From the President: Childhood development through a songwriter ’s lens
“Let Go and Have a Little Fun” — Lele Rose A year of shutdown finally brings May flowers. When I heard that every adult in the U.S. should be able to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by May, I realized the keys to life outside of our homes would soon unlock doors that have been...continue reading The post From the President: Childhood development through a songwriter’s lens appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 30, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sue Pressman Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: The importance of professional counselors: Way more than a job
As a society, we have much to learn. As a profession, counselors have much to do. The path involves the following: question, discuss, reflect, counsel, grow. If this can be done with patience, respect, grace and openness, I think the importance and influence of the counseling profession will continue to flourish. The post CEO’s Message: The importance of professional counselors: Way more than a job appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 30, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: We are all writers
Words are carefully chosen, and my movements, facial expressions and use of silence in counseling sessions are my punctuation. If you aren’t doing something similar, you should be. The post Voice of Experience: We are all writers appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 29, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Voice of Experience Source Type: research

Pandemic telehealth: What have we learned?
Many counselors have changed their perspective on telehealth after a year spent interacting with clients via video, but that doesn’t mean a return to in-person sessions will be any less welcome. The post Pandemic telehealth: What have we learned? appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 27, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Features Coronavirus Professional Issues Technology Source Type: research

‘Color of Money’ columnist offers counselors tips for financial health
Financial expert Michelle Singletary advises ACA’s Virtual Conference Experience audience on steps to take to improve their financial health and attitude toward money. The post ‘Color of Money’ columnist offers counselors tips for financial health appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 26, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Source Type: research

Feeling the strain: The effects of COVID-19 on children and adolescents
Counselors are trying to help young clients who may not know how to talk about or even recognize the myriad ways the pandemic is affecting them. The post Feeling the strain: The effects of COVID-19 on children and adolescents appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 23, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Children & Adolescents Coronavirus parenting School Counseling school counselors audience Source Type: research

The future of telehealth: Looking ahead
Will counseling clients via video remain a viable option for practitioners as pandemic restrictions lessen and many return to in-person office settings? The post The future of telehealth: Looking ahead appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 22, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Professional Issues Technology Source Type: research

A time to make dreams come true
"It is not that I need to wear a sign around my neck reading 'Bipolar II right here,' announcing it to every stranger I meet, but do I want to live in a world where, if that was my choosing, I could do so without being judged or shamed into the darkness." The post A time to make dreams come true appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 21, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Caitlin C. Regan Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives bipolar stigma Source Type: research

Bassey Ikpi shares her gradual journey toward a healthy relationship with therapy
The acclaimed writer and spoken word poet tells an ACA Virtual Conference Experience audience why reducing the stigma surrounding mental health diagnosis and treatment has become part of her life’s mission. The post Bassey Ikpi shares her gradual journey toward a healthy relationship with therapy appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 19, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives American Counseling Association bipolar stigma Source Type: research

Counselors weigh in on weighted blankets
Do weighted blankets, often touted as a way to ease stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and other troubles, really help? Professional counselors share their thoughts. The post Counselors weigh in on weighted blankets appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 16, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Compiled by Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives ADHD Children & Adolescents sleep stress & anxiety Source Type: research

COVID-19 and the ‘casino effect’
Staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic has many parallels to the numbing, timeless experience of being on a casino floor. If recognized, we might use these observations to inform our understanding of some of the mental health pitfalls that our clients are currently experiencing. The post COVID-19 and the ‘casino effect’ appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 15, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Todd Monger Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Shelter in place stress & anxiety Source Type: research

The intersection of childhood trauma and addiction
In being aware of the vulnerability to addiction for those affected by adverse childhood experiences, professional counselors can play a pivotal role in prevention and early intervention. The post The intersection of childhood trauma and addiction appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 13, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Shannon Karl Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share Substance dependence and addictions trauma Source Type: research

Incorporating interprofessional education and practice in counselor development
A growing need exists to ensure that future counselors possess the skills and mindset required to easily transition to working as part of interdisciplinary teams. The post Incorporating interprofessional education and practice in counselor development appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 13, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: by Judy Schmidt Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Counselor Educators Audience interdisciplinary Source Type: research

Yalom discusses power of therapeutic relationships at ACA Virtual Conference Experience
The renowned psychiatrist and author says he finds new meaning in the power of existential therapy and relational connection after the death of his wife. The post Yalom discusses power of therapeutic relationships at ACA Virtual Conference Experience appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 12, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Yalom Source Type: research

Money on the mind
Financial therapists tackle one of Americans’ top sources of stress by helping clients conquer their monetary demons. The post Money on the mind appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 7, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Features Counselors Audience shame stress & anxiety Source Type: research

Opening keynote underscores a holistic approach to self-care
ACA kicked off its 2021 Virtual Conference Experience with a keynote panel on counselor self-care. The post Opening keynote underscores a holistic approach to self-care appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 5, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Counselor Wellness Self-care Source Type: research

Yoga-informed self-care strategies to help counselors avoid burnout
Yoga-informed self-care strategies give counselors the tools they need to avoid burnout and thrive for years to come. The post Yoga-informed self-care strategies to help counselors avoid burnout appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 5, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Olivia Schnur Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Counselor Wellness Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: Honoring and celebrating professional counselors
If there were ever a time when our communities, nation and world needed the amazing work of professional counselors, it is now. The post CEO’s Message: Honoring and celebrating professional counselors appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 1, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

From the President: A perfect time to advocate for counseling
Professional counselors possess a multitude of skills. We are practitioners, educators, business owners, executives, writers, authors and researchers. We observe, measure/assess, question, adapt and a whole lot more. The post From the President: A perfect time to advocate for counseling appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 1, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sue Pressman Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

Starting a counseling career in the time of COVID-19
Landing that first job after graduation is rarely without challenges, but what happens when the beginning of your counseling career coincides with a global pandemic? The post Starting a counseling career in the time of COVID-19 appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 30, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features Coronavirus counselor supervision Professional Issues Students Audience (Grad/post-grad) Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Spokes of a wheel: A lesson in physics
Our ability to cope with stress, frustrations, anger, relationship problems and grief — all magnified by the pandemic — is based on multiple strategies working together. The more the load is shared, the better. The post Voice of Experience: Spokes of a wheel: A lesson in physics appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 29, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Self-care Voice of Experience Source Type: research

Finding balance in counseling private practice
Counselors who enter private practice often find themselves confronting the push and pull between their desire to provide empathic, client-focused care and the need to turn a profit. The post Finding balance in counseling private practice appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 25, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories empathy Private Practice Management Professional Issues Students Audience (Grad/post-grad) Source Type: research

Pro bono counseling: How to make it work
Counseling clients for a reduced fee or for free – pro bono – in a private practice setting comes with some ethical caveats. The post Pro bono counseling: How to make it work appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 24, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Ethics & Legal Issues Private Practice Management Professional Issues Source Type: research

Counseling Connoisseur: Navigating the losses of COVID-19
The truth is that even when it is safe to resume previous activities, it will never be the same. It can’t be. Too much has happened. The post Counseling Connoisseur: Navigating the losses of COVID-19 appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 22, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Cheryl Fisher Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Counseling Connoisseur Shelter in place Source Type: research

Loving what may sting: In literature and in therapy
Counselors, what's on your bookshelf? The good books you read offer the same opportunity as therapy does: to connect with your emotions and your humanity. The post Loving what may sting: In literature and in therapy appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 15, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Johanna Bond Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives therapy Source Type: research

Enhancing the genogram to incorporate a narrative perspective
A merging of chronology and genogram pushes clients toward rich insights regarding the identity of key moments in their lives and the reasons behind them. The post Enhancing the genogram to incorporate a narrative perspective appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 11, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Les Gura Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Counselors Audience narrative therapy Source Type: research

Five regrets of the counselor
It is important for counselors to stop and consider whether their perspectives and patterns are forging paths of regret or paths of health and healing. The post Five regrets of the counselor appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 8, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Whitney Norris Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Counselors Audience Professional Issues self-discovery Students Audience (Grad/post-grad) Source Type: research

Master conflict therapy as a critical component of couples and sex therapy
Master conflict therapy provides counselors with an effective framework for going deeper with couples who present with a wide variety of relational and sexual problems. The post Master conflict therapy as a critical component of couples and sex therapy appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 4, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Heather Davidson Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share Couples relationships Sexual Wellness Source Type: research

How COVID-19 is affecting our fears, phobias and anxieties
The pandemic has given rise to some very specific worries that threaten to exert control over clients’ thoughts and behaviors, leaving counselors to rethink how they approach treatment. The post How COVID-19 is affecting our fears, phobias and anxieties appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 2, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features Coronavirus exposure OCD stress & anxiety Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: Counseling in a post-traditional world
We have entered a new environment, one in which we will still depend on our life experiences but also need to embrace how we will operate with those whom we interact. For counselors, this encompasses clients and students who have been affected and shaped by the pandemic. The post CEO’s Message: Counseling in a post-traditional world appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 1, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

From the President: An expanded formula for life and career happiness
As we look toward planning the next phase of our lives in a post-pandemic world, it seems to me it will be important to take a holistic approach that considers the emotional, social, physical, economic and spiritual values of one’s life, coupled with work and leisure activities. In doing so, a convergence or intersectionality occurs. The post From the President: An expanded formula for life and career happiness appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 1, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sue Pressman Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

Working our way through a pandemic
COVID-19 has largely redefined where people work, how people work and the workplace challenges that confront employees as they try to make ends meet. The post Working our way through a pandemic appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 25, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Features Career & Employment Counseling Coronavirus parenting workplace stress Source Type: research

Counseling outside the box
Counselors are always looking for creative and inviting ways to better connect with clients, explore emotions, encourage new insights and reflections, and spur personal growth and development. The post Counseling outside the box appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 25, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories cinematherapy Counselors Audience Creativity therapeutic alliance Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Managing requests for client information
Without experience, it might be easy to be intimidated by police, angry parents or clever attorneys. But you cannot be arrested (as I was threatened on one occasion) for following counseling ethics and HIPAA requirements regarding client information. In fact, you will likely be in greater trouble if you concede to these “requests” and thus violate our code of ethics. The post Voice of Experience: Managing requests for client information appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 23, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Ethics & Legal Issues Private Practice Management Voice of Experience Source Type: research

Online role-playing games as group therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic
Role-playing games have long been an effective group therapeutic modality, but creating a shared imaginary world presents unique opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are unable to safely convene in person. The post Online role-playing games as group therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 18, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Per Eisenman and Ally Bernstein Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Creativity Group Work social anxiety teenager Source Type: research

Counseling Connoisseur: Hope in action and mental health
As we forge ahead, recovery from the trauma of COVID-19 will take time, patience and work. Yet, there are signs of change. Glimmers of hope. Flickers of light from the shards of a very broken year. The post Counseling Connoisseur: Hope in action and mental health appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 16, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Cheryl Fisher Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Counseling Connoisseur Source Type: research

Delivering difficult news: From adults to future adults
By not telling children about an event, we risk the likelihood of them hearing false information from someone else or finding out about it in an uncontrolled way. The post Delivering difficult news: From adults to future adults appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 10, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Kelsey Mora Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Children & Adolescents parenting Source Type: research

Exploring class privilege in counselor education
Even as economic disparities have widened, issues of class privilege have gone largely unaddressed in counseling programs, creating real barriers for entry into the profession for all but the most economically privileged. The post Exploring class privilege in counselor education appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 9, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Cynthia Miller, Frankie Fachilla and Jennifer Greene-Rooks Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share Counselor Education & Supervision Counselor Educators Audience Source Type: research

Addressing the invisibility of Arab American issues in higher education
To establish culturally responsive care, counselors must consider both the macro-level political stress that is causing these students harm and the micro-level challenges that affect their psychological well-being. The post Addressing the invisibility of Arab American issues in higher education appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 5, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Souzan Naser Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share College Counseling immigration Multiculturalism & Diversity Source Type: research

Wanted: Bilingual and bicultural counselors
Despite its emphasis on cultural competency, the counseling profession faces a daunting challenge in trying to meet the fast-growing demand for bilingual and bicultural services. The post Wanted: Bilingual and bicultural counselors appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 3, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features immigration Multiculturalism & Diversity multiracial Source Type: research

No rest for the bullied
The pandemic — and a frayed political climate — have been at the center of various instances of workplace bullying. The post No rest for the bullied appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 1, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Career & Employment Counseling Coronavirus workplace stress Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: Certainty is not guaranteed
"While 2020 was the year of surprises, 2021 will be a year of uncertainty. In fact, I think the only certainty this year is knowing that it will be filled with uncertainty." The post CEO’s Message: Certainty is not guaranteed appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 1, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

From the President: The healthy workplace
The intersectionality of career and employment counseling with mental wellness has never been clearer. As we look over the themes that are applicable to the workplace, most if not all of them can be applied in any counseling setting. The post From the President: The healthy workplace appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 1, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sue Pressman Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

Gone but not missed: When grief is complex
Clients still need to process the death of a person with whom they had a rocky, toxic or strained relationship, even if they don’t express feelings of sadness or recognize the death as a true loss. The post Gone but not missed: When grief is complex appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - January 27, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Features disenfranchised grief Grief and Loss relationships Source Type: research

Far away, so close: Negotiating relationships during COVID-19
Counselors are helping couples and families survive working, learning, playing and coexisting in their chaotically busy homes, where privacy is virtually nonexistent and conflict is easily flared. The post Far away, so close: Negotiating relationships during COVID-19 appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - January 26, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Coronavirus Couples Family parenting women Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Violations of trust
"An ethical 'oopsie' that violates trust might never be known to anyone else. But then again, it might. Even the slightest breach might damage a client’s trust to the point that they will never seek counseling again. And that, my dear colleagues, is unforgivable." The post Voice of Experience: Violations of trust appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - January 19, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives therapeutic alliance Voice of Experience Source Type: research

Using the ‘tap in dedication’ technique
A technique adapted from the world of theater may offer counselors a helpful way to deal with sensitive subjects, remain present and engaged with clients, and still leave work at the door at the end of each day. The post Using the ‘tap in dedication’ technique appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - January 13, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Nicholas Salazar Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Counselor Wellness Professional Issues Source Type: research

‘But my clients don’t get eating disorders’
Even if they don’t specialize in eating disorders treatment, counselors need to be aware of common dilemmas related to clients who struggle with eating, weight and body image. The post ‘But my clients don’t get eating disorders’ appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - January 11, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laura H. Choate Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights body image Eating Disorders multidisciplinary Source Type: research

The darker side of sleep
For many people, getting a good night’s sleep could depend on the identification and treatment of trauma-induced insomnia. The post The darker side of sleep appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - January 6, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By David Engstrom Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share sleep trauma Source Type: research

The forces that could shape counseling ’s future
Forty diverse counselors give consideration to what might pose the most significant change, challenge or opportunity to the profession over the next decade. The post The forces that could shape counseling’s future appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - January 5, 2021 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Compiled by Jonathan Rollins Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Counselors Audience Professional Issues Source Type: research