Welcome to the Companion Website

This site is intended to enhance your use of Introduction to Counseling, Fifth Edition, by Michael Scott Nystul. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material. 

Introduction to Counseling provides an overview of counseling and the helping professions from the perspective of art and science—the science of counseling that generates a knowledge base proven to promote competency and efficacy in the practitioner, and the art of using this knowledge base to build skills that can be applied sensitively to clients in a multicultural society.   

The Fifth Edition has been organized into three sections: (1) an overview of counseling and the counseling process, (2) multicultural counseling and counseling theories, and (3) special approaches and settings. It continues to address key topics and issues, including gender, culture, and sexual orientation, and offers ways to integrate multiculturalism into all aspects of counseling, rather than view it as a separate entity. Highlighting emerging trends and changes in ethical codes, as well as reflecting the latest updates to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the book successfully illustrates the importance of art and science to modern-day counseling.


We gratefully acknowledge Michael Scott Nystul for writing an excellent text and for creating the Instructor’s Manual. Special thanks are also due to Maria Cuddy-Casey of Immaculata University for creating the test bank and PowerPoints on this site, and to Susan Beach, Nancy Grau, and Nick Barneclo for their role in developing the web quizzes.