When tragedy hits close to home

By Lynne Shallcross July 24, 2015

Aurora, Colorado. Fort Hood, Texas. Virginia Tech. The Washington Navy Yard. And, most recently, Charleston, South Carolina. Each of these places transitioned from being a name on a map to an instant reminder of the devastating aftermath of mass violence. Another is Sandy Hook, the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school where shooter Adam Lanza killed 26 people,…continue reading

Counseling clients with cancer

By Lynne Shallcross February 24, 2015

As of Jan. 1, there is official recognition that a cancer diagnosis can, and often does, affect a patient’s mental health. At the beginning of the year, a requirement was put in place for cancer programs to screen all patients for psychosocial distress in order to receive accreditation through the American College of Surgeons Commission on…continue reading

Prepping for the new SAT

By Lynne Shallcross August 21, 2014

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

Uncovering counseling’s past

By Bethany Bray July 30, 2014

Counselors are often urging their clients to learn from their past, to reflect on the decisions they have made and to consider how they have grown and changed. That lesson could – and should — be applied to the profession itself, according to the Historical Issues in Counseling Network. The 25-member group, one of 17…continue reading

Total health care

Lynne Shallcross October 1, 2013

When Russ Curtis visits his primary care physician (PCP) for his yearly checkup, the physician checks his blood pressure and his weight. She listens to Curtis’ heartbeat and asks if he’s been having any pain. She also screens for substance abuse and depression. It hasn’t always been the norm for family doctors to screen for…continue reading