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  • Free Access to the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

    Jul 02, 2020
    This virtual issue of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD) is a collection of previously published articles that aims to advance multicultural and social justice counseling efforts during the COVID-19 era. The featured articles cover issues relating to natural disasters, infectious diseases (specifically, HIV), economic disadvantage, and health disparities. These articles are freely available online through August 2020.
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  • July is Minority Mental Health Month

    Jul 01, 2020
    July is Minority Mental Health Month, more recently known as #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth. BIPOC are often faced with years - even generations - of trauma, which translates to socioeconomic disparities and, in turn, is linked to mental health concerns today.
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  • Sue Pressman Begins Term as 69th President of the American Counseling Association

    Jul 01, 2020
    Sue Pressman, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), Master Career Counselor (MCC), Board-Certified Coach (BCC) and Global Career Development Facilitator Instructor (GCDFI), is the 69th president of the American Counseling Association.
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    Being part of two different cultures and not truly feeling a sense of belonging in either is not an uncommon experience among individuals who are biracial or multiracial and those who are transracial adoptees. Read more in Counseling Today's July cover story.
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    The transformative opportunities inherent in multicultural and social justice competence are explored both conceptually and empirically in nine articles in the July special issue of the Journal of Counseling & DevelopmentRead
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  • Meditate to Calm Chaos

    Jul 02, 2020
    Being in a state of chaos or a prolonged state of chaos can cause immense amounts of stress within your body and mind. When stress arises, a lot of us shut down, overreact or lose track of what needs to be done. Meditation and mindfulness can help.
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  • Learning To Relax Is A Great Idea

    Jun 29, 2020
    Relaxing is just a natural skill that we all have mastered, right? Unfortunately, especially in troubled times such as these, really relaxing can be difficult to make happen. Yet relaxing and giving your brain a rest from all the tension and worry that it is dealing with lately is an important and needed accomplishment. Here are some tips on how to focus on getting a little relaxation into your life.
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  • Wellness Counseling

    Jonathan H. Ohrt, Philip B. Clarke, and Abigail H. Conley
    This innovative text presents a comprehensive review of the theoretical and empirical support for a wellness approach to counseling.... Learn More
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    Anne Marie "Nancy" Wheeler and Burt Bertram
    This eighth edition provides a current and comprehensive discussion of counselors' legal and ethical responsibilities.... Learn More
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    Samuel T. Gladding and Kevin G. Alderson
    This concise guide is for individuals seeking a counselor for themselves or others. It contains a treasure trove of information.... Learn More
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    Michelle Muratori and Robert Haynes
    This comprehensive counseling tool kit for stress management provides clinicians with hundreds of client exercises and activities.  Learn More
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    edited by Thelma Duffey and Shane Haberstroh
    This introductory text integrates evidence-based models and best practices with relational-cultural theory, which is responsive to the many forms of traumatic stress and tragedies that clients experience.  Learn More
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    Gerald Corey
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    Thomas A. Field and Michelle R. Ghoston
    This innovative text is the first to illustrate how neuroscience concepts can be translated and applied to counseling with children and adolescents.  Learn More