Seeing people, not prisoners

To intervene effectively in the lives of people exiting the correctional system, counselors make use of career counseling skills, trauma treatment, motivational techniques and a strong sense of empathy.

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A systemic perspective for working with same-sex parents

Structural family therapy provides counselors with a framework for joining with and supporting same-sex parents as they confront barriers, navigate stressors and create a functional hierarchy that meets the needs of family members.

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Counseling interns get firsthand exposure to immigrant experience

“It’s not simple work; you will most likely make a lot of mistakes getting this kind of a program off the ground – I know we did – but it is so much better to dance and miss a few steps than to never dance at all.”

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The relationship as client

Couples counseling isn’t simply ‘individual counseling times two,’ but rather a focus on two unique people in relationship and how to make that relationship function in a healthy way.

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Nonprofit News: Community contacts: Building your program without funding

With increased community involvement, you can find many of your budgetary needs reduced. Many times, the resources are out there and we just didn’t realize it.

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The relationship as client

Among the most common difficulties that bring couples to counseling are infidelity, financial problems, sex and intimacy issues, parenting challenges and ongoing tensions with the in-laws. Each of these problems has its own unique characteristics, but according to couples counselors, they tend to share a similar root cause — namely, lack of communication. The challenge for…continue reading

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Seeing people, not prisoners

Upon being released from prison in the United States, the prospects for ex-offenders are grim. In some states, they might get $20 and a pair of clothes to wear out the door. If they’re lucky, they will receive a bus ticket back to the county where they were arrested. Almost immediately, they must secure or…continue reading

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Counseling ‘unlikeable’ clients

It’s not a politically correct statement, but, sometimes, clients are tough to like. Yes, counselors are supposed to remain professional at all times and practice unconditional positive regard. But they are also human, and fending off creeping feelings of “dislike” can be a challenge, especially when clients espouse racist, misogynistic or homophobic beliefs; have abrasive…continue reading

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Counseling interns get firsthand exposure to immigrant experience

An innovative partnership in North Carolina is pairing counseling graduate students from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with clients of a free medical clinic nearby. Many of these clients are recent immigrants. According to those involved with the effort, the partnership provides the student interns with a chance to hone their counseling skills…continue reading

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A systemic perspective for working with same-sex parents

According to census data, there were roughly 125,000 same-sex couples raising approximately 220,000 children in the United States in 2010. Since that time, increasing numbers of same-sex couples have declared committed partnerships, capturing the attention of policymakers and bringing the issue of legal recognition of same-sex partnerships to the forefront of politics. In 2015, the U.S.…continue reading

Counseling survivors of sexual assault

My journey (Brooke Bagley) of developing a five-phase model of counseling began in 2013 as I was completing my master’s-level graduate program and transitioning into a therapy position at a local area sexual assault center where I had worked since 2010. For the past three-plus years, I have listened to horrific stories, learned to establish…continue reading

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Treating psychogenic nonepileptic seizures

Imagine what it’s like to suffer from seizures that can strike anytime, anywhere. Imagine losing your driver’s license, job and social life because of seizures that seem to be uncontrollable. Imagine the emotional turmoil that ensues as these seizures take over more and more of what you once enjoyed, considered necessary or maybe even took…continue reading

Lessons from Lilongwe

During my first internship as a master’s student, I provided in-home family counseling and quickly became overwhelmed by the needs I thought I saw in my clients’ lives. Most of my clients had low incomes, and some lived in subsidized housing. With excellent supervision, I did my best to provide counseling, but as a new…continue reading