Group process from a diversity lens

By Lee Mun Wah April 1, 2014

At the 2012 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Lee Mun Wah presented an education session titled “Let’s Get Real About Racism: Cultural Competency for Counselors.” The session was described this way: “Through guided questions, we will examine some of the fears and stereotypes that prevent us from having truly open, authentic conversations.…continue reading

Working through the hurt

By Bethany Bray March 25, 2014

More than one-third of U.S. women (35.6 percent) and more than one-quarter of U.S. men (28.5 percent) have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to a recent survey by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Those statistics suggest that counselors of all specialties, from school…continue reading

The art and craft of psychobiography

By Joseph G. Ponterotto February 27, 2014

“There is something a little mesmerizing about locating mysteries in people’s lives, then fleshing these mysteries out and, finally, shedding what intensity of light one can on them.”   The quote above is from William Todd Schultz, noted psychobiographer of Truman Capote (among others) and editor of theHandbook of Psychobiography, published in 2005 by Oxford University…continue reading

Getting to know you

Stacy Notaras Murphy February 25, 2014

One of the common reasons people start counseling is because they want to know themselves better. The time required to achieve this self-understanding varies, but some counselors make helping clients get a clearer picture of their personalities the first order of business. Many of these counselors find that certain personality assessment tools and techniques offer…continue reading

A game plan for life

By Clare Lochary January 24, 2014

Athletes experience the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and everything else that comes between the highs and lows of competition. Sometimes, though, they need help managing the accompanying feelings, which is one reason sports counseling has become a growing specialty. Unlike sports psychology, which focuses primarily on game-time performance, sports counselors take a more…continue reading