20/20 organizations endorse licensure title, scope of practice for counseling profession

Members of the 20/20 project recently voted to endorse a single licensure title for counselors and a scope of practice for professional counseling.

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Entering the danger zone

Why counselors need to find the courage to talk with boys about sex and pornography. READ MORE …

The case for animal-protective counseling practice

Given the growing contributions of animals as ‘co-therapists’ and the proven mental health benefits of animal companionship, is it time for the counseling profession to formally protect animal welfare through ethical principles and professional practices? READ MORE …

Responding to the rise in self-injury among youth

It is critical for counselors working with adolescents to have a clear understanding of nonsuicidal self-injury and to take the proper steps to minimize contagion among teenage peers. READ MORE …

Unethical supervision practices and student vulnerability

Professional counselors are routinely taught that clients are vulnerable to harm from ineffective therapy practices, but what about counseling students who can only trust that their supervisors have been properly authenticated and licensed?

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Cover Stories

A steadying hand

Receiving supervision is an experience common to all counselors. Some view it as little more than an experience to be endured — another box to be ticked off the list in pursuit of a counseling degree or counselor licensure. Perhaps that’s because securing the proper supervision can be a frustrating, time-consuming and expensive proposition, especially at…continue reading

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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

Unethical supervision practices and student vulnerability

During my practicum and internship in a private practice several years ago, I remember often looking up on the wall at the doctorate degree diploma hanging beside my supervisor’s desk. (I’ll refer to this supervisor as Dr. S.) Something about its design didn’t seem right, but I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly seemed…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Responding to the rise in self-injury among youth

The prevalence of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) among adolescents and young adults has rapidly and significantly increased in recent years, leading mental health professionals and researchers to describe its pervasiveness as epidemic. By definition, a person does not engage in NSSI with intent to die. Rather, NSSI is a means of regulating emotions, relieving tensions, managing…continue reading

Reader Viewpoint

Entering the danger zone

For the most part, the United States lacks a coherent and systematic approach to sexual education. Instead, as lampooned in an online issue of The Onion, sex education is typically informal, unorganized and inaccurate. The Onion article describes a scene in which a 10-year-old boy takes his 8-year-old cousin behind his parents’ garage with a…continue reading

The case for animal-protective counseling practice

As counselors know, the ethical and legal requirement of the “duty to warn” has been adopted as a standard of care across many helping professions. It probably represents one of the most universal elements of counseling ethics regardless of cultural or national identity. Based on the Hippocratic notion of “first, do no harm” or avoidance…continue reading