Cover Stories

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

Making life work

Lynne Shallcross January 1, 2013

What sets counseling apart from the other mental health professions? In many cases, the lines between the different helping professions can be blurry, causing even counselors themselves to debate the correct answers to that question. But one truly distinguishing feature of the counseling profession is its roots in career development, says Spencer Niles, distinguished professor…continue reading

The recipe for truly great counseling

Compiled by Lynne Shallcross December 1, 2012

If that headline caught your attention and you found yourself wondering, what does make a truly great counselor, you are not alone. In fact, many of today’s leading counselors say it pays to never stop asking — and trying to answer — that very question. No matter where they are in their professional journeys, counselors…continue reading