CS Features – Expert Interviews, Guides, Professional Advocacy & Research in Counseling

Joining a counseling profession is about more than understanding licensing requirements and reading step-by-step guides. This is a profession committed to continued education, listening, and learning. To be a successful counselor or therapist, you have to be engaged with and aware of the larger conversations in the community.

Whether you are just starting your counseling career or already working in the field, CS features cover topics relevant to you. It holds scholarship and resource guides, expert interviews, tips for avoiding burnout and compassion fatigue, discussions of the latest academic research, and detailed analyses of the most pressing advocacy issues within counseling professions. Overall, we bring you into the conversation around the biggest issues in counseling and professions today.

Who’s Trained in LGBTQ+ Mental Health? Affirmative Counselors, Gender Therapists & More

Calendar Icon July 27, 2021 Alex Stitt, LMHC

In the field today, there is an observable stratum of allies, yet their dedication to this goal varies a great deal, as does their level of skill, training, and overall experience. For this reason, it’s worth noting the distinct strengths and potential limitations of allied counselors, affirmative counselors, gender specialists, sex therapists, and LGBTQ+ counselors.

The Importance of Minority Mental Health Month

Calendar Icon July 20, 2021 Catherine Mosley

Recent acts of racism and discrimination have opened simmering mental health wounds and further amplified the stress minorities face on a daily basis. The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, George Floyd’s brutal murder, and the proliferation of anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic are just a few examples.

Beyond Cultural Competence: Cultural Humility, Intersectionality, and Decolonizing Mental Health

Calendar Icon July 8, 2021 Cevia Yellin

Cultural competence was introduced in the 1980s by social workers and counseling psychologists as an approach to working successfully in multicultural contexts. Primarily concerned with learning about the cultures of those with whom we live and work through the examination of behaviors, attitudes, and policies, cultural competence was embraced by the healthcare community and has been used widely throughout the industry.

A Salary Guide for All Counseling Careers: How Much Do Counselors Earn? (2021-2022)

Calendar Icon June 16, 2021 Kimmy Gustafson

Wages for counselors vary widely based on the type of counseling services offered, the level of education, and more.

How Self-Awareness Makes You a Better Counselor

Calendar Icon June 9, 2021 Lisa Hutchison, LMHC

One of the most effective tools you will use, as a counselor, is your self-awareness. In a therapeutic session, this perspective allows the counselor to question his or her own thoughts, feelings, and biases. Without this process, counselors may react to their own and their client’s subconscious programming.

Informed Consent: Ethical Considerations for Working With LGBTQ+ Clients

Calendar Icon May 17, 2021 Alex Stitt, LMHC

As always, clients should be encouraged to ask questions, yet due to the long history of discrimination, LGBTQ+ individuals may have some unique concerns pertaining to their privacy, emotional safety, and legal rights.

PTSD Awareness Month Expert Interview & Advocacy Guide

Calendar Icon May 11, 2021 Matt Zbrog

Around eight million Americans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What Behaviors Correlate with Happiness? An Expert’s Guide to Being Happy

Calendar Icon April 28, 2021 Cevia Yellin

On July 12, 2012, the United Nations established March 20th as the International Day of Happiness.

How to Grieve a Client’s Death Ethically

Calendar Icon April 22, 2021 Lisa Hutchison, LMHC

There is no formal training on how to deal with client loss. If you are a counselor long enough, you will face a client’s death.

Mental Health Month Expert Interview & Advocacy Guide

Calendar Icon April 15, 2021 Matt Zbrog

The last 12 months have devastated America’s mental health. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, one in five adults in the US had experienced mental illness in the last year. Since then, the rate has increased to an estimated one in three. Racial and socioeconomic inequality in policy and practice exacerbate the issue further: today, only one in three Black adults with mental health issues receives care.