Prepping for the new SAT

The College Board is rolling out a redesigned exam in spring 2016, but the time for school counselors to get familiar with the changes and the possible ramifications for students is now. READ MORE …

Group process from a diversity lens: Racists are just ignorant

One of the hardest things to endure as a person of color is having to live with the reality that you cannot protect your children from racism. READ MORE …

The Hope Chest: Unpacking the hurt

A useful therapeutic metaphor can help grief-stricken, suicidal teenagers learn to manage their pain differently, while also cultivating hope and resiliency.

Connecting with clients

The innate value of the therapeutic alliance is one of the most basic and cherished beliefs of the counseling profession, but that doesn’t mean figuring out how to make that connection with each individual client isn’t challenging, even for experienced professionals. READ MORE …

Behind the book: A Counselor’s Guide to Working with Men

Men’s issues can be misunderstood or overlooked by counselors, the majority of whom are women. There are gender-specific themes that counselors should keep in mind – and be sensitive to – when working with men. READ MORE …

Cover Stories

Connecting with clients

Modern counseling models and techniques are as varied and diverse as the counselors and clients who use them. Most counselors have a particular theory, method or school of thought that they embrace, whether it is cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, strength-based, holistic health, person-centered, Adlerian or other. Yet all of these approaches and techniques have…continue reading



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


Group process from a diversity lens: Racists are just ignorant

The following vignette comes from an actual situation that occurred in one of my diversity workshops. In addition, I am including my thoughts/rationale and the interventions I used during the situation, questions for other group facilitators to consider, possible group/dyad exercises and a summary that helps to place the event in a larger societal context.…continue reading


College disorientation

Jane (name changed) came to the counseling center at Georgia Regents University (GRU) just one month after school started. A first-year student whose home was approximately a three-hour drive from the university, this was her first time being away from her parents. Her transition to college raised a number of different issues for Jane and resulted…continue reading

Online Exclusives

The Hope Chest: Unpacking the hurt

When I first met Ally, 17, she surveyed the seating arrangement in my office and chose the chair closest to my door. Obviously guarded, she sat with both arms and legs crossed looking at me with green eyes slightly camouflaged by blond wispy bangs. Ally’s mother had been trying to get her to come to…continue reading

Behind the book: A Counselor’s Guide to Working with Men

It is widely acknowledged that men are less likely than women to seek help for mental health issues. At the same time, men’s issues can be misunderstood or overlooked by counselors, the majority of whom are women, say Matt Englar-Carlson, Marcheta Evans and Thelma Duffey, the authors of A Counselor’s Guide to Working with Men,…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Counseling transracial adult adopted persons

Kit Myers, a transracial adoptee, in his cover story for Gazillion Voices online magazine, states, “As we grow older … many adoptees slowly begin to understand the complexity of adoption and the violence of separation, secrets and racial difference that accompanies the loving parts of adoption. Rarely is there space for adoptees who have had a…continue reading

Reader Viewpoint

The complicated mourner

The first time I met Cynthia (not her real name) was in my office. She was in her late 20s and came to me because of a fear of driving. Initially, I believed her case would require cognitive behavioral work, and having received advanced training in rational emotive behavior therapy, I began formulating an outline…continue reading

Lessons on becoming a therapeutic care receiver

My wife Linda Bowen Wasicsko began this article before her death, and I have finally finished it. It is based on a series of workshops we developed and delivered together on caregiving and care receiving. It details her personal journey to become what she called a “therapeutic care receiver.” I believe this is a much-needed…continue reading