VA expands policy to allow service dogs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has amended its policy to allow all types of trained service dogs in VA facilities, including canines that support people with mental health and emotional issues.

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Technology Tutor: What you need to know about credit cards

For many counselors, the decision has become not so much whether to accept credit cards but how.

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Diagnosing ADHD in toddlers

It can be challenging for counselors and other mental health professionals to discern between typical toddler behavior and clinically significant symptoms that might indicate the presence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Helping the helpers

Integrating a strength-based perspective in graduate school and beyond can help fortify new and developing counselors during normal periods of self-doubt.

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Going beyond ‘no means no’

Sexual assault remains a significant problem on college campuses, so counselors are placing increased focus on prevention efforts while still providing supportive services to survivors.

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Taking a creative approach to client change

Fan culture has gone mainstream. Whereas once the celebration of popular media was confined mostly to small, under-the-radar TV show and comic book conventions, today myriad fan gatherings take place — both on the Internet and off. Shows and characters that not so long ago would have been considered “niche” — think superheroes, science fiction,…continue reading

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Technology Tutor: What you need to know about credit cards

Credit cards are being used in more than 60 percent of all sales in the United States, and that number is expected to keep rising (see bit.ly/ccusage). That means it is increasingly challenging to run any sort of business without accepting credit cards. Counselors must also factor in the increasing number of clients who have…continue reading

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Going beyond ‘no means no’

Survivors and activists have sought for decades to shine a light on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses with everything from Take Back the Night events to No Means No education campaigns. A Columbia University student who graduated in May made national headlines when she spent her senior year carrying a mattress with…continue reading

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When tragedy hits close to home

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

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VA expands policy to allow service dogs

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has amended its policy to allow all types of trained service dogs in VA facilities, including canines that support people with mental health and emotional issues. Previously, the only animals allowed in VA facilities were guide dogs, with few exceptions. Keith Myers, an American Counseling Association member and licensed…continue reading

Taking steps toward dignity

What do we want? Dignity! When do we want it? Now! This chant echoed across the National Mall on Monday, Aug. 24, as a large group of people stepped off for the inaugural Destination Dignity march. The event, organized by a coalition of mental health organizations, agencies and nonprofits, was planned to rally against the…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Helping the helpers

Tanisha is a master’s student in the middle of her internship. She has just left supervision with her site supervisor and says to herself, “Will I ever know enough?” Chuck is a first-semester counseling student in a skills class. He hears a lot of feedback from his faculty member and tells himself, “I can’t do…continue reading

Implementing DBT in your counseling practice

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

Reader Viewpoint

Diagnosing ADHD in toddlers

In 2000, Dr. Steven Hyman, then director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), made a statement for the record and publicly recognized that preschoolers can have the mental health condition of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He made this statement even though this belief was not widely accepted at the time. He further stated that…continue reading

Techniques for counseling clients who have chronic pain

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