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Journeys to Professional Excellence

Journeys to Professional Excellence
Stories of Courage, Innovation, and Risk-Taking in the Lives of Noted Psychologists and Counselors

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September 2017 | 204 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Journeys to Professional Excellence: Stories of Courage, Innovation, and Risk-Taking in the Lives of Noted Psychologists and Counselors edited by Frederic P. Bemak and Robert K. Conyne explores the professional journeys of well-known psychologists and counselors, examining factors that contributed to their successes and struggles in the field. Powerful narratives cover the challenges and joys related to ethnic identity; moving from poverty; finding significance; dealing with immigrant status; exploring public policy; challenging the status quo; experiencing serendipity and exploring one’s way; moving into new professional roles; and taking risks. These stories will ignite passion in future psychologists and counselors by helping them reflect on the relationship between their own personal and professional identities.  

Robert K. Conyne and Frederic P. Bemak
1. Courage, Innovation, and Risk-Taking in Professional Journeys
Isaac Prilleltensky
2. The Road to Mattering: Challenging the Status Quo, Promoting Wellness and Fairness
Jean Maria Arrigo
3. Peace to Our Ghosts
Sharon L. Bowman
4. Taking the Scenic Route: A Professional Journey
Anthony J. Marsella
5. Travels With a Contrarian Person, Psychologist, Activist: Becoming “Radicalized” by Injustice, Violence, and Stasis
Jean Lau Chin
6. Journey to the West
Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy
7. Journey to Advance Equity: A Never-Ending Road
Arthur M. Horne
8. Prepared Serendipity Mixed With Naïve but Eager Curiosity
Y. Barry Chung
9. My Journey as a Chinese Immigrant Counseling Psychologist
Patrick H. DeLeon and Omni Cassidy
10. Public Policy’s Highly Personalized Nature
Edil Torres-Rivera
11. Buscando Mi Propio Camino: A Journey of Professional Identity and Honesty
Dorothy L. Espelage
12. A Journey From a Single-Wide Trailer to the White House
Melba J. T. Vasquez
13. My Professional Journey
Frederic P. Bemak and Robert K. Conyne
14. Common Themes of Courage, Innovation, and Risk-Taking
About the Editors
About the Contributors

Journeys to Professional Excellence is a wonderful collection of diverse narratives. Readers will find themselves drawn into these stories and will leave with a better understanding of what it means to be a practicing counselor.” 

Julie M. Koch and Douglas Knutson
Oklahoma State University

“As a newer counselor educator, I found knowledge, encouragement, inspiration, and a sense of professional kinship in these pages. This book is a great resource for beginning professionals.” 

Kerrie R. Fineran
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne

Journeys to Professional Excellence is an inspirational bricolage woven together by master artists, the editors. The bricoles provided by each author are bound to inspire, motivate, and encourage readers to reach for the stars in their professional endeavors, even in their personal lives.” 

Enobong J. Inyang
Texas A & M University – Texarkana

“Exceptional book!  Relevant to counselors’ global professional growth.” 

Mary Olufunmilayo Adekson

“This is exactly what counseling educators need to train up future professionals. Knowing information is one thing but learning and understanding how it works is another. Bemak and Conyne fill this gap by addressing the experience of a professional from an application perspective.” 

Felicia E. Ward
Texas A & M University Commerce

“Narratives have always been a significant means of communicating from one generation to the next.  This book is a wonderful gift to current and future counselors sharing thoughts, values, and insights of leaders in the counseling profession.”

LaVerne K. Jordan
Colorado Christian University
Key features

  • Summarized key points highlight personal challenges and successes of contributors to help students learn from real-life experiences.
  • Integrative discussions show readers the perspectives of leaders in the fields of counseling and psychology.
  • A series of questions to consider while reading each story provides a framework for understanding and applying the valuable lessons offered.
  • Reflections, advice, and lessons give guidance to readers in navigating through their own journey.

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