Monthly Archives: July 2012

Quick hits for July 20: Interesting reads for counselors from around the Internet

Heather Rudow July 20, 2012

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  • Researchers found that high-functioning adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder have reduced connectivity in parts of their brain that affect social behavior.
  • A blogger examines how a person’s socioeconomic status affects the value that he or she places on personal choice.
  • Low-income mothers are more likely to be classified with an anxiety disorder due to living in poverty, not because of mental illness.
  • Sleep deprivation after a traumatic event may reduce the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.

Quick hits for July 19: Interesting reads for counselors from around the Internet

Heather Rudow July 19, 2012

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  • An increase in child abuse could be linked to an increase in home foreclosures.
  • Women with higher job strain are 67 percent more likely to experience a heart attack than women with low strain at their jobs.
  • Researchers are looking into the use of mindfulness techniques such as meditation to help student nurses cope with stress.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is trying to bridge the gap between local public mental health systems and military and Veterans Administration systems through their Policy Academy program.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.

Counseling Today wins four awards for writing, design

July 18, 2012

The Counseling Today staff recently received word that it has won a total of four awards in two separate national publications contests.

Senior writer Lynne Shallcross’ article, “A day that changed a nation and a profession,” earned honors both in the APEX (Awards for Publication Excellence) 2012 competition and the 2012 Magnum Opus Awards. Her article, which appeared in the September 2011 issue of Counseling Today, looked at how lessons that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11 have influenced the direction of the counseling profession over the past decade. The article received an APEX award for news writing as well an honorable mention award for best news story in a print magazine from Magnum Opus.

Graphic designer Carlos Soto took home an APEX award for his cover design of the March 2012 issue of Counseling Today. The cover design illustrated the theme of that month’s main feature story, “What the future holds for the counseling profession.”

Editor-in-chief Jonathan Rollins received an APEX award in the health and medical writing category for his February 2012 feature article, “The transformative power of trauma,” which examined how the still-emerging concept of posttraumatic growth aligns with counselors’ focus on clients’ strengths, wellness and capacity for positive change.

Counseling Today has received 29 awards recognizing exceptional writing and design in national publications contests since 2005.

The 24th Annual APEX awards, sponsored by Communications Concepts Inc., recognize excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. Close to 3,400 entries were received for judging in 11 major categories and 130 subcategories.

The Ninth Annual Magnum Opus Awards, presented by Content Marketing Institute and BeContentWise.com, recognize communication professionals who make a strategic impact with their work. More than 500 entries were considered in determining award recipients.

Quick hits for July 18: Interesting reads for counselors from around the Internet

Heather Rudow

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  • Gender stereotypes can lead women in the science field to quit their jobs.
  • Asian-Americans rarely report instances of domestic violence to law enforcement or seek care from health providers.
  • Spending time on self-reflection can yield positive results to one’s development and well-being.
  • All new moms should be screened for postpartum depression, say researchers.
  • Children with disabilities are nearly four times more likely to experience physical and sexual abuse than other children.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.

Quick hits for July 16: Interesting reads for counselors from around the Internet

Heather Rudow July 16, 2012

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  • Researchers developed a new tool to help profile school bullies, and identified risk factors for predicting later aggression in the child participants. These risk factors include violence in the media, low parental involvement and physical victimization.
  • A panel of experts is recommending that the Department of Defense better expand access to its services for post-traumatic stress disorder to people in rural areas, the National Guard or Reserves and combat zones.
  • Researchers found a Chicago counseling and mentoring program to be successful in reducing violent crime arrests among participating youths and also improving their engagement at school.
  • Adults 50 and older were found less likely to struggle with depression if they used the internet for social purposes.
  • Loving yourself can yield positive mental health outcomes, recent studies suggest.
  • Mental health issues have become a central focus point in today’s political landscape.

Heather Rudow is a staff writer for Counseling Today. Email her at hrudow@counseling.org.