Understanding elder financial abuse

At least 1 in 10 elders report some form of abuse. The most prevalent form of elder abuse is financial in nature, eclipsing both elder emotional abuse and elder neglect.


The selfish act of forgiving

By engaging in forgiveness work, counselors can help empower clients to move past the anger and hurt that may be holding them hostage.


Becoming shameless

The underlying presence of shame is a crucial component in many of the issues that bring clients to counseling — and addressing it is perhaps key to inviting healing.


Nonprofit News: Is international certification right for you?

International credentialing may not be for everyone, but for some of us, it can be well worth the fees and time invested. So sit back, close your eyes and imagine in what country you could see yourself in the future.

Who knows? You just may change your life.


Behind the Book: Counseling Research: A Practitioner-Scholar Approach

The co-authors of a new ACA book assert that professional counselors, as “practitioner-scholars,” are well-suited to produce client-centered research.


Cover Stories

Becoming shameless

You should be ashamed of yourself.” How many of us have heard — or perhaps even used — that phrase? Being on the receiving end of such a pronouncement is never pleasant. More important, experts firmly believe that attempting to wield shame as an instrument of change is both ineffective and harmful. In fact, many…continue reading


The self ish act of forgiving

A rabbi, returning home on a train, sat near a group of salesmen who were playing cards. Absorbed as he was in meditation, the rabbi refused to join the card game. One of the salesmen, annoyed by the rabbi’s aloofness but unaware of who he was, pushed the rabbi out of the compartment. Upon reaching their destination,…continue reading

Technology Tutor: Ethical and legal considerations of counseling tech

Last year, I interviewed a counselor who had been conducting text counseling via the Talkspace service (see ct.counseling.org/2016/06/technology-tutor/). Not long after this, two articles were published that brought some of the legalities and ethics of the Talkspace model into question (see bit.ly/ForbesTS and bit.ly/TSVerge). Given the continued growth of telehealth services, it seems a good…continue reading

Facing the fear of incompetence

When Karena Heyward and Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett were enrolled in graduate school together at the College of William & Mary, they agreed to split the cost of a hotel room while attending the American Counseling Association’s annual conference. The two counselors didn’t know each other very well, but over the course of the weekend they found…continue reading

Online Exclusives

Understanding elder financial abuse

  “All forms of elder abuse are acts of violence” — Margaret Hudson (1991)   *****   With the aging of the baby boomers and advances in medicine and technology, more people are living into old age, and more elders are experiencing abuse. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, at least 1 in…continue reading

Knowledge Share

Mental health implications of undocumented immigrant status

The phrase undocumented immigrant, or its less charitable counterpart, illegal alien, tends to cause a stir in the media. The focus is on the paperwork, the lack of permission or legal status to be in the United States. However, for counselors to work effectively with this population, it is helpful to spend some time considering…continue reading

Helping children and families address and prevent sibling abuse

Counselors play a fundamental role in the well-being of children and adolescents, including serving as advocates against abuse. We are trained to assess and intervene if clients are experiencing sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect. Children are a particularly vulnerable population given their size, power status and general lack of knowledge about how to…continue reading

Member Insights

A counselor’s journey back from burnout

I do not want to get out of bed, so I press snooze on my alarm again. I feel nauseated and think about calling in sick. Finally, I drag myself out of bed and take my time getting dressed for work. I leave my house reluctantly. On the drive to work, I find myself wishing that…continue reading

The case for including animals in counselors’ duty to report

This past year, the American Counseling Association Governing Council endorsed formal competencies for the practice of animal-assisted therapy in counseling. The authors of the standards, and the coordinators of ACA’s Animal-Assisted Therapy in Mental Health Interest Network, contend that the competencies (available at counseling.org/knowledge-center/competencies) represent a key step forward in both the protection of clients…continue reading