American Counseling Association 2022 Conference and Expo – Cognella Virtual Exhibit

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Greetings from Kassie Graves: Publisher – Social Work, Counseling, and Human Services

I am thrilled to represent Cognella Academic Publishing in person at the American Counseling Association 2022 Conference and Expo. If you’re attending the conference, stop by and say hi!

If you aren’t able to attend the conference, we’ve put together a virtual exhibit to emulate the spirit and energy of an in-person event and to share our latest titles in the discipline.

As we continue to face increasingly complex challenges, from the highly personal to those on a global scale, scholarship in the social sciences is more important than ever.

For over 25 years, I have had the pleasure of developing textbooks in the disciplines of counseling, social work, human services, and family studies. Since joining Cognella in 2015, I have continued to build and grow our offerings in these key areas by valuing authors’ unique perspectives, providing a platform for introducing their work to thousands of students nationwide, and investing in helping these critical disciplines move forward in interesting and innovative ways.

The titles featured in this virtual exhibit reflect Cognella’s commitment to publishing quality texts by notable authors that showcase the exciting work and thought leadership emerging in social work, counseling, and human services.

If you’re interested in discussing book ideas, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at:

I hope you all have a wonderful conference!

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Featured Titles


Edward Neukrug and Danica G. Hays

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Developed for helping professionals, Counseling Theory and Practice explains what it means to be an effective helper, discusses foundations of classic counseling and psychotherapy theories, provides an overview of emerging theories, and gives students the opportunity to develop their own approaches to counseling and psychotherapy practice.

In the third edition, Ed Neukrug is joined by Danica Hays, who uses her expertise on efficacy, cultural diversity, and gender issues to enhance each chapter. In addition to new chapters on the emerging theories of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and neurocounseling, the text uses inclusive language and fully updated references, adds new vignettes, and highlights existing videos and websites created by Dr. Neukrug.


S. Kent Butler, Anna Flores Locke, and Joel M. Filmore, Editors

Introduction to 21st Century Counseling: A Multicultural and Social Justice Approach provides readers with an overview of the counseling discipline with emphasis on developing a culturally responsive practice rooted in social justice. Featuring chapters authored by seasoned experts and rising stars in the counseling profession, the text offers traditional information integrated with evidence-based techniques and practices based upon key multicultural and social justice competencies.

The text is the recipient of a 2022 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. Read the press release to learn more.


Ed Jacobs, Christine J. Schimmel, Bob Masson, and Riley Harvill

Group Counseling: Strategies and Skills provides readers with a comprehensive exploration of group counseling with emphasis on critical techniques for effective group leadership.

The ninth edition features new content related to the social justice movement as well as leading groups during times of crisis such as the global pandemic that began in 2020. Each chapter has been updated to include learning objectives, information on leading groups virtually, and case studies. The section about leading groups of children and adolescents has been expanded, and references throughout the text have been updated.


Danica G. Hays and Anneliese A. Singh

Coming Soon!

Qualitative Research in Education and Social Sciences provides readers with an in-depth guide on planning, conducting, and reporting qualitative research to inform professions, communities, and scholarship as a whole. It also considers the importance of cultivating the relationships that researchers develop with others as well as within themselves as they navigate complex questions that impact them both professionally and personally.

This second edition reflects a more multidimensional perspective of the role of the qualitative researcher, a restructured and updated presentation of qualitative research paradigms and traditions, an expansion on online media research, and a continuing eye toward empowerment and advocacy within the research conducted with participants and communities.


Sonia Amin and Priya Bansal

Understanding the Asian Indian Diaspora and Mental Health: Liberation from Western Frameworks gives voice to the lived experiences and nuanced concerns of Asian American people as they attempt to survive and thrive in American society. In particular, the book names and examines systems of oppression that influence the mental health experiences of Asian Indians in the U.S. and helps readers critically analyze shortcomings of Western models of psychological healing. The text helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice with regard to liberation and decolonization of psychotherapeutic clinical work.


Rebecca L. Toporek and Muninder Kaur Ahluwalia

Drawing on their collective experience in career counseling, multicultural counseling, psychology, and social justice, authors Rebecca Toporek and Muninder Ahluwalia guide you through an exciting, four-principle approach that will jumpstart your personal and professional activism.

The dynamic workbook helps you identify your personal strengths and resources, connect with others, and develop effective strategies to enact change, all the while encouraging self-care and care of those you love. Throughout, you’ll have extensive opportunities to build knowledge, reflect on your experiences, assess your abilities, and construct a plan that effects change. Step-by-step, this energizing guide helps you transform from a passive witness to an active participant and advocate for social change.


Edward Neukrug

The sixth edition of The World of the Counselor: An Introduction to the Counseling Profession provides readers with an illuminating window into the day-to-day realities of a practicing counselor. This new edition includes updated information within every chapter to reflect the latest ethical codes and standards, updated content on cutting-edge issues, and alignment with 2016 CACREP standards. In keeping with current trends, cultural competence, social justice concerns, technological issues such as tele-mental health counseling, some of the newest theories in counseling, and crisis, disaster, and trauma counseling are highlighted. Throughout the text, students are provided with meaningful self-reflection opportunities, hands-on experiential activities, and enlightening case studies to enrich their learning experience.


Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Beyond introduces readers to some of the major theories, approaches, modalities, and influences that help guide clinical counseling and psychotherapy. It covers some traditional theories but is not a strict “theory” text in the conventional sense. The book is much more than a repackaging of a 1980s era mode of thinking as both the established and the burgeoning are featured throughout. The emphasis on technology makes this an especially noteworthy volume for anyone teaching or taking a counseling theory or skills course.

Free Textbook Spotlight - Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism edited by Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.

“During the summer of 2020, in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the team at Cognella came together to determine new ways in which we could support the Black community. While it has always been important for us as a publisher to give a voice to historically underrepresented authors in academia, we knew we could do even more. We wanted to leverage what we do best—publishing—and also make a difference in a meaningful way. We decided we could make a significant impact by publishing a free book that highlights the contemporary battle for equity and the lived experiences of those in the Black community.” – Bassim Hamadeh, Cognella Founder and CEO

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“It is my hope that the book will provide a blueprint for readers that will empower them to actively confront anti-Blackness wherever it exists, because this is the only way we will progress toward making Black lives matter.” - Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.

About the Book 

At the heart of racist attitudes and behaviors is anti-Black racism, which simply put, is the disregard and disdain of Black life. Anti-Black racism negatively impacts every aspect of the lives of Black people.

Edited by renowned scholar and psychologist Kevin Cokley, Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism explores the history and contemporary circumstances of anti-Black racism, offers powerful personal anecdotes, and provides recommendations and solutions to challenging anti-Black racism in its various expressions.

The book features chapters written by scholars, practitioners, activists, and students. The chapters reflect diverse perspectives from the Black community and writing styles that range from scholarly text supported by cited research to personal narratives that highlight the lived experiences of the contributors. The book focuses on the ways that anti-Black racism manifests and has been confronted across various domains of Black life using research, activism, social media, and therapy.

About the Editor

Kevin Cokley, Ph.D. is a distinguished teaching professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development. He is the director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Dr. Cokley holds the title Distinguished Psychologist from the Association of Black Psychologists and is the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology. His research focuses on African American psychology with a focus on racial identity development, academic achievement, and the impostor phenomenon. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Georgia State University and M.Ed. in counselor education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Cognella Series on Advances in Culture, Race, and Ethnicity - Co-sponsored by Division 45 of the American Psychological Association

Series editors: Miguel Gallardo, Psy.D.; Allen Ivey, Ed.D., ABPP; Joseph E. Trimble, Ph.D.; Norweeta G. Milburn, Ph.D.; and Sumie Okazaki, Ph.D.

The Cognella Series on Advances in Culture, Race, and Ethnicity is a collection of key volumes that address the timely topics of race, culture, multiculturalism, diversity, and working with various populations within a variety of fields. Written and edited by leading scholars in diverse disciplines, the volumes are highly practical, focused, and designed to supplement textbooks used across the curriculum.

This series is co-sponsored by Division 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, of the American Psychological Association.

Celebrating Cognella Authors Honored with 2022 ACA Awards

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Edward Neukrug

Author of Counseling Theory and Practice (Third Edition); The World of the Counselor: An Introduction to the Counseling Profession (Sixth Edition); A Brief Orientation to Counseling: Professional Identity, History, and Standards; Skills and Techniques for Human Service Professions: Counseling Environment, Helping Skills, Treatment Issues (Second Edition); Counseling and Helping Skills: Critical Techniques to Becoming a Counselor; editor of Contemporary Theories in Counseling and Psychotherapy; and coauthor of Dictionary of Counseling and Human Services: An Essential Resource for Students and Professional Helpers

Thomas Hohenshil National Publication Award

The Thomas Hohenshil National Publication Award recognizes an ACA member who has made outstanding contributions to the publication of counseling-related literature. 

Thomas Hohenshil has provided significant publishing leadership to the counseling profession.

He served the Journal of Counseling & Development in several capacities for more than 20 years, including as a member of the editorial board and as column editor, associate editor and guest editor. He has published widely in a variety of other formats, including professional journals, books, book chapters and monographs.

Dr. Hohenshil has presented at numerous convention programs and workshops and taught graduate courses designed to help others learn how to publish. He received ACA’s Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award and is an ACA Fellow.

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Eric T. Beeson

Coauthor of The Neuroeducation Toolbox: Practical Translations of Neuroscience in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Professional Development Award

The Professional Development Award recognizes an ACA member who has developed techniques and systems that have strengthened, expanded, enhanced, improved and/or otherwise had demonstrable benefits to clients.

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Carl J. Sheperis

Coauthor of the forthcoming text Foundations of Substance Use and Addiction Counseling 

Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award

The Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award honors an ACA member who has made a significant contribution to the counseling profession, or individuals served by the profession, by influencing public policy at the state or national level. The award is named in memory of the late Member of Congress from Kentucky, Carl D. Perkins, who chaired the House Education and Labor Committee from 1967 to 1984.

Celebrating Cognella Textbooks That Received 2022 Awards From The Textbook & Academic Authors Association


The William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award

The third edition of A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have: A Guide to Being a White Person or Understanding the White Persons in Your Life, written by Janet E. Helms, received the William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. The award recognizes textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time. It bears the name of William Holmes McGuffey, whose influential primers helped bring the United States out of frontier literacy and were in print 1836 – 1921. To be nominated, a work must be in print for 15 years and still be selling.

Read the press release announcing the award.

Learn more about A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have in the Cognella Title Catalog.


The Most Promising New Textbook Award

Introduction to 21st Century Counseling: A Multicultural and Social Justice Approach, edited by S. Kent Butler, Anna Flores Locke, and Joel M. Filmore; and Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism edited by Kevin Cokley, Ph.D. received the Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. The award recognizes excellence in first edition textbooks and learning materials. Works are judged by textbook authors and subject matter experts for their merits in four areas: pedagogy, content/scholarship, writing, and appearance and design.