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Professional counselors spend their days supporting clients through some heavy stuff, and empathic listening is a core part of their job. Practitioners have to work very hard to leave the weight of their occupation behind as they clock out each night.
It's no surprise, then, that 2017's most-read article at Counseling Today online was a piece on preventing and learning from practitioner burnout.
The magazine's cover articles on helping clients heal from past trauma and live with the day in, day out challenge of anxiety were also among the most-read for the year.
What else were Counseling Today readers clicking on in 2017? Check out our year-in-review here.
Journal of Counseling & Development
Black men continue to be highly stereotyped and stigmatized in American society. Hip-Hop culture and rap music uniquely reflect the aspirations and frustrations of Black men who must confront microagressions, sociopolitical disadvantage, and marginalization in their daily lives. In the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Counseling & Development, author Ahmad Rashad Washington proposes that counselors can effectively use rap music with Black male clients who identify with Hip-Hop culture to facilitate discussion about the social injustices they face. In the article “Integrating Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music Into Social Justice Counseling With Black Males” Washington presents a brief history of Hip-Hop culture, examples of how rap music has been used therapeutically, and a vignette illustrating how counselors might effectively use rap music with Black male clients.
ACA Government Affairs Blog
The White House recently proposed new rules that would make it easier for small businesses, sole proprietors, and individuals to group together in "association" to buy health insurance in the large group market. These association plans, as they are known, would be exempt from many of the consumer protections — including required mental health coverage — that are mandated by the Affordable Care Act, which now provides coverage for some of the same types of customers.
An association plan has no connection with the American Counseling Association or other professional associations. The name refers to a group of businesses and individuals associating with each other for the purpose of obtaining insurance. Find out more in this American Counseling Association Government Affairs blog post.
ACA Conference & Expo
The 2018 ACA Conference & Expo in Atlanta, GA is already outpacing attendance for prior years, with more than three months to go. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to participate in the future of counseling whether as an attendee, sponsor or exhibitor.
Here’s what’s new for 2018:
New! Extended Hours and Expo-Exclusive Events
This year we are adding more hours of exhibit time and will feature Expo events, including the Grand Opening & Welcome Reception; ACA Career Center; various networking lounges; and the ACA Experience, an opportunity for attendees to engage with ACA on the Expo floor, daily giveaways and more.
New! Exhibitor Showcases
Exhibitors will demonstrate the superior advantages of their products or services right on the Expo floor at an Exhibitor Showcase. In 20-minute timeslots, exhibitors will show-off new products, services or features.
Register online and find out more about exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities in our exhibitor prospectus.
Shainna Ali, ACA Member Blog
Mental health counseling can be beneficial for just about anyone. When I share that I’m often met with an array of responses. Some concur, but others are hesitant and even offended. Although we’ve come a long way, mental health stigma is still rather pervasive. When you consider mental health, your mind may actually warp to the exact opposite and antiquated images of asylums and horror stories may come to mind. This imagery may hold you back from seeking the help you may not only benefit from, but may need. I've been on a mission to try to bridge the gap between needs and services and to help others cross their stigma-riddled obstacles.
Originally a conference to discuss the convergence of Technology, Entertainment, and Design, TED has evolved into an informative worldwide community for discourse and education. TED talks are known to feed curious souls and inspire thinkers. I’ve found TED Talks to be a powerful conduit to mental health destigmatization and empowerment. Here are some helpful TED Talks to help you in your journey. Continue reading.
Federal health officials recently froze a program aimed to educate the public and provide information about evidence-based mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.
Established in 1997, the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices was overseen by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
People suffering from mental health issues face numerous challenges in the United States, including limited access to mental health providers, shortages of psychiatric beds, and widespread incarceration. But another oft-overlooked issue harms the lives of millions of Americans with mental illness — cigarette smoking.
The national effort to reduce tobacco consumption has been cited among the foremost public health achievements in the last century — the percentage of American adults who smoke cigarettes dropped from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent in 2015, according to government statistics. But smoking rates remain high among people with mental illness.
When we stop to think about it, we all realize that good communications are vitally important in building strong, positive relationships with others. The problem is that most of us are leading such busy and often stressful lives, that we forget to really think about communicating effectively.
Good communication does require extra focus and effort. It requires understanding how we communicate and having a desire to improve.
The time honored tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is deeply rooted in our modern culture. Perhaps because it is a new year, we feel it’s a good time where we can also be renewed. We can change. We can become a better person.
Somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of people make New Year’s resolutions. But how many people actually keep at least one of their resolutions?
If we’re picking random instances of dogs being delightful, then how about the dog who swoops in to protect his owner’s head when she falls during a seizure? The beagle who unwittingly brought his human friend out of depression? The little dog who was pictured bringing its owner a comforting potato when she was sad?
It’s no wonder then that new research has shown that over half of dog owners in America admit to flaking on friends so they can hang out with their pets.
The third Monday of every January has long been crowned the saddest day of the year, but while the science behind the unflattering title has been scoffed at by experts, some say the day has unintended value.
“Blue Monday” was coined in 2005 by Cliff Arnall, a former lecturer at Cardiff University, for a now-defunct U.K-based travel agency as a tactic to sell winter vacations. It has since been adopted as a promotional platform by various companies, for example Cineplex and Sunwing.
Inside Higher Ed
The advice is repeated constantly to high school students: Take the most rigorous schedule of courses possible to impress colleges to which you apply.
A short essay circulating among college counselors who help high school students is urging colleges to put a halt to that advice, and to stop encouraging high school students to outdo one another with the number of Advanced Placement and other college-level courses they take.
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