Gut health and healthy brain function in children with ADHD and ASD

Improving gut health can have a dramatic effect upon mood and cognitive functioning because of its healing nature within the immune and nervous systems.

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Behind the book: The Counselor and the Law

“The imperative to serve the clients’ best interests never changes even though the complexities of modern life continue to create new legal and ethical dilemmas.”

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Apps4Counseling: What’s in your digital toolbox?

An ongoing project has carefully vetted and selected 350 of the best apps — and counting — that can be used to supplement and enhance counseling, counselor education and wellness promotion.

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Why can’t we be friends?

A mixed-methods study suggests that counselors should be very careful about entering into nonsexual post-therapy relationships with former clients.

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Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies: Practical applications in counseling

Nearly 25 years after development of ACA’s original Multicultural Counseling Competencies, these new competencies provide a framework for addressing the constellation of identities that clients and counselors bring to the therapeutic relationship.

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Immigration’s growing impact on counseling

They come by air, land and sea. In airplanes, on overcrowded boats, aboard shipping vessels, by train or even on foot. They are immigrants and refugees looking for the same things as previous generations of people who willingly came to the United States: hope, sanctuary and the possibility of a better life. Everyone in the…continue reading

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Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies: Practical applications in counseling

During the past three decades, counseling scholars and practitioners have argued that multicultural competence is a central concern to working effectively with diverse clients and to providing culturally responsive counseling environments. Counselors and clients both bring to the therapeutic relationship a constellation of identities, privileged and marginalized statuses, and cultural values, beliefs and biases to…continue reading

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Becoming your own boss

A year after Cyndi Briggs graduated with her master’s degree in counseling, she was working as an addictions counselor. The work and the clients were important to her, but it was also a difficult job, and the hours were long. She eventually found herself dealing with symptoms of depression. Briggs went to talk with a career counselor, and the…continue reading

Technology Tutor: Tech resolutions for the new year

I don’t make personal New Year’s resolutions. For me, it feels more authentic to assess, evaluate and make resolutions year-round. I also take this approach in my business. However, I find that the dawn of the new year is a great time for big-picture business resolutions. For most businesses, the end of the calendar year also…continue reading

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Gut health and healthy brain function in children with ADHD and ASD

With the awareness being brought forward regarding gut health and neurocounseling, the future looks bright for our children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although all the tools that are available for neurocounseling are excellent for improving cognitive, emotional and social skills, we now have additional research to support the addition of…continue reading

Behind the book: The Counselor and the Law

When Anne Marie “Nancy” Wheeler and Burt Bertram took over the authorship of The Counselor and the Law: A Guide to Ethical and Legal Practice in 2007, four editions of the title had already been published. Like the profession itself, counseling’s legal and ethical standards are a moving target, an ever-evolving and growing entity. It…continue reading

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Why can’t we be friends?

Over the past three decades, researchers have examined multiple relationships between psychotherapists and their current and former clients, and boundary issues have been explored in the ethics literature. In day-to-day practice, multiple relationships (also known as dual-role relationships) with current clients are commonplace for some practitioners. In some instances, these relationships can be unavoidable and…continue reading

Race talk and facilitating difficult racial dialogues

Over a five-year period, my colleagues and I have conducted a series of studies to explore the psychology of racial dialogues or “race talk” in the training of counselors and other mental health professionals. As we become an increasingly diverse society, it is impossible for counselors not to encounter clients who differ from them in…continue reading

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Apps4Counseling: What’s in your digital toolbox?

The increase in mobile device ownership and usage — primarily smartphones and tablets, in that order — has been remarkable for all segments and age groups of the U.S. population. The independent market research company eMarketer estimated that just under 2 billion people worldwide would own a smartphone by the end of 2015. Although tablet…continue reading

Business practices for the beginning counselor

In my CACREP-accredited master’s and doctoral programs in community and clinical mental health counseling, I received a thorough education in many areas but little instruction on how to establish a private practice. Foundational legal and ethical concepts are introduced to students in the classroom, and clinical experience is offered in practicum and internship, but students…continue reading