Counseling for Wellness: Theory, Research, and Practice. Response to Charyton

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Jane E. Myers, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Comments on Christine Charyton's review (see record 2006-04625-001) of the edited book by Jane E. Myers and Thomas John Sweeney, Counseling for Wellness: Theory, Research, and Practice (see record 2006-01762-000) which, the authors feel, does not properly address the intent of the book being reviewed. The current authors state that the book is presented in four parts. The first part addresses wellness theory and measurement, including the history of wellness theory, the theoretical Wheel of Wellness model, the evidence-based indivisible Self Wellness model, and methods for wellness assessment. The book's second part addresses wellness research, specifically using the counseling-based wellness models introduced in Part 1. The third major section of the book explores wellness applications in counseling professional practice, including strategies for wellness and habit change and integrating concepts of spirituality and stress management into practice. In the final part of the book, wellness applications in counseling settings and counselor education are addressed. The reviewer's first critique of the book questioned the relevance of Adlerian theory to the original theoretical Wheel model. The chapter on this model reveals the roots of wellness theory in Adler's writings. In addition, there were content errors in the minor part of the review that actually related directly to the contents of the book. The reviewer confused the theoretical Wheel model and its measurement instrument, the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle Inventory (WEL), with an evidenced-based wellness model (the Indivisible Self; IS-Wel) and its associated measurement instrument, the 5F-Wel. Although most of the book focuses on the need for evidence-based wellness practice, which is the foundation of the IS-Wel model, the reviewer never mentions that model even once in her review. The authors welcome questions, suggestions, and dialogue from persons who share our interest in promoting wellness of all persons across the lifespan. In summary, they hope their response better informs interested readers.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
wellness counseling, Five Factor Wellness Inventory, spirituality, Adlerian perspective, positive psychology, wheel of wellness concept

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