Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy


As expectations grow for the future use of psychedelic-assisted therapies (PATs), counselors’ beliefs about the drugs remain mixed, with many concerned about the risk of long-term cognitive impairment, says an article in the October Journal of Counseling & Development. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati surveyed professional counselors, counseling students and counselor educators to explore their views on PAT, hypothesizing that those who were male, younger or had used psychedelics themselves would be more likely to espouse positive views of PAT—a theory largely borne out by the data. Overall, however, most counselors agreed that psychedelics offer a promising way to treat psychiatric disorders, may improve outcomes in psychotherapy, and deserve further research.

FEATURED ARTICLE: Volume 100 ■ Number 4 ■ October 2022

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Counselors’ Attitudes Toward Psychedelics and Their Use in Therapy
Benjamin G. Hearn, Michael D. Brubaker, and George Richardson


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Research Articles 
Influence of Client Self-Determination on Counseling Outcome
Todd W. Leibert, Julia B. Smith, and Vaibhavee R. Agaskar

Sensation Seeking and Adolescent Drinking: Do Protective Behavioral Strategies Lower Risk?

Diana M. Doumas, G. Michael Russo, Raissa Miller, Susan Esp, Nadine R. Mastroleo, and Rob Turrisi

Counselors’ Attitudes Toward Psychedelics and Their Use in Therapy
Benjamin G. Hearn, Michael D. Brubaker, and George Richardson

A Mindfulness-Based Well-Being Group for International Students in Higher Education: A Pilot Study
Yiying Xiong, Priscilla Rose Prasath, Qiyang Zhang, and Lieny Jeon

Exploring School Counseling During the First Wave of COVID-19 
Elizabeth Villares, Angie Starrett, and Dodie Limberg


Assessment and Diagnosis
Spirituality and Relational Health Among Black Americans 
Richard S. Balkin, Sheerah A. Neal, Keon D. Stewart, Lavelle Hendricks, and Stacey Diane Arañez Litam

Stigma, Help-Seeking, and Counseling With African American Male College Students 
Jordan Shannon, Derek X. Seward, Yanhong Liu, and Melissa Luke

Applied Theory Article
More Than a Feeling: Constructing Emotion in Theory and Practice
Joel Givens and Brett D. Wilkinson

Best Practice
Wellness Integration in Professional Counseling: A Grounded Theory
Susan M. Long, Madeline Clark, Leah Reed, and Ellise Raghavan  

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