The Rise Of Counseling in America (1900s-1940s): Background information when reading The Driest Season

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The Driest Season

by Meghan Kenny

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The Rise Of Counseling in America (1900s-1940s)

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Much of The Driest Season revolves around the suicide of Mr. Jacobson and the effect it has on his youngest daughter—and main protagonist—Cielle. As Cielle tries to better understand the reasons why her father took his own life, she discovers that he was secretly seeking help for depression through a counselor, a fact he kept hidden even from his wife because "[h]e was embarrassed he couldn't help himself."

In the 1940s, counseling was only just gaining popularity among everyday Americans, and its benefits in helping all sorts of mental and emotional troubles were still a recent discovery. In fact, until the 1910s, counseling's primary focus was simply to offer guidance to students choosing careers and vocations. While this may seem an almost trivial start, the focus on matching jobs to individuals' personalities was actually quite revolutionary at a time when many were expected to either take up their father's profession or pursue careers deemed worthy by their parents....

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