Opinion

Sex offender therapy: A battle on multiple fronts

By Michael Hubbard March 31, 2014

Working with individuals with sex offense convictions is a specialized area of counseling. There are also “specialties within the specialty” when factoring in the different venues for treatment, including programs in prison, in private practice (often with those on postprison supervision or probation) and in mental institutions. The individuals within this population are generally quite…continue reading

Counselors and the clinical staging model

By Allen E. Ivey and Mary Bradford Ivey February 28, 2014

Counseling is a preventive profession, typically working with issues and challenges that our clients face daily. However, client concerns often exist at deeper levels, and counseling process often shades into therapy. As counselors, you regularly encounter children and youth who may be at risk. Whether with a medicated child who has been deemed as having…continue reading

The ethics of experiential activities for presentations

Rebecca A. Willow & David Tobin October 1, 2013

Professional development is a career-long requirement for counselors. As professional counselors and counselor educators, we have attended or presented at numerous conferences and skills-training workshops over the course of several decades. This range of experiences has allowed us to observe that presenters frequently infuse experiential exercises into their presentations. In most instances, presentations have included…continue reading

Counseling the highly creative population

Olga Gonithellis September 1, 2013

Maybe it’s because I live in New York, a city that offers daily encounters with artists from all walks of life, or perhaps it’s because I have years of songwriting and performing experience myself. Regardless of the reason, I have often sought out (mostly unsuccessfully) clinical research or counseling practices focused on the “creative population.”…continue reading

What you don’t know could hurt your practice and your clients

Elaine Johnson, Larry Epp, Courtenay Culp, Midge Williams & David McAllister July 1, 2013

Are you a mental health counselor? If so, you may be only vaguely aware of the ways in which CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)-only language in hiring, credentialing and reimbursement policies could impact your practice. As practicing mental health counselors and board members of the Maryland and Massachusetts chapters of the…continue reading