Affirming all shades of the rainbow
Even as the LGB community steadily gains wider acceptance across society, individuals who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming often struggle to find affirmation or even a safe place to be themselves. The post Affirming all shades of the rainbow appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Features Family gender LGBTQ Issues Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Knowledge is a coping skill
We’ll get through this. Here are some ways we can manage our stress and that of our clients as we work through this pandemic. The post Voice of Experience: Knowledge is a coping skill appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Voice of Experience Source Type: research

Coping with the (ongoing) stress of COVID-19
Counselors can help clients and themselves develop effective coping strategies and build resilience as they respond to the anxieties surrounding COVID-19. The post Coping with the (ongoing) stress of COVID-19 appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features Coronavirus Resilience Self-care stress & anxiety Source Type: research

Counseling ’s evolution under COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered the landscape for counselor clinicians and counselor educators, but even under the strain of having to adjust practices on the fly, professional counselors are identifying silver linings and potential opportunities. The post Counseling’s evolution under COVID-19 appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Coronavirus Professional Issues Technology Source Type: research

Encouraging T-shaped thinking in the counseling profession
Linking ideas from counseling with web design, political science or chemistry can lead to innovative solutions in any number of roles that counselors play, including as consultants, crisis responders or group facilitators. The post Encouraging T-shaped thinking in the counseling profession appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 18, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By John McCarthy Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives interdisciplinary Source Type: research

Report: More than 1 in 5 children experience bullying
Researchers have found that more than one in five American youngsters experience bullying victimization from their peers – and prevalence is higher among children under age 12. The post Report: More than 1 in 5 children experience bullying appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 12, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Bullying youth Source Type: research

The historical roots of racial disparities in the mental health system
Understanding the past enables new ways of addressing current implications and identified barriers, including how schizophrenia became a “black disease,” why prisons emerged where hospitals once stood, and how racial disparities continue to exist in the mental health system today. The post The historical roots of racial disparities in the mental health system appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 7, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Tahmi Perzichilli Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Multiculturalism & Diversity race Social Justice Source Type: research

Mental imagery as an intervention for emotion regulation disorders
Many clinicians in the field tend to neglect mental imagery despite evidence suggesting that it can be very helpful for clients who do not respond well to CBT ‘thought’ interventions. The post Mental imagery as an intervention for emotion regulation disorders appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 5, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Katie Gamby and Michael Desposito Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Counselors Audience Source Type: research

Engaging avoidant teens
By using practical, attachment-informed approaches, counselors can build effective therapeutic alliances with youth frequently dismissed as being ‘resistant.’ The post Engaging avoidant teens appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 4, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By David Flack Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share attachment resistant clients teenager therapeutic alliance Source Type: research

Supporting families on their autism journeys
Having a child with autism affects the entire family system, meaning counselors must take a wide-angle and long-term view when determining how best to offer guidance and encouragement. The post Supporting families on their autism journeys appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features autism Children & Adolescents Family parenting Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: COVID-19 represents an inflection point for the profession
The strength of a group is not measured by what its members do for themselves but rather in their humanity to help others. During the past two months, I have seen the care and compassion of our members and countless other mental health professionals play out over and over. Thousands have been involved in wanting...continue reading The post CEO’s Message: COVID-19 represents an inflection point for the profession appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Coronavirus Source Type: research

From the President: Rising to the challenge
If you had asked me what I was looking forward to in the spring of 2020, I would have said, without a doubt, the ACA Conference & Expo in San Diego. As you know by this point, in mid-March our Governing Council made the difficult decision to cancel the conference. While this decision was made...continue reading The post From the President: Rising to the challenge appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - May 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Heather Trepal Tags: Counseling Today From the President Coronavirus Source Type: research

Jane Myers and Tom Sweeney: Servant leaders and advocates for the counseling profession
Jane Myers and Tom Sweeney are the only husband and wife couple who have both been presidents of the American Counseling Association. They made substantial contributions to the evolution of the counseling profession, in addition to their work during their presidencies and as active members of ACA’s governmental structure. The post Jane Myers and Tom Sweeney: Servant leaders and advocates for the counseling profession appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 30, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Allen Ivey and Mary Bradford Ivey Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Counselors Audience Source Type: research

Life after cancer
For cancer survivors, the in-the-trenches treatment may be complete, but their processing and healing are just beginning. The post Life after cancer appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 29, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Features cancer Sexual Wellness Source Type: research

The psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on Asian Americans: Counselor interventions and considerations
Knowing the multicultural considerations of the Asian American population -- and prioritizing culturally sensitive treatment approaches -- has become an essential service now and for the foreseeable future. The post The psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on Asian Americans: Counselor interventions and considerations appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Adrianne L. Johnson Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus race Source Type: research

Exploring the ties that bind
Viewing clients, and their presenting issues, through the lens of their family systems often leads to insights and understandings that might remain obscured otherwise. The post Exploring the ties that bind appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Family family counseling parenting play therapy Source Type: research

Adjustment disorder in the time of COVID-19
As professional counselors, we are braving telehealth, juggling our own mental health needs amid those of our clients, and helping friends and family members adjust to uncertainty and unemployment, all while trying to pepper in some self-care and generally navigate this unprecedented time for ourselves. The post Adjustment disorder in the time of COVID-19 appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 21, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laura Sladky Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Counselor Wellness Counselors Audience Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: It often comes down to grief
If we can see how grief might be driving our clients’ dysfunctions, then what we should be treating is grief rather than just depression, addiction or other symptoms of grief. We cannot change loss. Facing it and finding ways to cope are the keys to resolution. The post Voice of Experience: It often comes down to grief appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 20, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Grief and Loss Voice of Experience Source Type: research

The counselor ’s role in community outreach and resiliency building
Through education, outreach and advocacy, counselors can encourage the communities in which they live and work to develop trauma-informed programs and early intervention efforts. The post The counselor’s role in community outreach and resiliency building appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Denise Takakjy Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights outreach trauma Source Type: research

The need for standardization in suicide risk assessment
When mental health professionals are left to base their decisions on what they feel or think is effective rather than on the results of research and standardization, they are putting their clients — and themselves — at greater risk. The post The need for standardization in suicide risk assessment appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 14, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Assessment Counselors Audience risk Suicide suicide prevention Source Type: research

How to help domestic violence clients during shelter-in-place situations
How can the counseling community help domestic violence clients who are trapped at home with their abusers? There is no “how-to” manual to deal with the current situation, of course, but the safety of this vulnerable population demands us to do our best. The post How to help domestic violence clients during shelter-in-place situations appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 13, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Federico Carmona Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives abuse Coronavirus Couples domestic violence Shelter in place Source Type: research

How do counselors support clients during the coronavirus pandemic?
It is crucial to understand the social ramifications perpetuated by this outbreak so that we can promote optimal care for the clients we serve. The post How do counselors support clients during the coronavirus pandemic? appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Yoon Suh Moh and Katharine Sperandio Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Shelter in place stress & anxiety Source Type: research

Spotlight on: ACA Future School Counselors Award winner
Award-winning essay by Rebecca Alexandra Smith of East Carolina University The post Spotlight on: ACA Future School Counselors Award winner appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Source Type: research

Interstate compact plan provides hope for licensure portability
ACA has invested in a multiyear project that would finally allow professional counselors to move seamlessly from one state to another without jumping through hoops to secure a new license. The post Interstate compact plan provides hope for licensure portability appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 8, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laurie Meyers Tags: Counseling Today Features American Counseling Association Licensure Professional Issues Source Type: research

A note of encouragement for counseling students during COVID-19
"The bottom line is that as a counseling student today, you will be even better prepared than some licensed clinicians once you enter the counseling field. You will be able to show great empathy to clients when they seek services to manage the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic." The post A note of encouragement for counseling students during COVID-19 appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 7, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Dana M. Cea Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Coronavirus Counselor Educators Audience stress & anxiety Students Audience (Grad/post-grad) Source Type: research

From Combat to Counseling: Survivors guilt, shame and moral injury
Moral injury is a cluster of symptoms that is linked to but separate from PTSD. There is an emerging effort to distinguish between the two and recognize moral injury as a common and distinct syndrome that requires targeted treatment. The post From Combat to Counseling: Survivors guilt, shame and moral injury appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Duane France Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives From Combat to Counseling PTSD Source Type: research

From the President: A month made for advocating and celebrating
We need to promote help-seeking by continuously raising awareness about mental health and wellness and the important work that counselors do. The post From the President: A month made for advocating and celebrating appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Heather Trepal Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

CEO ’ s message: This is your month — celebrate and enjoy
I believe Counseling Awareness Month could also be “Counselor Appreciation Month” because that is what I feel about all of you. I hope you will “celebrate yourselves” by recognizing each other in some special way. The post CEO’s message: This is your month — celebrate and enjoy appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 3, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO American Counseling Association Coronavirus Source Type: research

Spotlight on: ACA Tomorrow ’s Counselors Award winner
Award-winning essay by Adriana Walsh of Wake Forest University The post Spotlight on: ACA Tomorrow’s Counselors Award winner appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 2, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Source Type: research

Recovering from the trauma of infidelity
Professional counselors play an important role in helping couples and individuals process and heal from the emotionally charged experience of confronting a betrayal in their relationship. The post Recovering from the trauma of infidelity appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - April 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features Couples divorce Marriage relationships Source Type: research

Counseling clients into new territory: Five steps to redefine a foundation
"We do not fill the role of advice givers as counselors, but if we’re not asking questions that encourage our clients to explore what’s true for them, then we are doing a disservice to them and to ourselves." The post Counseling clients into new territory: Five steps to redefine a foundation appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 30, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By John Wheeler Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Counselors Audience self-discovery Source Type: research

Marathon vs. sprint: Building a sustainable career as a professional counselor
ACA members share personal stories of what they have done (and are currently doing) to stay fresh, inspired and energized over the long haul of a counseling career. The post Marathon vs. sprint: Building a sustainable career as a professional counselor appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 27, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Compiled by Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories Counselor Wellness Private Practice Management Professional Issues Source Type: research

Spotlight on: The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Master ’ s Degree Students winner
Award-winning essay by master's-level students Samantha Burton, Ingrid R. Pipes, Ben Stoviak and Katie Voorman The post Spotlight on: The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Master’s Degree Students winner appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Source Type: research

Spotlight on: The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Doctoral Degree Students winner
Award-winning essay by doctoral students Connie Elkins, Jay Tift and John Bender The post Spotlight on: The ACA Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Doctoral Degree Students winner appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: Online Exclusives American Counseling Association Source Type: research

Helping clients rebuild after separation or divorce
After clients have gone through the emotional journey of divorce, they need to start rebuilding their lives and hoping for a better future. The post Helping clients rebuild after separation or divorce appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 25, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Couples divorce Marriage Source Type: research

@TechCounselor: Managing the culture of breaking news
How do we, as counselors, regain control of our newsfeeds? How do we help clients do the same? The first step is reflecting on the impact of this breaking news culture on your personal and professional life. The post @TechCounselor: Managing the culture of breaking news appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 23, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Adria Dunbar Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives @TechCounselor Counselor Wellness social media stress & anxiety Source Type: research

The Counseling Connoisseur: How to talk to children about the coronavirus
Children pick up on the emotions of the adults around them. Adults need to manage their anxiety before attempting to address the concerns of children. It is essential to provide a calm setting before talking with children about COVID-19. The post The Counseling Connoisseur: How to talk to children about the coronavirus appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 17, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Cheryl Fisher Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Children & Adolescents Coronavirus Counseling Connoisseur parenting Source Type: research

Counseling in jail
Working as a counselor at an adult detention facility bears little resemblance to more “traditional” counseling, but the focus remains on treating each person as a human being while listening to stories of unresolved grief, tragedy and trauma. The post Counseling in jail appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 16, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By James Rose Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Offenders Source Type: research

COVID-19 update and resources
The American Counseling Association is working to keep its members and the public informed as the new coronavirus, COVID-19, becomes an increasing reality and issue of concern across the United States. The post COVID-19 update and resources appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 16, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: Counseling Today American Counseling Association Source Type: research

Hearing voices: A human rights movement and developmental approach to voice hearing
All explanations are given space to be heard in the Hearing Voices [Movement], including the medical model, psychological models such as voices being subpersonalities of the voice hearer, spiritual beliefs that the voices are spirits, and other possibilities. The post Hearing voices: A human rights movement and developmental approach to voice hearing appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 12, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Laren Corrin Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Counselors Audience Mental Health schizophrenia trauma Source Type: research

Learning from highly effective counselors
Research suggests there are certain characteristics and actions of “supershrinks” that clinicians can actively cultivate to improve client outcomes. The post Learning from highly effective counselors appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 10, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Sidney Shaw Tags: Counseling Today Member Insights Counselors Audience Students Audience (Grad/post-grad) therapy Source Type: research

Creating successful home visits in community-based counseling
Home-based counseling offers some real advantages over office-based services, but those benefits can’t be fully realized without navigating a variety of challenges. The post Creating successful home visits in community-based counseling appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 9, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Robin M. DuFresne and Allison K. Arnekrans Tags: Counseling Today Knowledge Share Counselors Audience in-home counseling Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: The dangers of cultural un-awareness
"Frankly, I’d rather see graduate programs drop a personality theory class or something else and add a second or third required course on diversity. In one semester, I can only introduce the topic. Competence is still far from the reach of these young clinicians." The post Voice of Experience: The dangers of cultural un-awareness appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 6, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Multiculturalism & Diversity Voice of Experience Source Type: research

Bouncing back from ‘failure’ as a counselor
The question is not whether counselors will make mistakes and have missteps over the course of a career but what they will learn from them when they do. The post Bouncing back from ‘failure’ as a counselor appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 3, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Lindsey Phillips Tags: Counseling Today Features Counselors Audience Professional Issues Source Type: research

CEO ’ s Message: It ’s time for professional counselors to blow their horn
Are you a “best kept secret”? Does your community know about the amazing work that you and your fellow professional counselors do? Are other members of your higher education community aware of the academic rigor, research and scholarship among those who call themselves “counselor educator”? Do the parents, faculty and administrators of your school know...continue reading The post CEO’s Message: It’s time for professional counselors to blow their horn appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Richard Yep Tags: Counseling Today From the CEO Source Type: research

From the President: Advocacy for military mental health
One of my favorite things about being ACA president is the opportunity I am given to meet our members and learn more about their work. The topic of military mental health is rightly receiving increased attention. This month, I want to highlight three ACA members whom I have become better acquainted with over the past...continue reading The post From the President: Advocacy for military mental health appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - March 1, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Heather Trepal Tags: Counseling Today From the President Source Type: research

Help wanted: Managing work stress
Work stress rarely takes a day off or remains confined to the office, instead spilling over into clients’ personal lives and relationships in ways that can do serious damage if left unchecked. The post Help wanted: Managing work stress appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 28, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Cover Stories workplace stress Source Type: research

Should I stay or should I go now?
What should a counselor’s role be when clients who are overwhelmed by work stress want to throw in the towel and leave their job? The post Should I stay or should I go now? appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 26, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Bethany Bray Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Career & Employment Counseling workplace stress Source Type: research

Can you hear me now? Ways to reduce sound transfer between rooms
Helpful tips to maintain privacy and reduce noise transfer between rooms in your counseling office -- with or without remodeling. The post Can you hear me now? Ways to reduce sound transfer between rooms appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 24, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By “Doc Warren” Corson III Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Private Practice Management Source Type: research

Voice of Experience: Billing guilt
"I completely understand why we feel guilty about charging as professional counselors. After all, we are helpers, not mercenaries. But few things in life are free." The post Voice of Experience: Billing guilt appeared first on Counseling Today. (Source: Counseling Today)
Source: Counseling Today - February 18, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: By Gregory K. Moffatt Tags: Counseling Today Online Exclusives Private Practice Management Voice of Experience Source Type: research