People in need of help don’t always show up automatically on counselors’ doorsteps and request services. Sometimes counselors have to be intentional about first forming connections with potential clients and inviting them to investigate the therapeutic process. In other instances, counselors may need to get out of their offices and connect directly with people in…continue reading
Business practices for the beginning counselor
What should aspiring private practitioners be aware of and prepare for before jumping into business for themselves?
ACA Conference to feature keynotes by Jeremy Richman, Silken Laumann
Speakers will share messages on brain health, destigmatizing mental illness, finding the courage to ask for help and tapping into the power of resiliency and hope in the face of adversity.
Medicare bill gains critical co-sponsor
Senate bill 1830 would establish reimbursement of licensed professional counselors (LPCs) and licensed marriage and family counselors (LMFTs) for the treatment of clients whose primary coverage is Medicare, the federal health insurance program for citizens who are age 65 or older.
Ten intimate relationship research findings every counselor should know
Recent advances in relationship science provide counselors with new tools, techniques and insights that can be applied to their work with individuals and couples.
Extending the reach of counseling
By engaging in nontraditional and creative outreach and advocacy opportunities, counselors can make significant inroads with client populations and cultures that either underutilize available counseling services or wouldn’t typically consider counseling as an option.
Both of the keynote speakers for the upcoming American Counseling Association 2016 Conference & Expo in Montréal, being held in partnership with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, have risen above the heartbreak and hardship that life has dealt them. Jeremy Richman, a scientist and the father of a child who died in the 2012…continue reading
Have you ever conceived of a counseling tool that you wanted to share with others? Do you work at an agency or clinic that can’t fund a special project that you know would help clients? Maybe you’d like to provide a particular service but need a minimum number of participants to make it happen. Crowdfunding…continue reading
Merriam-Webster defines the term sandwich generation as a “generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children.” Estimates vary concerning how many Americans belong to this sandwich generation, but a recent poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research puts the number at nearly 1 in 10 Americans age…continue reading
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has agreed to co-sponsor a bill that would allow professional counselors to be reimbursed for care of clients who have Medicare health insurance, an issue the American Counseling Association has long advocated for. The Colorado Democrat’s endorsement of the bill carries significant weight because he sits on the U.S. Senate Committee…continue reading
[Editor’s note: Roughly one year ago, CT Online wrote an article about the initiatives the counseling department at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) was engaging in as protests and turmoil rocked the city of Ferguson after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by a white Ferguson police officer, Darren…continue reading
“Follow your heart but take your brain with you.” Relationship science has come a long way since Alfred Adler shared those words of wisdom, but they remain just as applicable today as when he wrote them in the 1920s. Modern scientific studies, ranging from smelling T-shirts (seriously) to connecting couples to skin and heart monitors…continue reading
Licensed professional counselors are increasingly becoming involved in court proceedings relative to their work with families involved in high-conflict divorce, separation and custody litigation. Counseling professionals can serve in a variety of roles when working with families embroiled in divorce litigation. For example, a counselor might develop a therapeutic relationship with an individual family member,…continue reading
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
I was given an assignment in a theories class during the last semester of my undergraduate studies. The assignment was to choose a counseling approach on the basis of agreeing with its theories and assumptions and then defend my rationale for using that approach in counseling. At the time, I was torn between Alfred Adler’s individual…continue reading