From Combat to Counseling: Service members, veterans and military family mental health
There are not enough veterans in the counseling career field serving others in the military population. At the same time, that truth does not minimize the need for mental health counseling for the military population. The post From Combat to Counseling: Service members, veterans and military family mental health appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Duane France Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives veterans Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Giving away power
"He had no reason to trust me. If I had been in his shoes, I wouldn’t have trusted me either." The post Voice of Experience: Giving away power appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives resistant clients therapeutic alliance Voice of Experience Source Type: research

The pretend professional
Impostor syndrome — and the sense of self-doubt, insecurity and inadequacy that accompany it — isn’t a stranger to most counseling professionals, and that’s ultimately good news. The post The pretend professional appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 9, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Jamie McNally Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Professional Issues Students Audience Source Type: research

Caring vs. carrying: A therapeutic review of empathy and boundaries
Empathy allows for the full and complete exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, with no intent to short-circuit the process simply because we cannot tolerate someone else’s pain. The post Caring vs. carrying: A therapeutic review of empathy and boundaries appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laura Sladky Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives empathy Professional Issues therapeutic alliance therapy Source Type: research

Facilitating support groups for caregivers
Professional counselors possess the skills to mold groups that offer caregivers a safe place to voice their strong feelings and stressful experiences while receiving authentic empathic understanding in return. The post Facilitating support groups for caregivers appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Brooke B. Collison Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share caretaking chronic illness Group Work Source Type: research

From the President: What is your mission?
Greetings! Although it is July, we are kicking off a new fiscal year at the American Counseling Association and transitioning leadership roles. I am excited to begin my term as president. I want to extend my appreciation to immediate past President Simone Lambert and acknowledge all of her contributions to our association this past year....continue reading The post From the President: What is your mission? appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Heather Trepal Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: Welcoming new leadership and issuing a call to action
Each July, the American Counseling Association welcomes many new and returning volunteers to its ranks. As we begin a new program year, I am so pleased that ACA President Heather Trepal will be leading our Governing Council and serving as the profession’s primary spokesperson. Dr. Trepal has distinguished herself as a scholar, mentor and advocate....continue reading The post CEO’s Message: Welcoming new leadership and issuing a call to action appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

Counseling Connoisseur: Revisiting the Spoon Theory
Counselors can assist clients and families who are impacted by chronic illness by validating their experiences, providing psychoeducation, and stepping up to advocate on local, regional and national levels. The post Counseling Connoisseur: Revisiting the Spoon Theory appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Cheryl Fisher Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives chronic illness Counseling Connoisseur Source Type: research

A passion for the profession
Heather Trepal didn’t initially set out to become a counselor, but as she takes the reins as ACA’s 68th president, no one questions her drive and desire to advocate for the profession she grew to love. The post A passion for the profession appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - July 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Features American Counseling Association Source Type: research

Relieving the heavy burden of survivor guilt
Rather than feeling lucky to be alive, those left behind after large-scale traumatic events or the unexpected death of a loved one are often burdened with questions about what they could have done differently or why they survived while others perished. The post Relieving the heavy burden of survivor guilt appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 27, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features Grief Trauma and Disaster Source Type: research

Addressing intimate partner violence with clients
Professional clinical counselors are charged with learning how to spot red flags and then carefully respond to a complicated and emotionally charged issue that is present in an uncomfortably large percentage of intimate relationships. The post Addressing intimate partner violence with clients appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Couples domestic violence sexual abuse shame trauma Source Type: research

Doing the groundwork after a large-scale traumatic event
With the rising number of catastrophic events, counselors should prepare now to ensure they are ready to help survivors move forward even in the face of resistance. The post Doing the groundwork after a large-scale traumatic event appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Trauma and Disaster Source Type: research

Coalson, Mifsud earn top marks for counseling essays
Jessica Coalson and Anabel Mifsud, both of the University of New Orleans, were named grand prizewinners for essays that they submitted to the ACA Future School Counselors Awards and the ACA Tomorrow’s Counselors Awards, respectively. The post Coalson, Mifsud earn top marks for counseling essays appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Students Audience Source Type: research

Using reality therapy to help military families
Counselors who work with military children must understand the unique stressors that these children face, but counselors also must be prepared to help meet these children’s needs in a short amount of time because their families move often. The post Using reality therapy to help military families appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Nicole M. Arcuri Sanders Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Children & Adolescents Military reality therapy school counselors audience Source Type: research

What does therapy mean to you?
Therapy is what counselor practitioners do – but it means something different to each professional. It’s a place for the client to heal, grow, be vulnerable, set goals, get to know themselves and many, many more things. The post What does therapy mean to you? appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 11, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Compiled by Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives therapy Source Type: research

Bringing evidence-based processes into the therapy room
A hospital-based outpatient mental health clinic shares its approach for closing the science-practice gap while moving beyond the era of prescriptive treatment protocols for specific disorders. The post Bringing evidence-based processes into the therapy room appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Boyd Eustace and John Donahue Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights cognitive behavioral therapy Counselors Audience Source Type: research

The miscommunication model and the WDEP system
A creative and cathartic drawing exercise that gives clients insights into the ways they miscommunicate can move couples past the blame game and toward stronger relationships. The post The miscommunication model and the WDEP system appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 4, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Barbara A. Mahaffey Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share Couples Marriage relationships Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Invisible people, Part 3: The homeless
Our clients who are homeless need transportation, food, clothing and jobs. I know that we aren’t social workers, but those who work with the homeless have to think pragmatically. The post Voice of Experience: Invisible people, Part 3: The homeless appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - June 3, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives homelessness Voice of Experience Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: Professional counselors lend a helping hand
I hope you will consider participating in ACA this year as a volunteer, as a conference attendee, or simply as an informed and educated member (because that is also quite powerful). The post CEO’s Message: Professional counselors lend a helping hand appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 31, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

From the president: A game-changing tool for counselors
Technology that is appropriately implemented could have an extensive positive impact, including increasing access to mental health services. The post From the president: A game-changing tool for counselors appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 31, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Simone Lambert Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

Stepping up to the challenge
Counselors can help stepfamilies normalize their struggles, navigate complex family dynamics, and work toward establishing a more cohesive, stable and supportive family environment. The post Stepping up to the challenge appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features Couples divorce Family family counseling Marriage Source Type: research

Healing from multiple personalities
Throughout our work, Angela would repeat to me, “I want to be one of your success stories.” Many times, she felt the way was too difficult, but as I continued to hold a safe place for her, she developed the courage to face her fears one by one, dismantling the entire structure of her constructed “personality” and reclaiming her original innocence and wholeness. The post Healing from multiple personalities appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 28, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Todd E. Pressman Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Counselors Audience dissociative identity disorder therapeutic alliance Source Type: research

Learning to love (or at least leverage) technology
Few people would describe the counseling profession’s relationship with technology as comfortable, but more of today’s professionals are beginning to embrace the possibilities and envision the ways it might supplement therapy. The post Learning to love (or at least leverage) technology appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Technology Source Type: research

Respecting the faith of clients and counselors
"It is one thing for us to challenge one another, hold each other accountable, and even heartily debate. It is another thing entirely to expect that any group of people should change their entire belief system or else not be included in the field." The post Respecting the faith of clients and counselors appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurel Shaler Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Opinion Professional Issues Spirituality and Religious Values Source Type: research

A script for socialization to the cognitive model
Although we may not be able to fix a stressor at hand, we do have the opportunity to access alternative thoughts. It is those alternative thoughts that kickstart the process of reduced distress, healthier behaviors, and the satisfying experience of more desirable results. The post A script for socialization to the cognitive model appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Brandon S. Ballantyne Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives cognitive behavioral therapy Counselors Audience Source Type: research

One school counselor per 455 students: Nationwide average improves
Across the U.S., there is an average of one school counselor for every 455 public K-12 students. However, Individual state ratios vary widely, ranging from 202-to-1 in Vermont to 905-to-1 in Arizona. The post One school counselor per 455 students: Nationwide average improves appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives School Counseling school counselors audience Source Type: research

Remembering Martin Buber and the I –Thou in counseling
In the search for empirically validated methods, are counselor researchers, educators and clinicians in danger of losing touch with what matters most in counseling? The post Remembering Martin Buber and the I–Thou in counseling appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Matthew Martin and Eric W. Cowan Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Counselors Audience research therapeutic alliance Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Invisible people, Part 2: The incarcerated
"They are numbers in a system, not names. And they are identified by their crimes by probation officers, future potential employers and others. I would hate to be identified by my mistakes rather than by my character." The post Voice of Experience: Invisible people, Part 2: The incarcerated appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 6, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Offenders Voice of Experience Source Type: research

Culturally competent end-of-life counseling
Helping clients experience peace as the end of life approaches involves understanding and processing the lived experiences and aspects of identity that have shaped them. The post Culturally competent end-of-life counseling appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Ashley C. Overman-Goldsmith Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Adult Development & Aging Counselors Audience end-of-life Human Development Across the Lifespan Multiculturalism & Diversity Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: The influence of one — multiplied by 52,000
"When the counseling profession comes together, many positive results are possible." The post CEO’s Message: The influence of one — multiplied by 52,000 appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

From the President: Doing our part to promote mental health
While prevention services are critical across the life span and in various settings, early identification and treatment of mental health issues can have a life-changing impact on our youth. Counselors can lead the way in mitigating risk factors and fostering resiliency. The post From the President: Doing our part to promote mental health appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Simone Lambert Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

Counseling Connoisseur: The Gift of Community for Counselors — An Interview with Thelma Duffey
Take the time to seek out a community that will ignite you and your clinical practice. It will not only inspire you-- it will also benefit your clients. The post Counseling Connoisseur: The Gift of Community for Counselors — An Interview with Thelma Duffey appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 30, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Cheryl Fisher Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Counseling Connoisseur Professional Issues Source Type: research

When yelling doesn ’t work
Counselors can come alongside parents to help them adjust their perspectives on the purposes of and approaches to the contentious topic of child discipline. The post When yelling doesn’t work appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features Multiculturalism & Diversity parenting Source Type: research

New maternal mental health certification available to counselors
Postpartum Support International’s new Certification in Perinatal Mental Health became available in August to counselors and other helping professionals. The post New maternal mental health certification available to counselors appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 25, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Counselors Audience parenting women Source Type: research

Grieving everyday losses
Counselors help clients recognize that grief is not reserved solely for big life events such as the loss of a partner, child or other family member, but also for ‘ordinary’ and sometimes societally unacknowledged losses. The post Grieving everyday losses appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 24, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories animal Counselors Audience disenfranchised grief Substance Abuse & Addictions Source Type: research

Behind the Book: Critical Incidents in School Counseling
A school counselor’s graduate degree and academic training serve only as a base for the continuous learning that happens on the job — in classrooms, via interactions with students, via collaboration with colleagues, and through professional development. The post Behind the Book: Critical Incidents in School Counseling appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Compiled by Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives School Counseling Students Audience Source Type: research

@TechCounselor: Retaking ownership of your time
"I don’t know about you, but I want to have greater ownership over my calendar rather than allowing my calendar to have ownership over me." The post @TechCounselor: Retaking ownership of your time appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Adria S. Dunbar Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives @TechCounselor Professional Issues Source Type: research

Five points of discussion for conversations about racial injustice
Counselors can tap into their interpersonal skills to facilitate meaningful dialogue that invites others to engage rather than become defensive. The post Five points of discussion for conversations about racial injustice appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Amanda L. Giordano Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Multiculturalism & Diversity race Source Type: research

Should we talk about politics? What we are missing in counseling sessions
To work with immigrant and refugee populations more effectively, it is important to understand that discussing political issues with these clients can have a positive impact in their lives. The post Should we talk about politics? What we are missing in counseling sessions appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 8, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Cebrail Karayigit and Donna M. Nesbitt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives immigration Multiculturalism & Diversity Source Type: research

How can we truly help clients in a relationship?
In some cases, counselors may need to tweak their own ways of thinking before offering clients in a relationship alternative ways of relating to each other. The post How can we truly help clients in a relationship? appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 4, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Chris Warren-Dickins Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Couples Marriage relationships Source Type: research

Interventions for attachment and traumatic stress issues in young children
With their emphasis on human development, prevention, ecosystems and wellness, counselors are well-positioned to address the unique service needs of the pediatric population. The post Interventions for attachment and traumatic stress issues in young children appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 2, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Cirecie A. West-Olatunji, Jeff D. Wolfgang and Kimberly N. Frazier Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share attachment Children & Adolescents trauma Wellness Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: Counseling ’s voice louder with the support of others
To help students become the adults we want them to be, we need more professional school counselors. The post CEO’s Message: Counseling’s voice louder with the support of others appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

From the President: What it means to be a professional counselor
Being a professional counselor is an honor. It is a privilege to walk with clients and communities through difficult journeys of healing. The post From the President: What it means to be a professional counselor appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 1, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Simone Lambert Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

Inviting young people to talk about mental health
Keynote speaker Cynthia Germanotta tells ACA Conference attendees that today’s youth value mental health but don’t know where to turn for help. The post Inviting young people to talk about mental health appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 29, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Jonathan Rollins Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Mental Health teenager youth Source Type: research

Bundle of joy?
The arrival of a new baby is cause for celebration, but it also comes with night feedings, diaper changes and, often, a host of psychological stressors, from intense feelings of self-doubt to struggles with identity. The post Bundle of joy? appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 28, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Features parenting pregnancy women Source Type: research

Establishing a private practice
Counselors who dream of the freedom and autonomy they would gain by being their own bosses should also be aware of the many challenges that accompany the rewards. The post Establishing a private practice appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 22, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Counselors Audience Private Practice Management Professional Issues Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Invisible people, Part 1: Native Americans
We pride ourselves on cultural diversity as counselors, but I’m not confident that the blinders we wear allow us to really see how much we don’t see. The post Voice of Experience: Invisible people, Part 1: Native Americans appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 18, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Voice of Experience Source Type: research

Behind the Book: Wellness Counseling: A Holistic Approach to Prevention and Intervention
"Wellness counseling is client-centered [because] you are offering the client new ways of understanding and experiencing themselves and new avenues for goal achievement." The post Behind the Book: Wellness Counseling: A Holistic Approach to Prevention and Intervention appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 18, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Compiled by Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Wellness Source Type: research

Building a kinder and braver world
"As adults who care about and work with young people, counselors can and do help young people understand how to be kind to themselves, how to cope with the challenges that life will throw their way, and how to take care of their own well-being while they’re busy changing the world." The post Building a kinder and braver world appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Mental Health shame Source Type: research

The caregiving conundrum
Counselors can help those who are shouldering end-of-life caregiving responsibilities to navigate sensitive issues such as burnout, guilt and family dynamics. The post The caregiving conundrum appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 12, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Tia Amdurer Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights caretaking Grief Source Type: research