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Rosenthal Authors Anniversary Edition of Encyclopedia of Counseling
July 29, 2008
Howard Rosenthal's 2002 book, the Encyclopedia of Counseling, became so popular that it was dubbed "the purple book" by helpers nationwide.
Earlier this year, Rosenthal, professor and program coordinator of human services at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, released an updated version titled the Special 15th Anniversary Edition of the Encyclopedia of Counseling, and nearly sold out the first printing within two months of hitting the shelves.
The 2002 book was intended to help professional counselors pass difficult licensing, certificatn and graduate exit exams. The hook of the anniversary edition, Rosenthal said, is that the text actually makes exam preparation enjoyable.
"My book is merely a reflection of my teaching philosophy that education need not be dry, dull or boring," said Rosenthal, a graduate of STLCC-Florissant Valley and a member of its Hall of Fame. "As a student I remember a few teachers saying 'I'm not here to entertain you.' I often get up in front of my classes and boldly assert the direct opposite. Actually I am here to entertain you, and you're going to learn something in the process.'"
The Encyclopedia has been classified as publishers bestseller, a designation that also was given to a previous Rosenthal work titled Favorite Counseling and Therapy Techniques.