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An Advanced Lifespan Odyssey for Counseling Professionals, 1st Edition

  • Bradley T. Erford
  • Irvin B. Tucker
  • ISBN-10: 128508358X
  • ISBN-13: 9781285083582
  • 576 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

AN ADVANCED LIFESPAN ODYSSEY FOR COUNSELING PROFESSIONALS, 1st Edition, aligns precisely with CACREP standards for counselor training programs at the Master’s level. Rigorous yet accessible to students with a variety of educational backgrounds, this practical new text provides comprehensive descriptions of more than 30 major developmental theories and perspectives -- with a focus on developmental issues encountered by counseling professionals and the strategies and techniques to deal with them. Cross-cultural variations and implications are discussed throughout the book, and each chapter presents case studies and current issues that further anchor the material in the real world. Reflections from parents and current practitioners enhance the emphasis on application, giving students ideas for how to integrate theories and other information into real-life practice. A comprehensive set of instructor and student supplements including instructor's manual, test bank, PowerPoints and MindTap accompany this text.


  • Aligned with CACREP Standards: The text reflects the trend toward empirically supported practice, which has changed the application of lifespan theories. It aligns precisely with CACREP standards for counselor training programs, including required content in the lifespan domain and the increased focus on accountability.

  • Practical, Real-World Approach: Each chapter includes case studies and current issues (i.e., neuropsych advances, technology, emerging clinical issues) about which counselors-in-training need to be informed. Voices from the field vignettes give students the perspectives of current practitioners encountering real-life situations "in the trenches." Students also have opportunities to practice synthesizing and applying the theories and content to real life situations.

  • Accessible Writing Style: Content is comprehensive and rigorous, yet accessible to students from a variety of educational backgrounds, with numerous examples to make basic concepts concrete and understandable.

About the Author

Bradley T. Erford

Bradley T. Erford, Ph.D., is a professor in the school counseling program of the Educational Specialties Department at Loyola College in Maryland. He is a past president and fellow of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and a recipient of the ACA Research Award, ACA Extended Research Award, ACA Professional Development Award, and ACA Carl Perkins Government Relations Award. He has authored or edited more than 30 books. His research specialization lies primarily in the development and technical analysis of psychoeducational tests and has resulted in the publication of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and psychoeducational materials.

Irvin B. Tucker

Dr. Irvin B. Tucker spent more than 30 years of teaching introductory economics at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He earned his B.S. in economics at North Carolina State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of South Carolina. He was a long-time member of the National Council on Economic Education. Dr. Tucker served as executive director of the S.C. Council of Education and director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was recognized for his ability to relate basic principles to economic issues and public policy. His work has received national recognition with awards from the Meritorious Levy Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, the Federation of Independent Business Award for Postsecondary Educator of the Year in Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, and the Freedom Foundation's George Washington Medal for Excellence in Economic Education. In addition, Dr. Tucker's research has been published in numerous professional journal articles on a wide range of topics, including industrial organization, entrepreneurship, and economics of education. Dr. Tucker also authored other highly successful economics books, including ECONOMICS FOR TODAY and ECONOMICS AND FINANCE.

Table of Contents

1. Important Fundamental Principles in Lifespan Development.
2. Theories of Human Development: Psychosocial, Sociocultural, Multicultural, Biological, and Learning Theories.
3. Theories of Human Development: Cognitions, Morality and Faith, and the Human Experience.
4. Genetics, Heredity, and Prenatal Development.
5. Physical and Cognitive Development in the Infancy and Toddlerhood Years.
6. Emotional and Social Development in the Infancy and Toddlerhood Years.
7. The Preschool Years of Early Childhood Physical and Cognitive Development.
8. The Preschool Years: Early Childhood Emotional and Social Development.
9. Middle Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development.
10. The Elementary Years of Middle Childhood: Emotional and Social Development.
11. The Adolescent Years: Physical and Cognitive Development.
12. The Adolescent Years: Emotional, Identity, and Social Development.
13. Young Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development.
14. Young Adulthood: Social, Emotional, and Career Development.
15. Middle Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development.
16. Middle Adulthood: Social/Emotional, Family, Career, and Spiritual Development.
17. Later Adulthood and Old Age: Physical, Cognitive and Social Developmental Aspects of Aging.
18. Later Adulthood and Old Age: Psychosocial and Work/Retirement Development.

New to this edition

  • Written Specifically for Counselors-in-Training: This practical new text for counseling and human services programs features traditional lifespan content, but with a heavier emphasis on application than other texts typically used for the course. Students learn about such practical issues as the implications of substance abuse on development and the behavioral issues associated with trauma or environment. More important, they learn about interventions that have been shown to be effective when working with clients along the developmental spectrum.
  • Comprehensive Coverage of the Lifespan: The book presents comprehensive descriptions of more than 30 major developmental theories and perspectives. Each life stage chapter from infancy and toddlerhood to later adulthood is subdivided into sections covering all developmental areas: physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and social/career, as applicable. The author also integrates coverage of abnormal psychological development and mental and emotional disorders from infancy through later adulthood.
  • Multicultural Emphasis: Cross-cultural variations and implications are discussed throughout the book, both in the narrative and in boxed inserts.
  • Online Course Support: MindTap®, an online learning experience built on the book's content, is available with this text. MindTap guides students through the course by combining readings, multimedia, applied activities, and assessments into a singular Learning Path. Each chapter utilizes realistic videos to illustrate skills and concepts in action, followed by questions that ask students to evaluate and think critically about what they viewed. Instructors can personalize the Learning Path by rearranging and adding content, as well as manage grades and measure students' skills and outcomes with ease.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 130585893X | ISBN-13: 9781305858930)

Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text.

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305858921 | ISBN-13: 9781305858923)

This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305858948 | ISBN-13: 9781305858947)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation.

MindTap Counseling, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Erford's An Advanced Lifespan Odyssey for Counseling Professionals  (ISBN-10: 1305858964 | ISBN-13: 9781305858961)

MindTap Counseling for Erford's An Advanced Lifespan Odyssey for Counseling Professionals is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course—to provide engaging content, to challenge every individual, and to build their confidence. Empower students to accelerate their progress with MindTap. MindTap: Powered by You. MindTap gives you complete ownership of content. Help students become practitioners of their own learning as they master skills and build professional confidence. A scaffolded learning experience moves students from lower- to higher-order thinking skills by reinforcing concepts through demonstrated application. Realistic videos illustrate skills and concepts with questions that ask students to evaluate. Easily design your course to match your own objectives and preferred teaching methods.

Student Supplements

MindTap Counseling, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Erford's An Advanced Lifespan Odyssey for Counseling Professionals  (ISBN-10: 1305858964 | ISBN-13: 9781305858961)

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