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20/20 organizations endorse licensure title, scope of practice for counseling profession

Counseling Today October 30, 2014

The 20/20 Building Blocks to Portability Project recently concluded with widespread endorsement of both a single licensure title for counselors and a scope of practice for professional counseling. Of the participating organizations that voted, 28 of 29 endorsed the licensure title of Licensed Professional Counselor, and 27 of 29 endorsed the scope of practice (read…continue reading

Unethical supervision practices and student vulnerability

By Vanessa Dahn October 22, 2014

During my practicum and internship in a private practice several years ago, I remember often looking up on the wall at the doctorate degree diploma hanging beside my supervisor’s desk. (I’ll refer to this supervisor as Dr. S.) Something about its design didn’t seem right, but I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly seemed…continue reading

Through a Glass Darkly: Unequal opportunity and invisible scholars

By Shannon Hodges October 20, 2014

One of the criticisms I have noted during my regular overseas travels is that a number of cultures view Americans as overly idealistic. A steady diet of fairy tale conclusions, Hollywood films and “reality” TV seem to set many Americans up for serial disappointment. I’ve lost track of the number of times a student, a…continue reading

Voice of authority

By Robin Switzer October 16, 2014

As a counselor and counselor educator, I am often pondering the recent trend of developing professional identity and what that means in applicable terms. Professional identity development has been heralded as involvement in professional organizations, legislation, mentoring, continuing education and supervision. These are effective ways to develop your own personal identity as a counselor, but…continue reading

Pass the popcorn: Counseling in the movies

Counseling Today October 13, 2014

Every once in awhile, a movie comes along that really seems to “get it,” portraying mental health struggles or the counselor-client relationship in an authentic, meaningful way. For Ryan Thomas Neace, that movie is Good Will Hunting. The 1997 film portrays the back-and-forth between a therapist, played by Robin Williams, and client, played by Matt…continue reading