Positive social change is possible. It is often slow and halting, but it does happen. In the past decade, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) have experienced some positive change regarding their human rights and societal attitudes. As of this writing, 37 states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay…continue reading
Suicide prevention: There’s an app for that
SAMHSA has designed a new smartphone app to put suicide prevention tools and resources at the fingertips of medical and mental health professionals.
Assessing ‘ideal’ versus ‘real’ family characteristics with adolescents
Using creativity to bridge the gap between lessons learned in the counseling office and an adolescent’s home setting.
Family-centered, child-inclusive divorce
Keeping “family” in the center of family change.
Behind the book: Counseling for Multiculturalism and Social Justice
“Counselors can choose either to ignore the influence of culture and oppression or to address it head on.”
Four questions for NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel
What does Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, want counselors to know?
It’s a frustrating scenario that happens all too often. A counselor moves to a new state and finds that although she has been practicing and licensed for years (or sometimes even decades), she doesn’t meet the requirements to become licensed in her new place of residence. That’s because counselor licensure titles and requirements across the…continue reading
Denial is a powerful defense mechanism, and despite all of our knowledge and training as counselors, many of us still stick our heads in the sand concerning the potential for the unexpected to affect us, our practices and our clients. In dealing with insurance companies, taking notes, handling phone calls or creating a contingency plan…continue reading
As of Jan. 1, there is official recognition that a cancer diagnosis can, and often does, affect a patient’s mental health. At the beginning of the year, a requirement was put in place for cancer programs to screen all patients for psychosocial distress in order to receive accreditation through the American College of Surgeons Commission on…continue reading
A new smartphone app has been designed to put suicide prevention tools and resources at the fingertips of medical and mental health professionals. Practitioners who download the free Suicide Safe app will have access to case studies, training and data to help them recognize and address suicide risk in patients and clients. The Substance Abuse…continue reading
When working with adolescents in a group setting, it is important to provide opportunities to explore, evaluate and process the dynamics that occur within their homes. After all, eventually they will be faced with the dilemma of figuring out how to apply what they have learned in therapy to situations at home. I have formulated…continue reading
The Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI) is a Jungian instrument based on symbols and colors that are chosen intuitively. When displayed on the developmental template of the Great Round, these symbols and colors reveal a visual picture of one’s psyche. Joan Kellogg developed MARI as an art therapy tool in the 1970s. An art therapist…continue reading
Technology has changed the way adolescents bully one another. What once happened during an eight-hour school day now happens online within the home environment. This form of bullying is inescapable and occurs at all hours of the day and night. For victims, the consequences of being targeted by this behavior can range from lowered academic…continue reading
In the mid-1960s, Joseph Weizenbaum, a pioneer in computer science working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory, developed a very simple computer program named ELIZA that was capable of having a conversation with a human being. ELIZA’s responses were programmed in a way that mimicked what might happen in a…continue reading
Counselors are familiar with the meaning of the word oppression. We take a multicultural counseling course that covers the definition during the early developmental stages of our counseling career. Many of us feel the weight of a biased system that puts immense pressure on us, both systemically and individually. We may even advocate for ourselves…continue reading