Modern counseling models and techniques are as varied and diverse as the counselors and clients who use them. Most counselors have a particular theory, method or school of thought that they embrace, whether it is cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, strength-based, holistic health, person-centered, Adlerian or other. Yet all of these approaches and techniques have…continue reading
Critical social skills to incorporate in a 21st-century social skills group
How many selfies is too many? In today’s society, counselor-client conversations about social and interpersonal skills may need to include social media, texting and other mediums. READ MORE …
ACA-sponsored mental health language included in United Nations resolution
The American Counseling Association advocated to include mental health in a resolution that will inform and influence the United Nations’ upcoming strategic plan.
Four Questions for Jamie Merisotis, President of the Lumina Foundation
Student support systems — including counselors — are more crucial than ever when it comes to helping students go to college and finish their degree, says Jamie Merisotis, president of a private foundation committed to enrolling and graduating students from college. READ MORE …
Do you have diagnosisitis?
When counselors lose focus on wellness principles, they are vulnerable to attributing every client symptom to a mental health disorder. READ MORE …
Losing face: How Facebook disconnects us
The social media revolution tempts us with the ability to form connections worldwide, but insights from college students suggest some potentially serious consequences.
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Earlier this year, College Board President and CEO David Coleman faulted his own company’s test, the SAT, and its main competitor, the ACT, for being “disconnected from the work of our high schools.” In an effort to address that disconnect, among other goals, the College Board announced it would be revamping the SAT, with a…continue reading
The following vignette comes from an actual situation that occurred in one of my diversity workshops. In addition, I am including my thoughts/rationale and the interventions I used during the situation, questions for other group facilitators to consider, possible group/dyad exercises and a summary that helps to place the event in a larger societal context.…continue reading
Jane (name changed) came to the counseling center at Georgia Regents University (GRU) just one month after school started. A first-year student whose home was approximately a three-hour drive from the university, this was her first time being away from her parents. Her transition to college raised a number of different issues for Jane and resulted…continue reading
If you provide counseling services to clients who have autism, or any of several other mental health conditions, at some point you will inevitably work with them on social skills. And if you are like many of the practitioners I know, you have a sizeable collection of the various resources and materials available to support…continue reading
Thanks in part to the advocacy efforts of the American Counseling Association, mental health services are among the major elements included in a resolution that will inform and influence the United Nations’ strategic plan for 2015-2030. ACA has been designated an official U.N. nongovernmental organization (NGO) for nearly a decade. In August, ACA joined 4,000…continue reading
When young children, ages 2 to 9, are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems, the usefulness of talk therapy is limited because they often cannot communicate effectively using words. Play therapy continues to gain momentum as a viable approach to work therapeutically with young children because it is based on the premise that children communicate best…continue reading
This past February, Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday. According to its website, Facebook now boasts more than 1.28 billion active users, and on any given day, more than 60 percent of those users access the site. Facebook’s stated mission is “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”…continue reading
The first time I met Cynthia (not her real name) was in my office. She was in her late 20s and came to me because of a fear of driving. Initially, I believed her case would require cognitive behavioral work, and having received advanced training in rational emotive behavior therapy, I began formulating an outline…continue reading