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Counselor updates textbook on adults in transition

by Jeanne Baron

Nov. 9, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Mary L. Anderson.
KALAMAZOO--Dr. Mary L. Anderson, an assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University, is the co-author of a fourth edition of the textbook, "Counseling Adults in Transition," the only textbook explicitly designed to address counseling with adults who are coping with individual, relationship and work transitions.

The new edition was released in August by Springer Publishing and is co-written with Dr. Jane Goodman, professor emerita of counseling at Oakland University, and Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg, professor emerita of counseling and personnel services at the University of Maryland, College Park.

"Counseling Adults in Transition" is based on Schlossberg's theory of transitions, a new process and content model that offers effective techniques for helping adults to understand and successfully navigate normal life changes.

The revised edition focuses on the nation's increasing racial and cultural diversity and addresses contemporary societal ills that exacerbate adult life transitions, such as a tumultuous economy and increased unemployment, bankruptcies and foreclosures.

It also expands its consideration of spiritual and social justice issues and provides a more integrated and holistic approach to adult transitional counseling.

A licensed professional counselor, Anderson joined the WMU faculty in 2008. She coordinates the University's school counseling program. She is active in professional organizations, both at the state and national levels. She has served in leadership positions, including co-president of the Michigan Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.