Powerful conversations, with a side of laughs

Jessica Pettitt, keynote speaker at ACA’s upcoming 2017 Conference & Expo, has a gift for diving into things that are tough to talk about.


Document like a clinician: The ins and outs of documenting your training supervision

“Think about treating supervision sessions as you might a session with clients. In this situation, you are the person receiving a service — namely, supervision. Take notes, and follow up after the session with additional notes and thoughts.”


Nonprofit News: Independent contractor or employee?

Part-time or independent contractor? The status that you work or hire under can offer either liability or protection, depending on the situation.


Ask your doctor if nature is right for you

A Q+A with the filmmaker behind the tongue-in-cheek NatureRx commercials.


Hooah! Thoughts and musings on Operation Immersion

A training program invites counselors to experience short-term immersion into military culture and lifestyle so that mental health professionals can, in turn, be better prepared to help active-duty soldiers and veterans.


Cover Stories

Cultivating a practice of mindfulness

In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn, author and professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, which uses a combination of mindfulness meditation and yoga to promote healing. In the ensuing decades, interest in mindfulness — not just for physical healing but also for emotional healing — has…continue reading


Is it OK to have it all?

As Lindsey Mitchell approached the end of her doctoral program in counseling at George Washington University, she wasn’t quite sure what was next. After a decade of intense focus on her education, she found her career options in the field both exciting and intimidating. When Mitchell began talking to other women in her program about career…continue reading

What counselors can do to help clients stop smoking

Nearly half of the cigarettes consumed in the United States are smoked by people dealing with a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The federal agency says that rates of smoking are disproportionately higher — a little more than double — among those diagnosed with mental illness than among…continue reading

Technology Tutor: Mastering your domain (name)

It’s been some time since I have conveyed knowledge about a technical concept here in the Technology Tutor column. Now seems like a great time to discuss something that continues to be confusing not just to counselors but also for others who don’t possess inside knowledge of how the internet works. We aren’t necessarily required…continue reading

Online Exclusives

Powerful conversations, with a side of laughs

Consider yourself warned: The keynote address on Saturday, March 18 at the American Counseling Association 2017 Conference & Expo in San Francisco will cover some uncomfortable topics. The speaker, Jessica Pettitt, has a gift for diving into things that are tough to talk about. At the same time, she brings a warmth and humor to…continue reading

Document like a clinician: The ins and outs of documenting your training supervision

Supervision is critical to the career development and advancement of many mental health professionals, including counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers. The boards responsible for licensure set standards regarding the number of hours, frequency and nature of the supervision necessary for licensure as an independent professional. Various professional organizations also set standards for…continue reading

Knowledge Share

‘I’m not broken, just stuck’

Yet another model of counseling? I would have asked the same question before my introduction some years ago to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT, and pronounced as the word, act). It is a model that stands on the shoulders of long-endorsed approaches to counseling, yet it takes these ideas into new and, I believe, more…continue reading

Practicing cultural humility

Privilege is invisible to those who have it.” This pithy statement from sociologist Michael Kimmel reflects the state of research on privilege and also calls attention to the importance of counselors raising self-awareness about how privilege affects their work. A general consensus exists among counselors that they need to be aware of their own privilege…continue reading

Member Insights

Hooah! Thoughts and musings on Operation Immersion

Hooah: Military slang referring to or meaning “anything and everything except ‘no.’” Used predominantly by soldiers in the U.S. Army.   My father was in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. I grew up as a military dependent, relocating every few years (and attending more than 20 schools) until I graduated high school.…continue reading

Bridging the divide between police and the public

In a 2012 Counseling Today article titled “Counselors: Support local police by sharing your skills,” counselor educator Diana Hulse and retired police Capt. Peter J. McDermott advocated for counselors and counselor educators to serve their communities by training local police in interpersonal skills. They made the case that interpersonal skills are not inherent, but that…continue reading