On being a ‘successful’ therapist

If counselors measure success solely on whether clients get “better,” they may eventually find themselves facing professional hopelessness and helplessness. READ MORE…

Integrating addictions counseling into LPC licensing

Counselors who want to work in addictions often face extra state-level licensure requirements, beyond the licensed professional counselor (LPC). The International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) is looking for counselors to join a task force that will study this issue over the next year. READ MORE …

Using the FOCUS model to work with caretakers of adult children

Family dynamics can be turned upside down by serious illness, such as a cancer diagnosis. Counselors can provide much-needed support to a parent thrust into the role of caretaker to an adult child. READ MORE …

Advocating for ‘one-stop shopping’ health care: Q+A with ACA’s Interest Network for Integrated Care

“One-stop shopping” is viewed as a good thing when it comes to buying groceries, picking up a prescription, grabbing a cup of coffee and filling your gas tank. Why not do the same when it comes to physical and mental health care? READ MORE …

Group process from a diversity lens

Rather than avoiding issues of diversity and cultural differences, group leaders should aspire to deepen the conversation and strengthen the connection between members in multicultural groups. READ MORE …

Cover Stories

Ages and stages

Americans live in a youth-obsessed society. Advertisers, the media and even the job market send the message that it pays to be young — or at least look young. But looking beyond the airbrushing and the nip/tucking, there is a stark reality: The population of adults 65 and older in the United States is increasing rapidly.…continue reading



Group process from a diversity lens

At the 2012 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Lee Mun Wah presented an education session titled “Let’s Get Real About Racism: Cultural Competency for Counselors.” The session was described this way: “Through guided questions, we will examine some of the fears and stereotypes that prevent us from having truly open, authentic conversations.…continue reading


Working through the hurt

More than one-third of U.S. women (35.6 percent) and more than one-quarter of U.S. men (28.5 percent) have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to a recent survey by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Those statistics suggest that counselors of all specialties, from school…continue reading

The art and craft of psychobiography

“There is something a little mesmerizing about locating mysteries in people’s lives, then fleshing these mysteries out and, finally, shedding what intensity of light one can on them.”   The quote above is from William Todd Schultz, noted psychobiographer of Truman Capote (among others) and editor of theHandbook of Psychobiography, published in 2005 by Oxford University…continue reading

Online Exclusives

On being a ‘successful’ therapist

The other day I was asked to speak with the members of the board at the agency I work for about what it is like to be a child therapist, what my day is like and things like that. “Just tell one of your success stories,” I was advised. “No problem,” I thought to myself.…continue reading

Integrating addictions counseling into LPC licensing

The process to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) qualifies the license-holder to work with clients who present with posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders and other diagnoses listed in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Why then, would addiction – another DSM-5 diagnosis – be any different?…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Beyond cultural competence

Successfully partnering with and providing culturally responsive services to communities of color require more than cultural competence. The multicultural counseling competencies, adopted by the American Counseling Association and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development in 1992, were a major step in recognizing the unique needs of communities of color. These competencies do not, however,…continue reading

Reader Viewpoint

Counselors and the clinical staging model

Counseling is a preventive profession, typically working with issues and challenges that our clients face daily. However, client concerns often exist at deeper levels, and counseling process often shades into therapy. As counselors, you regularly encounter children and youth who may be at risk. Whether with a medicated child who has been deemed as having…continue reading


Sex offender therapy: A battle on multiple fronts

Working with individuals with sex offense convictions is a specialized area of counseling. There are also “specialties within the specialty” when factoring in the different venues for treatment, including programs in prison, in private practice (often with those on postprison supervision or probation) and in mental institutions. The individuals within this population are generally quite…continue reading