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4/9/2013

Kirschenbaum Publishes First Comprehensive Book for Implementing Values Clarification in Counseling

With a 47-year career in counseling and education, Howard Kirschenbaum, EdD, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, has a lot to share about values education.
 
To provide current and aspiring counselors, psychologists, and related helping professionals with insights about values clarification, an approach to counseling, teaching and values education, Kirschenbaum published a new book that aims to help others work with clients around values, goal setting, decision making, and action planning—an approach that, if used effectively, can help to enrich their practice.
 
Values Clarification in Counseling and Psychotherapy (Oxford University Press, March 2013) draws upon Kirschenbaum’s own professional experience and qualifications as one of the early developers of values clarification—a valuable counseling tool that helps clients determine their own priorities, set goals, make decisions, and take action to improve their lives. Throughout his career, Kirschenbaum has used values clarification with individuals and groups in a variety of settings, from working with students in classrooms and counseling young adults in detention facilities to assisting individuals on career choices and counseling couples.
 
While values clarification has been around for more than half a century, the popularity of this approach eventually faded. In his latest book, Kirschenbaum, who was one of the original authors who brought the values clarification movement into prominence in the 1970s, provides a fresh new look at values clarification and how it can be applied in the psychological helping professions.

According to Kirschenbaum, this is a long overdue book for counseling, psychology, and related helping professions. “For some counselors and therapists, it will be new—a new approach to working with clients, a new set of tools for enhancing their practice,” he said. “For most, I suspect, this book will seem new and familiar. Many readers may feel that they’ve been using values clarification instinctively and, through this book, will gain insights about using it more consistently and effectively.”
 
Through a collection of case studies and clinical examples, the book illustrates how counselors and psychotherapists from diverse fields can ask good clarifying questions, conduct clarifying interviews, and employ dozens of values clarification strategies with individuals, couples, families, and groups. The examples throughout the book are often grouped around more specific applications for marriage and family counseling, career counseling, substance abuse and recovery counseling, geriatric counseling, grief counseling, pastoral counseling, financial counseling, school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, counselor/clinical education and supervision, health counseling, and personal growth. 

 
Values Clarification has received praise from successful and established helping professionals and educators across the country. Sidney Simon, EdD, professor emeritus in psychological education at the University of Massachusetts, noted that the book is the culmination of a lifetime of brilliant teaching, profound counseling, and creative leadership that Kirschenbaum has brought to the profession.
 
“This book is a treasure trove of methods, tools, case studies, and theory, all with the most practical hands-on ways to use them,” said Simon. “It is filled with originality, creativity, and solid foundational thinking. What a gift for a young counselor or therapist, and just as valuable to established ones.”
 
Kirschenbaum has published more than 25 books on psychology, education and history, including Values Clarification: A Handbook of Practical Strategies for Teachers and Students, Readings in Values Clarification, and Advanced Value Clarification. He has given workshops and presentations on the values clarification approach to counseling, psychotherapy, and education around the world.

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, educational policy, counseling, human development, and health professions education. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its EdD programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform. 
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