Organized around the latest CACREP Standards, Counseling Individuals Through the Lifespan introduces readers to the fundamentals of the counseling process during each stage of human development. Topics such as the client-counselor relationship, counseling theory, research, and interventions are addressed with a focus on caring for the total person within his/her environment and culture. Emphasizing the importance of intentionality and self-reflection, the chapters include case illustrations and guided practice exercises to further the development of successful 21st century counselors.

Counseling Individuals Through the Lifespan is part of the SAGE Counseling and Professional Identity Series, which targets specific competencies identified by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs). To learn more about each text in the series, please visit


  • The text is organized around and integrates the new CACREP Standards of developing professional identity.
  • Case Illustrations profile a variety of clients and scenarios while implementing best practices for each individual case and situation.
  • Counseling models throughout the book assist in conceptualizing clients' issues and treatment planning at different lifespan developmental stages.
  • Guided practice exercises, reflection questions, and pre- and post-assessments offer robust pedagogical support for putting theory into practice.
  • Additional resources and recommended supplemental readings sections provide students and counseling professionals with auxiliary information to further their knowledge in counseling and human development.
  • Each author has a strong professional counselor identity and experience in academics and practice, furthering the theme of professional development to counseling students as well as advocacy for the profession.
  • Online instructor and student (open access) resources provide additional support for the text.

For Instructors Teaching a Single Course

The Series features eleven texts that address each of the foundational skill areas necessary for professional identity development. In each text, you'll find:

  • An emphasis on counseling as a reflective practice in both course progression and professional settings
  • A focus on applying theory to practice
  • An integration of CACREP Standards
  • A diverse and respected group of authors, most of whom are practitioners and educators
  • Instructor resources (password protected) and student resources (open access) that provide robust pedagogical support

For Curriculum Developers

A common set of features span all texts in the Series, offering instructors and students a consistent approach to foundational content. Features include:

  • The fostering of the student's professional identity using the ethical guidelines and CACREP standards that guide the counseling profession
  • A blend of contemporary theory with current research and empirical support
  • Case illustrations and guided practice exercises to help students translate theory and research into professional decision making and application
  • An assimilation of concepts and constructs that move students to higher levels of cognitive and affective competence
  • An emphasis on the need for and means of demonstrating accountability
  • Instructor (password protected) and student resources (open access) that provide robust pedagogical support