What gets in the way? Examining the breakdown between research and practice in counseling

It is believed that research should inform counseling practice and practice should inform counseling research, yet there appears to be a breakdown between the two.

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Nonprofit News: Self-care for caregivers

While you invest so much in “saving” others, are you neglecting yourself? If so, you, like many of us in this profession, could be in danger of compassion fatigue or burnout.

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Pettitt to counselors: What are we doing to carve out unity?

“This whole conference is about unity. But have we done something to carve that out?” Pettitt asked the crowd. “We’re so polarized [as a nation] right now. What are you doing to make that not true?”

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Yalom urges ACA attendees to hold fast to self-care and the therapeutic alliance

At Friday’s opening keynote session of the American Counseling Association 2017 Conference & Expo in San Francisco, psychotherapy sage Dr. Irvin Yalom shared his insights on everything from self-care and vulnerability as a therapist to counseling by text, his love of literature and the essential nature of the therapeutic bond.

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Survey says: America is stressed out

In five months between fall 2016 and January 2017, the overall stress levels of American adults increased from 4.8 to 5.1 on a 10-point scale, according to recent surveys by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Cover Stories

When brain meets body

Chinese medicine has always acknowledged the link between the body and the mind. In Western medicine, from the time of the ancient Greeks through the Elizabethan era, the thinking was that four bodily humors (black bile, yellow bile, phlegm and blood) influenced mood, physical health and even personality. Shakespeare built some of his characters around…continue reading

Features

Fostering a brighter future

In fall 2015, there were 427,910 youths in foster care, according to the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, marking the third consecutive year that this number has increased nationwide. Of those youths, 61 percent were removed from a home because of neglect and 32 percent were removed…continue reading

The (misguided) pursuit of happiness

Happiness. Most Americans seem to believe that it is something to which we are entitled. After all, happiness — or at least the pursuit of it — is enshrined in our nation’s Declaration of Independence. As a result, we invest a significant amount of time, money and effort looking for that magical thing/place/person/experience that will…continue reading

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Nonprofit News: Self-care for caregivers

The field of counseling is one that offers great rewards. We get to see people go from their worst to their best. We get to be a part of the change that our clients are seeking. Even so, the hours and hours we spend listening to the pain of others can take its toll. That…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Helping children and families address and prevent sibling abuse

Counselors play a fundamental role in the well-being of children and adolescents, including serving as advocates against abuse. We are trained to assess and intervene if clients are experiencing sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect. Children are a particularly vulnerable population given their size, power status and general lack of knowledge about how to…continue reading

Digging into the numbers

It has been relatively well-publicized in the media that mental illness typically affects 20 percent of the U.S. population, or about 1 in 5 people, yet the source of this statistic is rarely disclosed. Furthermore, media sources typically discuss mental illness in general terms and don’t address its susceptibility by age or present statistics on…continue reading

Member Insights

Group counseling: Neglected modality in private practice

After approximately 25 years of working in private agencies, I started a part-time private practice a few years ago focusing on my specialty area of working with clients with substance use disorders. Having worked largely with adolescents, I was looking forward to working more frequently with adults, especially after I had the realization that I was…continue reading

The healing language of appropriate touch

I learned a lesson about the power of touch totally by accident. I didn’t learn this lesson in graduate school, from a book or journal article, or from any professional training. Instead, it happened in the front yard with my son. He was 8 years old at the time and already displaying the burgeoning need for…continue reading