Opinion

The stigma of mental illness and the noble savage myth

By Jonathan Schildbach and Jeffrey T. Guterman May 29, 2014

Despite the seemingly widespread understanding that mental illness is a disease that can be effectively treated, prejudice toward individuals with mental health issues still pervades our society. People with such conditions are often depicted as undesirable and incapable of maintaining meaningful personal relationships or holding positions of authority. Organizations such as the National Alliance on…continue reading

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