board certified in both sex therapy and behavioral medicine. He is a member of several professional organizations including The American Psychological Association; The New Jersey Psychological Association; The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; The Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy; The Society for Sex Therapy and Research; The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers; The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health; The North American Society of Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology; and the Morris County Psychological Association.

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