Look before you leap

Transitioning into private practice can be rewarding, but counselors interested in making that jump should first consider the challenges they’ll invariably face and the skills necessary for success. READ MORE …

Girls daring greatly

Witnessing elements of vulnerability and strength in a therapeutic wilderness setting.


NCC will require graduation from a CACREP accredited program beginning in 2022

Starting in 2022, the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential will only be granted to those with a degree from a counselor education program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).



Storytelling and hope in Ferguson

University of Missouri counseling students and professors bring play therapy, ‘pop-up’ counseling tents to protests. READ MORE …

The Hope Chest: Finding calm within the storm

Lessons on becoming a resilient therapist. READ MORE …

Cover Stories

Look before you leap

For many counselor clinicians, opening a private practice is the epitome of “living the dream.” After all, you get to be your own boss, set your own hours and control how much you get paid. On the surface, it sounds wonderful. But moving into private practice requires extensive planning as well as a set of…continue reading



Midcourse corrections

Picture a female client facing a bleak employment market, stressing out about finding a new living space and struggling to find a boyfriend who wants the same things she does. She also suffers from low self-esteem and has been dabbling in some disordered eating. Based on that description, perhaps you are envisioning a millennial in…continue reading


Group Process from a Diversity Lens: Who’s going to stand up?

The final vignette of this series reflects an actual situation that occurred in my diversity workshop. I am including my thoughts/rationale and the intervention I used during the situation, as well as questions for other group facilitators to consider, possible group/dyad exercises and a summary that helps to place the event in a larger societal…continue reading


Prepping for the new SAT

Earlier this year, College Board President and CEO David Coleman faulted his own company’s test, the SAT, and its main competitor, the ACT, for being “disconnected from the work of our high schools.” In an effort to address that disconnect, among other goals, the College Board announced it would be revamping the SAT, with a…continue reading

Online Exclusives

Girls daring greatly

When discussing the idea of girls in the wilderness, the topic of vulnerability comes up often. Typically it is in the context of how girls are vulnerable in fragile ways that we should protect or shelter. However, having been a teenage girl myself, and now having worked as an adolescent mental health therapist for nine…continue reading

NCC will require graduation from a CACREP accredited program beginning in 2022

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has announced that after January 1, 2022, individuals applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential must hold their degree from a counselor education program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). NBCC is an independent credentialing organization based in Greensboro, North Carolina,…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Responding to the rise in self-injury among youth

The prevalence of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) among adolescents and young adults has rapidly and significantly increased in recent years, leading mental health professionals and researchers to describe its pervasiveness as epidemic. By definition, a person does not engage in NSSI with intent to die. Rather, NSSI is a means of regulating emotions, relieving tensions, managing…continue reading

Reader Viewpoint

Entering the danger zone

For the most part, the United States lacks a coherent and systematic approach to sexual education. Instead, as lampooned in an online issue of The Onion, sex education is typically informal, unorganized and inaccurate. The Onion article describes a scene in which a 10-year-old boy takes his 8-year-old cousin behind his parents’ garage with a…continue reading

The case for animal-protective counseling practice

As counselors know, the ethical and legal requirement of the “duty to warn” has been adopted as a standard of care across many helping professions. It probably represents one of the most universal elements of counseling ethics regardless of cultural or national identity. Based on the Hippocratic notion of “first, do no harm” or avoidance…continue reading