Stepping into recovery

“At the heart of my work is the aim of being present with another person so that they can learn to be emotionally present themselves.”

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Counseling Connoisseur: Thanatechnology – Grief and loss in a digital world

Technology has can provide ways to remember and mourn, such as creating online memorials, seeking distant or virtual grief counseling and connecting with family, friends and even strangers without geographical limitations. It erases time and distance and allows for virtual experiences and expressions that promote a narrative that lives forever.

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Technology Tutor: Why counselors need to understand health information exchange

“As the world becomes further steeped in technology, it is important that counselors keep up. This will allow us not only to keep pace as providers and businesspeople but also to better serve our clients.”

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It’s not about ‘clean’: Dismantling the language of HIV stigma

Counselors who inadvertently use stigmatizing language in reference to HIV and AIDS risk harming clients by reinforcing barriers to both physical and mental health care.

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Self-care for the activist counselor

Counselors who advocate for social change are hard-wired to serve, but they cannot continue to serve well unless they are diligent in practicing good self-care strategies.

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Integrated interventions

W hen people think about integrated care, they may imagine a mental health care professional (or two) working in the same building with a physician or other medical professional and following a mutual agreement to refer cases to one another as needed. Others might picture a specialized setting, such as a pain clinic or cancer treatment…continue reading

Features

Guiding lights

Counselor supervision is a rite of passage for professional counselors. Although supervision requirements vary from state to state, the crux of the experience — learning that is based in a relationship between a beginning counselor and an experienced practitioner — is universal. As is the case for any relationship to remain healthy and beneficial, the…continue reading

Online Exclusives

Stepping into recovery

After many years of working as an accountant, I decided to enter counseling as a profession in my “retirement” years. After four years in graduate school, including two years of clinical work at an addictions recovery center, I began my new professional career this past January. Here is how it began.   *****   It…continue reading

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Behind closed doors

Few topics are more controversial or downright uncomfortable to talk about than sex and sexuality. It seems we could examine any period of time in human history and find a number of social values and ideas related to sexual behavior, all of which might be discussed with some nuanced language or slang of the time.…continue reading

Member Insights

Self-care for the activist counselor

An activist is a person who campaigns and takes action for social change. Counselors are often activists for their clients and for their profession by nature of being in a helping field. The issue of self-care looms for both counselor practitioners and counselor educators as we face difficult client issues, large caseloads and demanding work…continue reading