The presenters share the joys, self-doubts, struggles, strategies, personal experiences and rewards of their experiences in writing in the field of counseling. They offer suggestions such as identifying an area of interest, designing a proposal, getting started with writing and revising, working effectively with a publisher, the review process, creating a realistic writing schedule, working with other counseling professionals, completing a project and future revisions.
The focus is on ways to identify interests in professional writing and strategies for completing a proposal for a book. Invited authors share the pains, joys, self-doubts, strategies, personal experiences, and rewards of their experiences in writing chapters or books in the counseling field. Many students and professionals have ideas for a book they would like to write, yet both internal and external obstacles often thwart their efforts. Panelists offer suggestions such as: identifying an area of interest; pinpointing a topic to research and explore; designing a proposal; gathering data; getting started and following through; finding a publisher; working effectively with a publisher; the review process; creating a schedule for writing; integrating teaching and practical counseling experience with writing; working with colleagues; testing out ideas; developing a working draft; revising the draft; and aiming toward completion of a project. Emphasis is on learning to identify and challenge writer’s block and the ideas that often sabotage success in writing and publishing on topics in the counseling profession. Audience participation is sought and attendees are asked to think about getting started in actualizing their writing plans.
Understand how to best approach the task of writing a book for counselor practitioners and counselor educators.
Understand the beliefs that sometimes prevent successful outcomes in writing in the counseling field.
Appreciate the importance of creating a personal approach to writing chapters or books in the counseling profession.
Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling,
California State University, Fullerton