According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 25 percent of U.S. adults struggle with depression, anxiety or some combination of both. In any given year, approximately 6.9 percent of American adults — about 16 million people — live with depression. Approximately 18.1 percent — about 42 million — live with anxiety. NIMH estimates…continue reading
Taking counseling’s cause to Capitol Hill
More than 100 professional counselors from across the U.S. visited Capitol Hill this month to advocate for the profession.
Techniques for counseling clients who have chronic pain
Helping clients learn to cope with chronic pain often involves addressing their concurrent emotional pain and building their capacity for self-exploration and self-awareness.
Implementing DBT in your counseling practice
Several considerations can help counselors make smart decisions about whether to fully implement standard dialectical behavior therapy or, alternatively, to provide partial, DBT-informed treatment.
When tragedy hits close to home
No one wants to assume that an episode of mass violence could happen where they live or work, but it is essential that counselors prepare themselves and their communities ahead of time for the worst-case scenario.
Treating depression and anxiety
Counselors are using mindfulness, cognitive strategies, neurofeedback and other techniques in the ongoing effort to help the millions of Americans who struggle with two common mental health conditions.
Aurora, Colorado. Fort Hood, Texas. Virginia Tech. The Washington Navy Yard. And, most recently, Charleston, South Carolina. Each of these places transitioned from being a name on a map to an instant reminder of the devastating aftermath of mass violence. Another is Sandy Hook, the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school where shooter Adam Lanza killed 26 people,…continue reading
Heather Trepal, when asked to describe her close friend, mentor and colleague Thelma Duffey, paints a picture of passion and action. “She is not someone who shies away from things,” says Trepal, an associate professor in the department of counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). “When she does something, she does…continue reading
Most counselors I speak with are not fully compliant with HIPAA/HITECH (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, respectively). One of the primary areas in which they are not compliant is in the documentation of a risk assessment, along with security policies and procedures.…continue reading
More than 100 professional counselors visited Capitol Hill on July 23 as part of the American Counseling Association’s Institute for Leadership Training (ILT) to advocate for the profession on a range of issues, from federal funding for school counselors to hiring more counselors at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Counselors from more than 30…continue reading
This summer, state licensing boards across the United States are being asked to accept both a uniform scope of practice and a common licensure title for professional counselors as part of an effort to improve license portability for counselors. Letters, cowritten and signed by the leadership of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American…continue reading
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, is one of the few evidence-based treatments for borderline personality disorder. However, since its origination 20 years ago, DBT has been implemented with populations in various settings with positive results. DBT is intensive and involves many techniques, including cognitive behavioral skills training, mindfulness meditation and behavioral interventions.…continue reading
The Pew Research Center’s 2014 survey on the landscape of religion in the United States showed a drastic change in the way people relate to religion and spirituality. Those who identified with the categories of “unaffiliated” or “nothing in particular” reached 38.6 percent of the population, suggesting a crack in the United States’ identity as…continue reading
Clients or patients facing chronic pain require a special counseling approach that can be applied universally, no matter their source of pain or the number of months or years they have tried to deal with the pain. We have honed and practiced these techniques at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, because many…continue reading
Many counselors now identify themselves as having a strength-based counseling approach, often as part of an eclectic theory base. Yet how do we know we are thinking within a strength-based model and operating with strength-based strategy? Most of our historical theory base developed from a Westernized medical model worldview, and many writers of strength-based literature…continue reading