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Addiction is a plague that affects individuals and society in an adverse manner. It is a very costly illness that has worldwide prevalence. A study conducted in Australia found that $437m was lost in 2001 due to alcohol related absenteeism (Pidd, Berry & Roche, 2006). In the UK, a study ... Read More

Suicide is a serious health problem. The World Health Organization estimates that one suicide attempt occurs every three seconds and one completed suicide occurs approximately every 40 seconds resulting in almost one million people dying from suicide each year; a “global” mortality rate of 16 per 100,000 (WHO, 2000, 2010). In ... Read More

A growing number of professionals say it’s time to embrace the potential that social media and other emerging technologies show for helping clients and counselors-in-training. By Lynne Shallcross It wasn’t talk therapy that Michelle Wade’s client needed most during crisis. It was text therapy. The safety plan for Wade’s adolescent client dictated that ... Read More

Looking for maladaptive communication patterns is a common form of assessment that therapists use (Long & Young, 2007). Based on John Gottman’s theory popularly known as the “Four Horseman of the Apocalypse”, the following subheadings are common communication problems that most couples experience or participate in. They include; criticism and ... Read More

Beyond the Books

From elementary school through college, today’s students face an ever-expanding list of pressures, both inside and outside the classroom. By Lynne Shallcross It’s a good thing Jodi Mullen didn’t become a counselor exclusively for the compliments. Mullen, an associate professor and coordinator of the mental health counseling program at the State University ... Read More

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