Voice of authority

What can counselors do to make sure that their professional opinions are treated with deference? READ MORE …

Pass the popcorn: Counseling in the movies

Every once in awhile, a movie comes along that really seems to “get it,” portraying mental health struggles or the counselor-client relationship in an authentic, meaningful way.

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Facebook: Don’t let friends’ cries for help go unanswered

Facebook recently introduced a guide to help users know what to do if a friend posts a suicide threat or other serious cry for help. READ MORE …

Interventions with nursing home residents

“After a few weeks of individual and group counseling with the geriatric patients, I knew that my specialty had found me,” writes LPCC Georgia Ellis. READ MORE …

Shifting student demographics shine light on need for greater cultural awareness in schools

This fall marks the first time that there is a statistical “minority majority” in U.S. public schools, with students of color surpassing the number of white students.

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Cover Stories

All in the family

When Russian author Leo Tolstoy wrote in his novel Anna Karenina, “Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” he was definitely on to something. A dysfunctional family environment has myriad effects on its members — effects that are intricately woven by factors such as personalities, communication abilities, attachment issues and sometimes even family…continue reading

Features

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Midcourse corrections

Picture a female client facing a bleak employment market, stressing out about finding a new living space and struggling to find a boyfriend who wants the same things she does. She also suffers from low self-esteem and has been dabbling in some disordered eating. Based on that description, perhaps you are envisioning a millennial in…continue reading

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Group Process from a Diversity Lens: Who’s going to stand up?

The final vignette of this series reflects an actual situation that occurred in my diversity workshop. I am including my thoughts/rationale and the intervention I used during the situation, as well as questions for other group facilitators to consider, possible group/dyad exercises and a summary that helps to place the event in a larger societal…continue reading

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Prepping for the new SAT

Earlier this year, College Board President and CEO David Coleman faulted his own company’s test, the SAT, and its main competitor, the ACT, for being “disconnected from the work of our high schools.” In an effort to address that disconnect, among other goals, the College Board announced it would be revamping the SAT, with a…continue reading

Online Exclusives

Voice of authority

As a counselor and counselor educator, I am often pondering the recent trend of developing professional identity and what that means in applicable terms. Professional identity development has been heralded as involvement in professional organizations, legislation, mentoring, continuing education and supervision. These are effective ways to develop your own personal identity as a counselor, but…continue reading

Pass the popcorn: Counseling in the movies

Every once in awhile, a movie comes along that really seems to “get it,” portraying mental health struggles or the counselor-client relationship in an authentic, meaningful way. For Ryan Thomas Neace, that movie is Good Will Hunting. The 1997 film portrays the back-and-forth between a therapist, played by Robin Williams, and client, played by Matt…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Addressing learners’ emotional reactions to race-based trainings

When addressing race-based topics in counselor trainings, have you noticed times when learners’ emotional reactions inhibited their abilities to absorb training material or your ability to instruct? If the answer is yes, know that you are not alone. Race-based trainings are not for the faint of heart — at least not if done well. As…continue reading

Reader Viewpoint

Exploring the impact of war

A small town celebrates a homecoming. Parties are given in honor of the combat veteran who has returned home triumphantly. Families and loved ones are reunited, and community leaders show honor to the warrior by offering laud in public ceremonies. All appears to be whole again. But as the dust settles and the town returns to its…continue reading

Losing face: How Facebook disconnects us

This past February, Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday. According to its website, Facebook now boasts more than 1.28 billion active users, and on any given day, more than 60 percent of those users access the site. Facebook’s stated mission is “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”…continue reading