The end of counseling as we know it

Depending on one’s viewpoint, a futuristic portrayal of counseling in the age of intelligent machines may be either exciting or frightening.

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A visual picture of the human psyche

The Mandala Assessment Research Instrument offers counselors a client-centered tool based in wholeness that accesses both conscious and unconscious information.

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Addressing counseling’s portability crisis

ACA and AASCB are proposing state-level changes to improve licensure uniformity and portability across the United States.

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Embracing the ongoing push for progress

The LGBT community has had many victories to celebrate during the past several years, but counselors dedicated to working with this population understand the various challenges that continue to confront these clients on a daily basis.

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What would Yalom do? Ten nuggets of wisdom for counselors old and new

Maryland LCPC Cheryl Fisher finds important lessons for counselors in Irvin Yalom’s When Nietzsche Wept.

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Embracing the ongoing push for progress

Positive social change is possible. It is often slow and halting, but it does happen. In the past decade, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) have experienced some positive change regarding their human rights and societal attitudes. As of this writing, 37 states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay…continue reading

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Addressing counseling’s portability crisis

It’s a frustrating scenario that happens all too often. A counselor moves to a new state and finds that although she has been practicing and licensed for years (or sometimes even decades), she doesn’t meet the requirements to become licensed in her new place of residence. That’s because counselor licensure titles and requirements across the…continue reading

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Technology Tutor: Are you prepared for the unexpected?

Denial is a powerful defense mechanism, and despite all of our knowledge and training as counselors, many of us still stick our heads in the sand concerning the potential for the unexpected to affect us, our practices and our clients. In dealing with insurance companies, taking notes, handling phone calls or creating a contingency plan…continue reading

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Counseling clients with cancer

As of Jan. 1, there is official recognition that a cancer diagnosis can, and often does, affect a patient’s mental health. At the beginning of the year, a requirement was put in place for cancer programs to screen all patients for psychosocial distress in order to receive accreditation through the American College of Surgeons Commission on…continue reading

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The Hope Chest: The writing on the wall

Through our traumas, we are often at risk of ingesting our perpetrators, continuing to perpetuate the same cycles of abuse and abandonment on ourselves and on others, and believing the messages of unworthiness communicated through the injuries that were inflicted. Left unchecked, these messages can be fully absorbed like toxins through our skin, and we…continue reading

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A visual picture of the human psyche

The Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI) is a Jungian instrument based on symbols and colors that are chosen intuitively. When displayed on the developmental template of the Great Round, these symbols and colors reveal a visual picture of one’s psyche. Joan Kellogg developed MARI as an art therapy tool in the 1970s. An art therapist…continue reading

Empowering youth victimized by cyberbullying

Technology has changed the way adolescents bully one another. What once happened during an eight-hour school day now happens online within the home environment. This form of bullying is inescapable and occurs at all hours of the day and night. For victims, the consequences of being targeted by this behavior can range from lowered academic…continue reading

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The end of counseling as we know it

In the mid-1960s, Joseph Weizenbaum, a pioneer in computer science working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory, developed a very simple computer program named ELIZA that was capable of having a conversation with a human being. ELIZA’s responses were programmed in a way that mimicked what might happen in a…continue reading

Beyond LGB

Counselors are familiar with the meaning of the word oppression. We take a multicultural counseling course that covers the definition during the early developmental stages of our counseling career. Many of us feel the weight of a biased system that puts immense pressure on us, both systemically and individually. We may even advocate for ourselves…continue reading