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As mental health professionals, counselors are tasked with listening to clients without absorbing the emotional pain of their stories. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, counselors have been challenged by increasingly difficult client concerns, their own personal experiences, and the need to swiftly adopt secure telehealth practices. In the October Journal of Counseling & Development, Stacey Diane Arañez Litam, Clark D. Ausloos and John J. S. Harrichand report on the relationship of resilience and burnout to compassion fatigue. The authors advise counselors to practice self-care and build resilience using strategies such as honoring personal and professional boundaries; engaging in positive thinking; pursuing personally fulfilling activities; limiting after-hours exposure to news and social media; and acknowledging that although they cannot control their clients’ decisions, the consequences of clients’ risk-taking behavior can become teachable moments.

FEATURED ARTICLE: Volume 99 ■ Number 4 ■ October 2021

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Stress and Resilience Among Professional Counselors During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Stacey Diane Arañez Litam, Clark D. Ausloos, and John J. S. Harrichand


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Undue Police Violence Toward African Americans: An Analysis of Professional Counselors’ Training and Perceptions
Darius A. Green and Amanda M. Evans

Associations Between Specific Mindfulness Practices and In-Session Relational Factors

David A. Johnson and Adriana Walsh

Stress and Resilience Among Professional Counselors During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Stacey Diane Arañez Litam, Clark D. Ausloos, and John J. S. Harrichand

Professional Counselors’ Experiences on Interprofessional Teams in Hospital Settings 
Kaprea F. Johnson, Jennifer Blake, and Hannah E. Ramsey

Student-to-School Counselor Ratios: A Meta-Analytic Review of the Evidence 
Caitlin Kearney, Patrick Akos, Thurston Domina, and Zachariah Young

Professional Quality of Life and Affective Distress Among Prelicensed Counselors
Heather J. Fye, Ryan M. Cook, Youn-Jeng Choi, and Eric R. Baltrinic

Risk, Symptoms, and Well-Being: Emerging Adult Latent Profiles During Treatment
Peter J. Jankowski, Eugene Hall, Sarah A. Crabtree, Steven J. Sandage, Miriam Bronstein, and Danielle Sandage

It’s Time for Counselors to Modify Our Language: It Matters When We Call Our Clients Schizophrenics Versus People With Schizophrenia
Darcy Haag Granello and Sean R. Gorby

Theory & Practice
Implications of Clinically Significant Change Research for Evidence-Based Counseling Practice
Gregory T. Hatchett 

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