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.

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.

Occupational Therapy Month: An Expert’s Advocacy Guide for OTs

Calendar Icon March 30, 2021 Nina Chamlou

During the month of April, the U.S. medical community celebrates Occupational Therapy (OT) Month to honor the more than 213,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students who work to improve the lives of their clients and families.

Mental Health Disabilities and Employment: An Interview with the Social Security Administration

Calendar Icon March 22, 2021 Cevia Yellin

Two benefits programs that may be available to individuals with disabilities—including those caused by mental health conditions—are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While SSDI is based on the amount a person worked/contributed to social security taxes prior to applying for benefits, SSI is determined by financial need.

Advocacy Guide for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (2021)

Calendar Icon March 22, 2021 Matt Zbrog

Telling kids to ‘just say no’ just doesn’t work. Today’s approach to drug education and substance use disorder programs has to focus, instead, on high doses of compassion and science. The stakes are high: nearly 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, but only 10 percent receive treatment; more than 90 percent of those who do have an addiction started to drink alcohol or use drugs before they were 18 years old.

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

Calendar Icon March 15, 2021 Cevia Yellin

On July 12, 2012, the United Nations established March 20th as the International Day of Happiness. The resolution was put forth by Bhutan, a small country nestled in the Himalayan Mountains between India and China. The Day was proclaimed not only to acknowledge the importance of happiness and well-being for people around the globe but also to highlight the need for their inclusion in public policy.

The Importance of Therapeutic Boundaries

Calendar Icon March 1, 2021 Lisa Hutchison, LMHC

Boundaries start at the first encounter with your client, and continue throughout the counseling process. The counselor’s role is to clearly explain what is happening and why, while keeping the client informed throughout the development of treatment.

Sex, Gender, and Personal Identity: What to Know as a Mental Health Practitioner

Calendar Icon February 25, 2021 Alex Stitt, LMHC

Sex and gender aren’t synonyms, though they’re often treated as such on medical documents, legal forms, and in casual conversation. Therapists who intend to work with intersex and gender diverse people must understand how independent sex and gender are, in order to comprehend how they intersect.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week – Expert Resources & Advocacy Guide

Calendar Icon February 19, 2021 Nina Chamlou

With National Eating Disorders Awareness Week coming up in February, we explore the range of eating disorders, what types of therapies are available, and resources for those struggling with (or those interested in treating) eating disorders.

How to Promote Social Justice Within Your Community – A Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Calendar Icon February 17, 2021 Nina Chamlou

In recent years, a pipeline from the foster care system to trafficking has gained the attention of organizations like the Human Rights Project for Girls. The group published a report called “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline,” highlighting that girls who grew up in the child welfare system, especially those placed in multiple homes, are particularly vulnerable to the exploitation of traffickers, who coerce girls into compliance with promises of love and affection.

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Relationships – Coming Out to Intolerant Family Members

Calendar Icon February 10, 2021 Nina Chamlou

Prior to the global health crisis, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans were already at greater risk of mental health problems, illicit drug-use, and suicide. Gay and lesbian youth are 3.7 times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers, and transgender teens are almost six times as likely.