James Madison University

Publications

Social Class and the Helping Professions: A Clinician’s Guide to Navigating the Landscape of Class in America


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Debbie C. Sturm and Donna Gibson (Editors)

Designed as a first course for graduate students on a community counseling track, this text provides a practical introduction to the field and covers all the core competencies required by CACREP. Students learn about the challenges a counselor may face--including ethical dilemmas and the struggle to meet an increasing demand for mental health services for a diverse population--through personal accounts, structured activities, and practical hints from experienced counselors.

Becoming a Community Counselor: Personal and Professional Explorations


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Renee Staton, A. Jerry Benson , Michele Kielty Briggs, Eric Cowan, Lennis G. Echterling, William F. Evans, J. Edson McKee, Jack Presbury, Anne L. Stewart

Designed as a first course for graduate students on a community counseling track, this text provides a practical introduction to the field and covers all the core competencies required by CACREP. Students learn about the challenges a counselor may face--including ethical dilemmas and the struggle to meet an increasing demand for mental health services for a diverse population--through personal accounts, structured activities, and practical hints from experienced counselors.

Crisis Intervention: Promoting Resilience and Resolution in Troubled Times


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Lennis G. Echterling, Jack Presbury, J. Edson McKee

“This text presents a compelling argument that victims of crisis and trauma can recover and grow into strong and healthy survivors.   The text’s emphasis on resilience is an important next step in the evolution of this helping technique.   Its detailed explanation of the techniques that utilize the strength of survivors is valuable for neophytes and experienced helpers alike.   The exercises and discussion questions presented move it from a theory based text into a valuable tool for skill development. This text is a very valuable addition to the literature on crisis intervention.”   Thomas W. Rueth, University of Dayton

Ideas and Tools for Brief Counseling


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Jack H. Presbury, Lennis G. Echterling, J. Edson McKee

This practical book is the first of its kind to fully integrate theory and technique of brief counseling while presenting the relationship as the key to any successful intervention. All chapters include ideas and tools for brief counseling and case studies that take the reader step-by-step through the techniques of the first session and beyond. It is written to engage readers and invite them to participate in both self-exploration and discovery. For anyone interested in the advantages of brief counseling.

Beyond Brief counseling: An Integrative Approach (2nd ed.)


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Presbury, J., Echterling, L. G., & McKee, J. E.

This practical book is the first of its kind to fully integrate theory and technique of brief counseling while presenting the relationship as the key to any successful intervention. All chapters include ideas and tools for brief counseling and case studies that take the reader step-by-step through the techniques of the first session and beyond. It is written to engage readers and invite them to participate in both self-exploration and discovery. For anyone interested in the advantages of brief counseling.

Thriving!


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Echterling, L. G., Cowan, W. E., Evans, W. F., Staton, A. R., McKee, J. E., Presbury, J., & Stewart, A.

This text for first-year graduate students in the helping professions offers guidance for the upcoming years of study. As a handbook or supplement, Thriving! enables students to excel in their personal and professional lives as they train for their careers. Throughout the text, students are provided with practical advice and the necessary tools for a rewarding and fulfilling educational experience.

Mechanizing Minds and Humanizing Machines: The Inevitable Android


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Presbury, J., Echterling, L. G., & McKee, J. E.

If researchers in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life, and Robotics have their way, the day is coming when androids will walk among us. They will be our doppelgangers—indistinguishable from humans. And the more scientists learn about getting machines to emulate human intelligence, the more we will learn about how we humans think, feel, and behave. Progress in Cognitive Science, has begun to stimulate moral and ethical concerns about how we will treat our machines when they eventually become humanoid.

We must ask at what point such androids will cross the threshold to personhood. Will they then remain our property, or must they own themselves? Will they be conscious? Will it be moral—or murder—to turn them off? Will they have an experience of themselves and of their android condition? Will an android someday say, “I think, therefore I am” and mean it? These, and other questions have brought formerly ignored areas of Philosophy and Psychology back into the realm of science. Epistemology, ethics, the problem of other minds, and the mind-body problem, all formerly considered to be beyond the purview of Psychology, are now becoming central to the study of Cognitive Science.

Ariadne’s Thread: Case Studies in the Therapeutic Relationship


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Eric W. Cowan

This casebook provides a personal account of the struggles a counselor encounters in everyday clinical practice. Each of the eight studies--thoughtfully detailed by Dr. Cowan from his own experience--illuminates the therapist/client relationship. Follow-up discussions tie each case and the therapist's technique to counseling theory and practice. A final conclusion links all cases and the related discourse together.

Other Publications


Electronic Publications:

  • Gladding, S. T. & Briggs, M. K. (2009). Spirituality in Counseling. Counseling Training DVD published by Allen Ivey Productions.

Book Chapters (Recent Sample):

  • Staton, A. R., Cobb, H. C., & Studyvant, K. (in press). Zai: A Hmong adolescent creates his own way.  In J. Daley & C. LeCroy(Eds.), Case Studies in Child and Adolescent Treatment. Belmont, CA: Brooks Cole.
  • Staton, A. R., Evans. W. E., & Lucey, C. F. (2012). Understanding Social Class in the U.S. In Sturm, D.C., & Gibson, D.M.  (Eds.). Social class and the helping professions: A clinician's guide to navigating the landscape of class in America. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Johnson, K. F. & Ford, D. (2013). Fundamental Christian Americans as culturally different clients. In L. H. Cousins & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of human services and diversity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Sturm, D. & Hill, C. (2014). Play therapy and children who are experiencing homelessness. In Stewart, A. & Crenshaw, D. (Eds.) Guildford Handbook of Play Therapy.
  • Sturm, D. (2014). Biography of Jean Baker Miller. In Neukrug, E. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy (Sage Publishers).
  • Sturm, D., & Metz, A. (2013). Toward an Ecological Self Amid an Empathy Epidemic: Higher Education, Psychology, and Mindful Connection with Nature. In Eppert, C., Lin, J., Oxford, R., & Brantmeier, E. (2013) Re-envisioning higher education: Embodied paths to wisdom and peace building.
  • Stewart, A. L., Echterling, L. G., & Mochi, C. (in press). Post-disaster play-based intervention. In D. Crenshaw & A. Stewart (Eds.) Play therapy: A comprehensive guide to theory and practice. New York, NY: Guilford.
  • Echterling, L. G., Field, T. A., & Stewart, A. L. (in press). Evolution of PTSD diagnosis in the DSM. In H. Wallach, A. Rizzo, & M. Safir (Eds.) Future directions in PTSD: Diagnosis, prevention, treatment. New York, NY: Springer. Echterling, L. G., & Stewart, A. L. (in press). Resiliency in early childhood. In T. Gullotta, & M. Bloom (Eds.)

Articles (Recent Sample):

  • Sturm, D., Sawin, E., & Metz, A. (2014). Understanding the decision-making process of gay and lesbian couples on becoming parents: A helping professionals guide. Journal of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. (ACA 2014 VISTAS On-line peer reviewed journal).
  • Field, T., Sturm, D., & Staton, A. (Fall 2013). Counseling Non-Western families through the immigration process to Western countries. The Virginia Counselors Journal.
  • Loveless, D. J., Sturm, D. C., Guo, C., Tanaka, K., Zha, S., & Berkeley, E. V. (2013). Cross-disciplinary collaboration to engage diverse researchers. The Journal of Faculty Development.
  • Echterling, L. G., & Stewart, A. (in press). Pathways to resilience: Promoting peer support, leadership, and posttraumatic growth among landmine survivors in the Middle East.  Journal of Counseling and Development.
  • Dupre, M., Echterling, L. G., Meixner, C., Anderson, R., & Kielty, M. (2014).  Supervision experiences of professional counselors providing crisis counseling.  Counselor Education and Supervision 53(2), 82-96. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6978.2014.00050.x
  • Presbury, J., Echterling, L. G., Field, T. A., & Cowen, E. (2013). The oft repeated question:  Can counseling be a science?  Virginia Counselors Journal, 33, 13-19.
  • Cowan, E., Presbury, J., & Echterling, L. G. (2013, February). The paradox of empathy: When empathy hurts.  Counseling Today, 56-61.
  • Hesselmeyer, R. & Cowan, E. (2012). Understanding bulimic dissociation to create new pathways for change. Counseling Today. Echterling, L. G., Presbury, J., & Cowan, E. (2012). Neuroscience, magic, and counseling.  Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 7, 330-342.  doi:10.1080/15401383.2012.739947