Taking school counseling to the Hill

Congressional staff members were briefed on the importance of school counseling at a recent ACA-organized event on Capitol Hill.

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Technology Tutor: Are you prepared for the unexpected?

What would you do if a natural disaster hit your office, or an unexpected emergency keeps you away from the workplace? Rob Reinhardt’s Technology Tutor column focuses on what counselors need to know and plan for in case of the unexpected.

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Beyond LGB

Counselors must make a conscious shift in their understanding of gender as it relates to the human body to begin meeting the needs of transgender clients.

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Empowering youth victimized by cyberbullying

Counselors can use a combination of theoretical principles, solution-focused brief therapy techniques and Internet safety education to shift the focus away from victimization and potentially alter the cycle of cyberbullying.

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Counseling clients with cancer

With more than 1.6 million new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year alone, there is a growing need for counselors to understand what it means to work with these clients and their loved ones.

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Stumbling blocks to counselor self-care

As a counselor, which of the following elements are absolutely essential for you to do your job well? a) Thorough grounding in counseling methods and techniques b) A strong sense of empathy and compassion c) Adequate sleep d) Regular vacations or breaks e) All of the above The correct answer is e) All of the above.…continue reading

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Technology Tutor: Are you prepared for the unexpected?

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

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Counseling clients with cancer

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

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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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Taking school counseling to the Hill

Highly trained and uniquely skilled, school counselors are often the first – and sometimes the only – mental health professionals a young student sees. They’re an essential piece of the American educational system — a piece that deserves support and funding. That’s the message a panel of counselors gave on Capitol Hill last week at…continue reading

Behind the Book: ACA Ethical Standards Casebook

The 2014 ACA Code of Ethics is meant to be a living document, applicable to a growing, changing and active profession. It would make sense, then, for counselors to familiarize themselves with the code through the lens of real-life scenarios that might arise in their office. Barbara Herlihy and Gerald Corey have provided that lens…continue reading

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Empowering youth victimized by cyberbullying

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

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

Reader Viewpoint

Beyond LGB

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

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