When Barack Obama was elected the first African American president of the United States in 2008, some optimistic observers thought that American society had finally reached a post-racial age. As the past two-plus years have highlighted vividly, however, the significance of race and the influence of racism on the American story are far from over.…continue reading
Nonprofit News: Avoiding client disclosure on social media
In an increasingly connected world, it is important to remember that social media cannot replace the ethical requirement for supervision and it should not be treated as such.
Digging into the numbers
A careful review of reputable statistics on the prevalence and treatment of mental illness provides many insights, including identifying areas where research and outreach may be lacking.
The Social Adventures and Experiments of Tommy Joe Peterson
A therapeutic short story uses a creative approach to help elementary and middle school-age children improve their problem-solving skills while reflecting on the dilemmas they face in day-to-day life.
APA to welcome DSM feedback
The American Psychiatric Association has created an online portal for the public to submit suggested changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Creative and novel approaches to empathy
By advancing beyond the basic skill of ‘reflection of feelings,’ counselors can infuse new energy into sessions and help clients feel understood on a deeper level.
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
As Lindsey Mitchell approached the end of her doctoral program in counseling at George Washington University, she wasn’t quite sure what was next. After a decade of intense focus on her education, she found her career options in the field both exciting and intimidating. When Mitchell began talking to other women in her program about career…continue reading
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
To many people, social media is the best thing since the abacus, transforming the way we live and do business. It offers us a world of knowledge with the stroke of a few keys and the briefest of pauses. Of course, social media can be both a tool and a crutch that leads to sloppy…continue reading
The American Psychiatric Association has created an online portal for the public to submit suggested changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Launched this winter, the portal allows clinicians, scholars and members of the public to submit suggested additions, deletions or modifications to the DSM. Often called the “psychiatric bible,” the…continue reading
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
Near the end of Carl Rogers’ life, he wrote a scathing article noting that his conceptualization of empathy had little to do with the popularized notion of empathy that had become known as “reflection of feelings.” He may have been particularly angry because there were some apocryphal stories circulating about Rogers’ work with clients. One…continue reading
The idea of this therapeutic short story is to creatively illustrate the various dilemmas that occur from the perspective of a socially awkward young man, Tommy Joe Peterson. Through the story, the reader is able to gain perspective on the thought process and problem-solving skills of this uniquely talented 11-year-old boy. Whether this fictional story…continue reading
Hooah: Military slang referring to or meaning “anything and everything except ‘no.’” Used predominantly by soldiers in the U.S. Army. My father was in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. I grew up as a military dependent, relocating every few years (and attending more than 20 schools) until I graduated high school.…continue reading