This past summer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, announced that they are expecting a baby. This celebrity baby news grabbed headlines for a different reason than most, however. The couple’s announcement included a candid acknowledgment that they had been trying to have a baby for several years and had suffered…continue reading
Charleston, counseling and our clients
Nearly four months after the horrific race-related shooting in South Carolina, how might an understanding of the black church’s role in African American society inform counselors’ work with clients?
AMHCA plans educational trip to Cuba
A group from the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) will spend six days in Cuba this month, meeting with — and learning from — Cuban medical and mental health practitioners.
Counseling, football, recovery and triumph
Michigan counselor Chris Harris’ story was recently featured in the NFL’s “Together We Make Football” campaign. When he speaks about the potential for recovery and triumph, it’s personal.
Attending to tummy troubles
Counselors can draw on an assortment of evidence-based therapies to help clients who are suffering with the frequently misunderstood health condition of functional gastrointestinal disorders.
SBIRT: Identifying and managing risky substance use
The emerging clinical practice of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment increases client awareness and normalizes the process of examining how alcohol and substance use are incorporated into all clients’ lives.
“Rose” and “Steve” came to American Counseling Association member Laura Marshak for couples counseling because they felt they had been growing further and further apart ever since their son, “Sammy,” who was now in elementary school, had been born with cerebral palsy. Out of necessity, Steve had become the primary breadwinner for the family, while Rose…continue reading
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
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
On June 17, 2015 several members of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, sat in a basement to share in Bible study. They welcomed a visitor to their Bible study that night — a visitor who would later murder nine of the people in that room. Often, when I am…continue reading
Nine professionals from the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), a division of the American Counseling Association, will depart for an educational trip to Cuba later this month. The group, a mix of counselor practitioners, doctoral students and one counselor educator, will spend six days on the island, meeting with medical and mental health practitioners.…continue reading
The mental health workforce in the United States is a leader in mental health and substance abuse treatment innovation. Currently, the vast majority of treatment focus is on the relatively small portion of the population that is substance dependent, but those with an “at-risk” level of use may go untreated. Only 5 percent of the…continue reading
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
Most of our clients come to us for help with relationship difficulties, work-related stress, persistent anxiety, chronic depression or other well-researched and commonly encountered challenges. Most of us feel that our education and experiences have effectively prepared us to deal with these conditions. Armed with a time-tested array of evidence-based strategies, we confidently set out…continue reading
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