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There are not enough veterans in the counseling career field serving others in the military population. At the same time, that truth does not minimize the need for mental health counseling for the military population.

The post From Combat to Counseling: Service members, veterans and military family mental health appeared first on Counseling Today.

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"He had no reason to trust me. If I had been in his shoes, I wouldn’t have trusted me either."

The post Voice of Experience: Giving away power appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Impostor syndrome — and the sense of self-doubt, insecurity and inadequacy that accompany it — isn’t a stranger to most counseling professionals, and that’s ultimately good news.

The post The pretend professional appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Empathy allows for the full and complete exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, with no intent to short-circuit the process simply because we cannot tolerate someone else’s pain.

The post Caring vs. carrying: A therapeutic review of empathy and boundaries appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Professional counselors possess the skills to mold groups that offer caregivers a safe place to voice their strong feelings and stressful experiences while receiving authentic empathic understanding in return.

The post Facilitating support groups for caregivers appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Greetings! Although it is July, we are kicking off a new fiscal year at the American Counseling Association and transitioning leadership roles. I am excited to begin my term as president. I want to extend my appreciation to immediate past President Simone Lambert and acknowledge all of her contributions to our association this past year....continue reading

The post From the President: What is your mission? appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Each July, the American Counseling Association welcomes many new and returning volunteers to its ranks. As we begin a new program year, I am so pleased that ACA President Heather Trepal will be leading our Governing Council and serving as the profession’s primary spokesperson. Dr. Trepal has distinguished herself as a scholar, mentor and advocate....continue reading

The post CEO’s Message: Welcoming new leadership and issuing a call to action appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Counselors can assist clients and families who are impacted by chronic illness by validating their experiences, providing psychoeducation, and stepping up to advocate on local, regional and national levels.

The post Counseling Connoisseur: Revisiting the Spoon Theory appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Heather Trepal didn’t initially set out to become a counselor, but as she takes the reins as ACA’s 68th president, no one questions her drive and desire to advocate for the profession she grew to love.

The post A passion for the profession appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Rather than feeling lucky to be alive, those left behind after large-scale traumatic events or the unexpected death of a loved one are often burdened with questions about what they could have done differently or why they survived while others perished.

The post Relieving the heavy burden of survivor guilt appeared first on Counseling Today.

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