Tools for navigating the world at large

Counseling clients with autism often involves helping them build new social skills that will allow them to fit in and make connections with others without having to sacrifice their own sense of individuality and uniqueness.

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Understanding adult ADHD

A combination of treatment modalities may be most effective so that adults with ADHD can continue to function well in their respective environments.

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Behind the book: Cognitive Behavioral Therapies: A Guidebook for Practitioners

A look into what makes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) such a “go to” method for professional counselors, 60-plus years after it was first introduced.

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@TechCounselor: There’s no escaping technology

As counselors, we are confronted with an ever-changing technology landscape that affects our personal and professional lives and the lives of our clients.

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Bringing Syrian hospitality into your counseling practice

How could you incorporate hospitality into your counseling practice to make it more welcoming for those of Middle Eastern descent? You can follow some rituals that might help to evoke a sense of respect and suggest that your practice is a place to sit and talk.

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Tools for navigating the world at large

By the time children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are approaching elementary school age, they are already exhibiting symptoms that typically lead to lifelong social difficulties. Among these symptoms: impaired communication and interaction, an inability to self-regulate and modulate emotions, very narrow and specific interests, and sensory processing difficulties that make it difficult for them…continue reading

Features

A light in the darkness

Erin Wiley, a licensed professional clinical counselor in northwestern Ohio, once had a client tell her that seasonal depression was like diving into a deep, dark pond each fall. Wiley understands the comparison. With seasonal depression, “you have to prepare to hold your breath for a long time until you get across the pond, reach…continue reading

Stories of empowerment

In 2009, writer Chimamanda Adichie gave a TED Talk on the danger of reducing people to a single narrative, using her own personal stories to illustrate the complexity of individuals. In one of those stories, she revealed how her college roommate in the United States had a single understanding of Africa — one of catastrophe.…continue reading

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Understanding adult ADHD

Many people ask, “Isn’t ADHD something that kids grow out of?” When people think of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), they usually picture a child “bouncing off the walls” and then being unable to follow directions to stop that behavior. In mainstream society, we don’t see adults bouncing off the walls, so it makes sense that people…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Building better counselors

In the opening chapter of the sixth edition of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theories and Interventions (published by the American Counseling Association), David Capuzzi, Mark Stauffer and Douglas Gross make the case that the helping relationship is central to all effective counseling. Not many counselors would argue with this idea. Nevertheless, many counseling practitioners still feel…continue reading

Beyond words

Attempting to work from a purely cognitive or emotional perspective with clients who have experienced sexual trauma is like trying to build a sturdy house without laying down a solid foundation. Facilitating recovery from sexual trauma demands the inclusion of the site of the original wounding — the body. A clinical vignette “Jerry” arrives seven…continue reading

Member Insights

Bringing counselor expertise to court

As a counselor educator, I could have done more to prepare counseling students for involvement with the court system. Pertinent discussions were usually limited to child custody, records, privileged communication, subpoenas and counselors’ vulnerability in the courtroom. I had experienced depositions and had written clinical summaries, but I had never appeared in court. My own…continue reading

The fragility of freedom

With more than 2.2 million Americans behind bars, there are more citizens incarcerated in the United States than in any other country in the world, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The United States can also lay claim to the highest rate of recidivism. According to a Department of Justice study, a staggering…continue reading