Cover Stories

Body language

Lynne Shallcross July 1, 2013

Thirty million Americans will struggle with a clinically significant eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Pressure to conform to the “thin ideal” starts early. The NEDA website indicates that between 40 and 60 percent of…continue reading

Global influence

Compiled by Lynne Shallcross June 1, 2013

The following article contains the complete responses from each individual interviewed for the June cover story of Counseling Today. This version is longer than what ran in the magazine. To American Counseling Association President Bradley T. Erford, the globalization of counseling is not about creating a mirror image of the profession as it is practiced…continue reading

When the hurt is aimed inward

Lynne Shallcross May 1, 2013

Cutting. Burning. Headbanging. Embedding. Self-hitting. Pinpricking. Thinking about people intentionally hurting themselves in these ways can be difficult but, sometimes, counselors don’t have a choice. When a client struggling with nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) appears in a counselor’s office, the counselor’s task is to help — and the perhaps natural reaction to cringe or admonish the…continue reading

Building a more complete client picture

Lynne Shallcross April 1, 2013

Imagine picking up a stone on the side of a creek. Your task is to understand its markings, characteristics and shape solely through examination of the stone itself. Using that method would result in a comparatively limited view of the stone, says Michelle Flaum Hall. “If, however, we acknowledge the forces within [the stone’s] environment…continue reading

Unmistaken identity

Lynne Shallcross March 1, 2013

What constitutes the identity of a counselor? Perhaps the answer, in its simplest form, can be found in the way that counselors introduce themselves. Martin Ritchie keeps it simple: “Hello, I’m Martin Ritchie, and I’m a professional counselor.” “I learned this from Sam Gladding,” says Ritchie, professor and chair of the Department of School Psychology,…continue reading