The Trajectory of Counseling in China: Past, Present, and Future Trends

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TitleThe Trajectory of Counseling in China: Past, Present, and Future Trends
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMichael, R., Schock C. K., Cai R., Lim S. - L., & Lim B. K. H.
JournalJournal of Counseling & Development
Volume88
Pagination4 - 8
Date Published2010
PublisherAmerican Counseling Association
Place PublishedALEXANDRIA
ISBN Number0748-9633
KeywordsCare and treatment, Chinese, Counseling, Counselors, Forecasts and trends, Health aspects, Mental health, Mental illness, MENTAL-HEALTH, Practice, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, APPLIED, psychotherapy, Statistics
Abstract

This article surveys the past, present, and future trends of counseling in China. Historically, mental health problems were addressed within the family. Currently, psychotherapy from trained practitioners is available on a limited basis, at least in urban settings. The challenge of mental health in China is tremendous, and the efforts to meet that challenge are encouraging. The authors recommend that in the future, prevention and intervention services be offered that are ecosystemic, strengths-based, and culturally appropriate.