Counseling and leading with creative spirit

There’s little doubt that Thelma Duffey’s term as ACA president will be an active one, distinguished by her passionate, creative and inclusive style.


Counseling Today, CT Online recognized for excellence

For the 11th consecutive year, Counseling Today has been recognized in a national publications competition.


Technology Tutor: HIPAA security compliance made easy (or at least easier)

“The more we use digital tech in our practices, the more relevant HIPAA’s security rule becomes.”


Emotion, personified: What “Inside Out” gets right about mental health

Disney-Pixar’s new film Inside Out bravely delves into the intricate world of emotion in a way that effectively captures the nuances of the way people feel and think—and maybe helps them understand why they act the way they do sometimes.


A ‘problem’ of perception

How can the profession remain true to strength-based counseling theory and practice in a medical model world that demands diagnosis and labeling of clients?


Cover Stories

Coming to terms with technology

In the early 19th century, during the Industrial Revolution, workers in the textile industry began protesting what they considered unfair labor practices. Many of them drove home their demands by destroying the factories’ machinery. It disrupted operations and hit management where it hurt — the pocketbook. These protesters weren’t anti-machinery; they just wanted to ensure…continue reading



Counseling and leading with creative spirit

Heather Trepal, when asked to describe her close friend, mentor and colleague Thelma Duffey, paints a picture of passion and action. “She is not someone who shies away from things,” says Trepal, an associate professor in the department of counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). “When she does something, she does…continue reading


No laughing matter?

A client comes in for his first counseling session. He has a carrot sticking up his nose and a banana in his left ear. “Help!” the client cries. “Can you tell me what’s wrong with me?” “Simple,” the counselor says calmly. “You’re not eating properly.” Laughter is an essential part of the human experience, so it’s no…continue reading

Online Exclusives

Counseling Today, CT Online recognized for excellence

Counseling Today and its companion website, CT Online, received three awards in APEX 2015, the 27th annual awards program celebrating publication excellence among communications professionals. Senior writer Laurie Meyers won two Awards of Excellence. One was in the feature writing category for her April 2014 cover story, “Ages and stages,” which looked at the need…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Preparing tomorrow’s counselor for post-conventional faith

The Pew Research Center’s 2014 survey on the landscape of religion in the United States showed a drastic change in the way people relate to religion and spirituality. Those who identified with the categories of “unaffiliated” or “nothing in particular” reached 38.6 percent of the population, suggesting a crack in the United States’ identity as…continue reading

Incorporating feedback-informed treatment into counseling practice

How do you determine your level of effectiveness in your work with clients? In everyday practice, counselors typically rely on clinical judgment and their own assumptions about the therapeutic alliance and client progress. Few would argue against the importance of good clinical judgment, but there is persistent evidence that counselors’ views of the alliance and…continue reading

Reader Viewpoint

A ‘problem’ of perception

Many counselors now identify themselves as having a strength-based counseling approach, often as part of an eclectic theory base. Yet how do we know we are thinking within a strength-based model and operating with strength-based strategy? Most of our historical theory base developed from a Westernized medical model worldview, and many writers of strength-based literature…continue reading

Self-care in the world of empirically supported treatments

One of the many profound changes within the counseling profession for mental health counselors has been a gradual shift from psychodynamic and person-centered therapies to an emphasis on the medical model. The full history of this shift is an interesting one, featuring as much sociopolitical influence as scientific influence, but that is beyond the scope…continue reading