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Raising public awareness of the counseling profession

By Bailey P. MacLeod and James W. McMullen December 8, 2016

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals.” — Consensus definition of counseling developed and approved through 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling   Renaldo sits at home dreading when the next panic attack will hit him. It has happened…continue reading

Wellness matters

By Ashley J. Blount, Glenn W. Lambie and Daniel B. Kissinger November 2, 2016

The concept of wellness can be found across history, from ancient civilizations through the foundational tenets and ethical codes of contemporary counseling and allied mental health and medical disciplines. Counseling professionals in particular have embraced a holistic, wellness-oriented approach that contrasts with traditional medical/illness models, and many of our theoretical approaches have adopted health-enhancing, prevention-oriented…continue reading

Establishing a professional international counseling identity

By Karena J. Heyward and Eleni Maria Honderich October 4, 2016

The counseling profession continues to grow and develop at both the national and international levels. Yet compared with psychology and other health professions, counseling might be considered to be in its adolescent years of development. The psychology profession is well-established, enjoying worldwide recognition. At the same time, many people outside of our profession of counseling…continue reading

A systemic perspective for working with same-sex parents

By Amanda C. DeDiego September 28, 2016

According to census data, there were roughly 125,000 same-sex couples raising approximately 220,000 children in the United States in 2010. Since that time, increasing numbers of same-sex couples have declared committed partnerships, capturing the attention of policymakers and bringing the issue of legal recognition of same-sex partnerships to the forefront of politics. In 2015, the U.S.…continue reading

Counseling survivors of sexual assault

By Brooke Bagley and Joel Diambra August 26, 2016

My journey (Brooke Bagley) of developing a five-phase model of counseling began in 2013 as I was completing my master’s-level graduate program and transitioning into a therapy position at a local area sexual assault center where I had worked since 2010. For the past three-plus years, I have listened to horrific stories, learned to establish…continue reading