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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

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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

Counselor moms and dads seek support to navigate the challenges of balancing family life and work life. By Stacy Notaras Murphy When counselor Rachel Feldwisch transitioned from full-time to part-time work a few years ago, she struggled to find flexible day care for her daughter. Luckily, her longtime friend and fellow American ... Read More

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