Monthly Archives: July 2012

Quick hits for July 31: Interesting reads for counselors from around the Internet

Heather Rudow July 31, 2012

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  • Anxiety and depression disorders can lead to an increased use of sick leave.
  • The NFL has launched a comprehensive wellness program for current and retired players, including a confidential mental health phone line.
  • A new strategy called Emotion Detectives Treatment Protocol educates children suffering from anxiety and emotional disorders on what they’re feeling and how to manage those feelings.
  • Early-onset mental disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety and substance abuse are associated with reduced household income in developed countries.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.

Quick hits for July 30: Interesting reads for counselors from around the Internet

Heather Rudow July 30, 2012

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  • Researchers discovered that anxiety is more common in people living in Western countries whereas depression is more commonly reported in the East.
  • Treating patients suffering from PTSD with with Accelerated Resolution Therapy can substantially reduce symptoms.
  • Recounting old and new memories can bias actions in the future.
  • Revenue raised for the state of California’s mental health programs often bypasses those with mental health problems.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.

ACA’s brightest leaders shine at the 2012 Institute for Leadership Training

Heather Rudow July 27, 2012

ACA Institute for Leadership Training members on Capitol Hill.

Counselors for Social Justice President Rhonda Bryant and a fellow Institute attendee pose by the Washington Monument.

More than 100 of the American Counseling Association’s branch, region, and division leaders and emerging leaders convened in Alexandria, Va., to learn what it means to be a leader in a changing society and receive updates on the latest issues impacting the counseling profession at the fourth annual ACA Summer Institute for Leadership Training. The institute, which was held July 25-28, allowed leaders from across the United States (including Puerto Rico) to get to know one another, attend presentations to help enhance their leadership skills, and spend the day on Capitol Hill visiting with elected officials and lobbying for causes important to counselors. Many leaders walked away from the experience looking to be more proactive in their home states.

“It was wonderful and surreal,” says Oscar Sida, a counselor from Las Vegas who attended the institute for the first time. “I want to do more now.”

An ACA member with keynote speaker astronaut Mike Mullane.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.


Quick hits for July 26: Interesting reads for counselors from around the Internet

Heather Rudow July 26, 2012

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  • The fear, dread and other negative feelings that come with anxiety disorders can affect everyday decision-making.
  • Seniors can combat loneliness with mindfulness.
  • Infants with dads who were involved in the early months of their development had fewer behavioral problems as 1-year-olds.
  • The bombings, violence and instability impacting the daily lives of those in Pakistan has led millions to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses, but few get help.
  • Yoga relieves stress by reducing cellular inflammation, according to new research.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.

Quick hits for July 24: Interesting reads for counselors from around the Internet

Heather Rudow July 24, 2012

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  • Researchers confirm that depression and anxiety are worldwide problems.
  • As revisions to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) are about to begin, transgender advocates are working to ensure the new wording alters the mental illness perception on this population.
  • A combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication has been found to reduce symptoms of depression in cancer patients.
  • Children in foster care can learn resilience and feel increased hopefulness from a technique called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training.
  • Neglect early in life can change a child’s brain and behavior in the long run.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.