Raising public awareness of the counseling profession

Counselors can engage in effective advocacy by adjusting how they promote the counseling profession in common interactions with clients, agencies, community stakeholders and other mental health providers.

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Bridging the divide between police and the public

A pilot program involving counselors focuses on strengthening the interpersonal skills of police personnel to foster better relationships within the community.

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The holiday blues are real, and counselors can help

The holidays can be a particularly challenging time, especially for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or struggle with anxiety, depression or other mental illness.

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Adopting across racial lines

Counselors can be a source of vital information and support for families who find themselves unprepared for the challenges of transracial adoption.

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What counselors can do to help clients stop smoking

Given their expertise in behavioral change — and the strong connections between mental health issues and cigarette use — counselors are perfectly positioned and equipped to help clients take a significant step toward healthier living.

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Investigating identity

“W hat are you?” That is a question commonly asked of individuals who are multiracial. As a society, we have gotten used to checking off a metaphorical — and often literal — “box” when it comes to questions of race. We seem to expect everyone to “just pick one.” But the population of the United States…continue reading

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What counselors can do to help clients stop smoking

Nearly half of the cigarettes consumed in the United States are smoked by people dealing with a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The federal agency says that rates of smoking are disproportionately higher — a little more than double — among those diagnosed with mental illness than among…continue reading

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Technology Tutor: Mastering your domain (name)

It’s been some time since I have conveyed knowledge about a technical concept here in the Technology Tutor column. Now seems like a great time to discuss something that continues to be confusing not just to counselors but also for others who don’t possess inside knowledge of how the internet works. We aren’t necessarily required…continue reading

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Walking with clients through their final days

During the time that Kerin Groves spent by her dying client’s hospital bed, she could tell that he felt conflicted. “I sensed he kept hanging on because his adult children were unable to cope with him dying,” she recalls. “The son kept urging him to fight and get better, even though the patient was in…continue reading

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The holiday blues are real, and counselors can help

The holidays can be a particularly challenging time, especially for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or struggle with anxiety, depression or other mental illness.   Counselors can provide support and guidance to those who are struggling through this season, from introducing coping techniques to dealing with loneliness or family tensions.…continue reading

Adopting across racial lines

For decades, white Americans have adopted children of color here in the United States and from other countries such as South Korea, Guatemala, China and Ethiopia. In many cases, these children are raised in white families with no awareness of the culture they came from. This was particularly true in the past, says licensed professional…continue reading

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Raising public awareness of the counseling profession

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals.” — Consensus definition of counseling developed and approved through 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling   Renaldo sits at home dreading when the next panic attack will hit him. It has happened…continue reading

Wellness matters

The concept of wellness can be found across history, from ancient civilizations through the foundational tenets and ethical codes of contemporary counseling and allied mental health and medical disciplines. Counseling professionals in particular have embraced a holistic, wellness-oriented approach that contrasts with traditional medical/illness models, and many of our theoretical approaches have adopted health-enhancing, prevention-oriented…continue reading

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Bridging the divide between police and the public

In a 2012 Counseling Today article titled “Counselors: Support local police by sharing your skills,” counselor educator Diana Hulse and retired police Capt. Peter J. McDermott advocated for counselors and counselor educators to serve their communities by training local police in interpersonal skills. They made the case that interpersonal skills are not inherent, but that…continue reading

Widening the scope of counselor self-education

Counseling is not a profession that has a knowledge ceiling. We are always working diligently to grow our knowledge so that we can be more efficacious for our clients. All too often, however, counselors may find themselves studying the same general areas: their chosen theoretical orientations, research studies on their favorite evidence-based practices, literature handed…continue reading