Case study: The critical need to conduct thorough child assessments

Cover all your bases, and avoid the temptation to lean too heavily on any single piece of information in a client’s file when making an assessment. Things are not always what they seem.

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Unprepared, undecided and unfulfilled

Anxiety, confusion and questions of identity greet many college seniors as they consider their impending graduation and the necessity of determining their next steps in the ‘real world.’

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Addressing fear in child victims of sexual abuse

Counselors should be prepared to implement interventions that facilitate the healing journey by addressing the child victim’s past, present and future fears.

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Partners in transition

Clients with gender identity issues often face immense challenges that include chronic marginalization, but attuned counselors can offer a safe space for self-exploration and transformation.

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Hidden in plain sight

Counselors may not intentionally set out to work with issues surrounding substance use and addiction, but with a little digging, they may discover that these issues are often connected to even their most ‘typical’ clients.

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Hidden in plain sight

Drunk. Junkie. Loser. These are just some of the ugly labels that get thrown around when people talk about addiction. Labels that reinforce the belief that addiction happens to “other” people — or other counselors’ clients. Counselors know that addiction is a disease, of course. But it’s a disease with a particularly bad reputation, and…continue reading

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Partners in transition

Robyn Chauvin was happily married in the early 1990s. Having spent time in counseling, she had given up drugs and alcohol, was studying to be a music therapist and was working with patients in a psychiatric hospital. But she knew there was one more change she needed to make. “I got very clear that I…continue reading

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Going wild

In a matter of months, 16-year-old “David” had gone from being a successful student to spending 12 or more hours per day playing video games. He lost his scholarship to a private school, then dropped out of school altogether, refusing to leave the couch, even to bathe. He also stopped communicating with his family. His…continue reading

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Technology tutor: What can counselors learn from Edward Snowden?

Prologue: Your feedback needed! The Technology Tutor column has returned and will be published more often (bimonthly instead of quarterly). With more opportunities to bring you information about technology use in counseling, I want to know what you want to read about. In the past we’ve covered practice management systems, websites, HIPAA/HITECH, telehealth, the 2014…continue reading

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Addressing fear in child victims of sexual abuse

One of the most widely published statistics on child sexual abuse, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, asserts that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. Furthermore, research by John Read and colleagues in 2004 estimated that 50 percent of adult…continue reading

The powerful perspective of body satisfaction

Every January, right as the new year begins, we are saturated by commercials for diets, advertisements for exercise machines and stories of people whose lives were transformed upon attaining the elusive goals of slimness and fitness. This message is an undercurrent throughout the entire year, of course; it just becomes especially blatant and constant in…continue reading

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Unprepared, undecided and unfulfilled

A client said to me: “I wish someone would just fill in all the answers.” Caroline is a bright, motivated and seemingly confident college senior, yet she is terrified of graduation and bewildered in the face of her future. She wants “variety” and options, but she does not want to choose one. She wants a “gratifying…continue reading

Drawing a circle around denial

Group counseling was known to be a beneficial method of treatment for substance abuse even prior to the 1935 founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, but it wasn’t until after World War II that group therapy became a widely accepted form of treatment. It was used in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient treatments, correctional centers, substance abuse treatment and…continue reading