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Parents are part of a school, too

By Bethany Bray August 22, 2016

A school counselor’s first and foremost focus should – of course – be their students. However, to maintain a healthy, safe and resilient school community, school counselors need to include parents in the equation. Counseling Today spoke with several counselors who have experience in school settings for an upcoming article on school safety. They offer…continue reading

ACA endorses animal-assisted therapy competencies

By Bethany Bray August 15, 2016

Animal-assisted therapy involves much more than helping professionals bringing a pet to work with them or having an “office mascot,” says Amy Johnson, a contributor to the new Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling Competencies. The competencies were developed in collaboration with the American Counseling Association’s Animal-Assisted Therapy in Mental Health Interest Network. “We’re seeing teachers and…continue reading

The Counseling Connoisseur: Zen and the Art of Home Improvement: Learning to ACT

By Cheryl Fisher July 24, 2016

“When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.” ― Donna Quesada, Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers   I recently took on several home improvement projects. With a contractor hired, my home became a construction site for…continue reading