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When counseling clients of color who are disparately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, creative strategies may be needed, say counselor educators writing in the January Journal of Counseling & Development. Communities of color tend to be overrepresented in lower socioeconomic groups, have limited access to health care and education, be undocumented and are often working in jobs considered “essential” during the pandemic. Stacey Diane Arañez Litam and Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado describe the multiple challenges such clients face and suggest specific strategies—from telecounseling to crisis management and wellness programs—that counselors can use to help individuals regain a sense of control and predictability in life.

FEATURED ARTICLE: Volume 99 ■ Number 1 ■ January 2021

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When Being “Essential” Illuminates Disparities: Counseling Clients Affected by COVID-19
Stacey Diane Arañez Litam and Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado


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Best Practices 
When Being “Essential” Illuminates Disparities: Counseling Clients Affected by COVID-19
Stacey Diane Arañez Litam and Carlos P. Hipolito-Delgado

The Association Between Implicit Racial Bias and Mindfulness in Mental Health Practitioners

Nathaniel N. Ivers, David A. Johnson, and Jennifer L. Rogers

Dyadic Influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences: Counseling Implications for Mental and Relational Health
Naomi J. Wheeler, Rachel A. Regal, Sandy-Ann M. Griffith, and Sejal M. Barden

Performance of Mental Health Counselors in Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care
Dogukan Ulupinar, Carlos Zalaquett, So Rin Kim, and Jonna M. Kulikowich

Improving Women’s Self-Compassion Through an Online Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial 
Miranda M. Nadeau, Norian A. Caporale-Berkowitz, and Aaron B. Rochlen

Christian Counselors and Affirmative Counseling of Lesbian and Gay Clients 
Hannah B. Bayne, Luke Harness, Brianna Kane, and Myranda Warfield

An Exploration of Young Clients’ Experiences in Counseling With Post-Master’s Counselors
Corrine R. Sackett and Ryan M. Cook

Exploring Counselor Experiences of Training in Relational Depth: An Interpretive Phenomenological Inquiry
Dee C. Ray, Cody T. Lankford, Audrey B. Malacara, Elliott Woehler, and Rachel McCullough

Evidence for Relationships Between Hope, Resilience, and Mental Health Among Youth
A. Stephen Lenz  

Theory & Practice
A New Model for Social Justice Supervision
Colette T. Dollarhide, Shiloh C. Hale, and Steve Stone-Sabali

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