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
Four questions for NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel
What does Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, want counselors to know?
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.
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.
Addressing counseling’s portability crisis
ACA and AASCB are proposing state-level changes to improve licensure uniformity and portability across the United States.
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.
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
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
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
Thomas R. Insel has served as the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) since 2002, gaining respect as a leader who supports research that will help us understand, treat and even prevent mental disorders. During his tenure, major breakthroughs have been made in the areas of practical clinical trials, autism research and the role…continue reading
In the winter of 2014, I bedded down for a long-deserved rest. As a counselor educator, I basked in the idea that after posting final grades, the university would be closed for the holiday season. With a full private practice, often seeing 25 clients a week, I had made the executive decision to close my…continue reading
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
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
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
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