Uncovering counseling’s past

Knowing the counseling profession’s full history and identity can help shape its future.  READ MORE …

The complicated mourner

Unresolved grief can severely impair a client’s ability to function, but the condition can remain hidden behind other symptoms and presenting problems unless counselors listen carefully and ask the right questions. READ MORE …

Counseling transracial adult adopted persons

Counselors are particularly equipped to offer multicultural life span interventions that encourage clients to explore their pre-adoption histories, their racial identity development and their relationships with their adoptive and birth families. READ MORE …

College disorientation

Making the transition to college can be an exceedingly challenging experience and trigger a host of issues for today’s students. READ MORE …

It takes two (or more)

Providing the best in client care and the best preparation for counselors-in-training often requires teamwork, collaboration and a willingness to break through the silos that sometimes threaten to isolate helping professionals. READ MORE …

Cover Stories

It takes two (or more)

Despite the American tradition of “rugged individualism,” working successfully is rarely a solitary activity. Although counselors are proud of their professional identity and strive to be experts in whatever their specific disciplines may be, there is still room for — even a need for — communication and the exchanging of ideas with individuals from other…continue reading

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College disorientation

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

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Group process from a diversity lens: Breaking the silence

The following vignette describes an actual situation that occurred in one of my diversity workshops. In this case, I was called in to show a film at a university in the Midwest to about 300 students, faculty members and folks in the community. A young Jamaican man volunteered to share his experience as a student…continue reading

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Uncovering counseling’s past

Counselors are often urging their clients to learn from their past, to reflect on the decisions they have made and to consider how they have grown and changed. That lesson could – and should — be applied to the profession itself, according to the Historical Issues in Counseling Network. The 25-member group, one of 17…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Counseling transracial adult adopted persons

Kit Myers, a transracial adoptee, in his cover story for Gazillion Voices online magazine, states, “As we grow older … many adoptees slowly begin to understand the complexity of adoption and the violence of separation, secrets and racial difference that accompanies the loving parts of adoption. Rarely is there space for adoptees who have had a…continue reading

Reader Viewpoint

The complicated mourner

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

Lessons on becoming a therapeutic care receiver

My wife Linda Bowen Wasicsko began this article before her death, and I have finally finished it. It is based on a series of workshops we developed and delivered together on caregiving and care receiving. It details her personal journey to become what she called a “therapeutic care receiver.” I believe this is a much-needed…continue reading