Michigan Journal of Counseling

Articles

Vol. 40, No. 1, Spring-Summer

From the Editor
As the incoming editor, I have been excited by the number and type of submissions to our professional state journal. Over the past few months we have received many submissions from across the United States. It is delightful to have so many interested...
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Symptom Differences by Gender for Outpatient Clients as Measured by the SCL-90-R
Symptom Differences by Gender for Outpatient Clients as Measured by the SCL-90-R Researchers have discussed, postulated, and identified several mental health and general personality characteristic differences between the genders (Breslau & Anthony,...
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The Impact of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms on Maternal Parenting Behaviors
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that was once believed to only affect children. It was commonly believed that with further brain development and as hormonal or developmental changes occurred, most children would outgrow the...
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An Evaluation of a Unique Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention of College Students: Demonstrating Effective Partnering within Student Affairs
For college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death resulting in over 1,100 student deaths per year (Center for Disease Control, 2009). Researchers from the American College Health Association (2011), assessed over 105,000 students across...
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Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall-Winter

From the Editor
When the editor of a professional journal implores the members of that profession to read the journal, or any professional journal, he or she is "preaching to the choir." And yet, I find myself in that position. I have run into members of our organization...
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The Ethical Implication of Bartering for Mental Health Services: Examining Interdisciplinary Ethical Standards
Across disciplines, helping professionals are charged with offering services, without discrimination, to a diverse client base with respect to gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, cultural background, and socioeconomic status (American Counseling...
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Counseling Families in Poverty: Moving from Paralyzing to Revitalizing
Zachary comes running up ahead of his mom and sisters to wrap me in a great six-year-old hug. He has a huge smile on his face, and I notice that both he and his sisters are wearing the same clothing that they had on last time I saw them. It's 40 degrees...
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Are We Going in the Right Direction? Concerns about School Counseling
School counseling is at a crossroads. External pressures, such as education reform, the development of a single counselor identity, and serving the needs of all stakeholders, are exerted on school counseling. In 2009, the Journal of Counseling and...
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Vol. 39, No. 1, Spring

From the Editor
One of the hallmarks of the profession of counseling is that counselors work in many different settings. We have counselor educators and supervisors who provide direction to not only agency and private practice counselors, but to counselors who work...
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Supervision Experiences of New Professional School Counselors
Traditionally, professionals in the mental health field have been permitted to regulate themselves under the ethical condition that they place the welfare of the general public above their own interests (Bernard & Goodyear, 2004). The counseling...
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Second Life: Implications for Counselor Education
Virtual world technology offers an environment for web-based learning, e-business, web play, and course management (i.e. vehicle for class discussions) (Childress & Braswell, 2006; Gaimster, 2007). Virtual world technology has also been commonly...
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Neglect, Physical and Sexual Abuse: A Look at Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Alternatively known as "shell shock" or "combat neurosis", Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has long been around, but has not always been recognized as a disorder in the world psychiatric classifications. With PTSD being identified with war, the...
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Vol. 38, No. 2, Fall-Winter

From the Editor
The purpose of any academic journal on the state level is, in my opinion, twofold; to add to the body of knowledge of the profession, and to offer useful, relevant, and practical information to the membership of the state association. Due to the miracle...
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Individual and Family Correlates of Adolescents' Sexual Behavior: Multiethnic Findings
Correlates of Adolescents' Sexual Behavior: Multiethnic Findings Adolescence is a time of exploration of one's own limits. Currently many teenagers discover their own boundaries through risky sexual behaviors. The price for early onset of sexual...
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Supporting and Preparing Future First-Generation College Students in the High School Environment: Implications for School Counselors
According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) position statement on academic and career planning (2006), "professional school counselors implement academic and career planning based on students' abilities, interests, and goals with...
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Treatment Compliance in Group Therapy: Issues and Interventions
Treatment Compliance in Group Therapy Treatment compliance has consistently been an issue in mental health treatment, and it can have very specific implications for group treatment. Premature loss of group members can result in lack of group cohesion,...
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Vol. 38, No. 1, Spring

From the Editor
It has been my goal to expand the editorial review board for our journal with people who bring the unique blend of academic acumen and real world experience. In that way, we can shape submitted articles so they are not only academically sound, but...
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Multicultural Competence & Ethical Decision-Making in School Counselors
Multicultural Competence and Ethical Decision-Making in School Counselors It is unlikely school counselors will find clear concise responses to all of the ethical dilemmas that they face (Remley & Huey, 2002). Lambie (2005) concurs, "Rarely...
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School Counselor Roles and Preparation
School Counselor Roles and Preparation Counselor educators are frequently confronted with the daunting task of providing school counselor graduate students with a solid theoretical foundation, while at the same time, keeping abreast of practical...
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Multicultural Counselor Competency in College Counseling Centers: Recommendations for Implementation
Multicultural Counseling Competency in College Counseling Centers: Recommendations for Implementation By necessity, counseling professionals are challenged with meeting the service needs of individuals from diverse groups. To answer the challenge,...
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Vol. 37, No. 1, Spring-Summer

From the Editorial Desk
Let me begin my first note to our readers with a word of thanks to our outgoing editor, Dr. Arnie Coven. For the past three years, Dr. Coven has guided our journal and helped to provide valuable information to the profession. In fact, while I may have...
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The Development of an Emotional Response to Writing Measure: The Affective Cognition Writing Survey
It has been demonstrated that the disclosure of events and in particular traumatic events for most people is therapeutic (Frattaroli, 2006). Connecting emotions, language processing, and cognition (Pennebaker & Francis, 1996) has led to research...
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Spiritual and Religious Considerations of Michigan Counseling Association Members
As counselors, avenues for explicitly exploring the role of spirituality in our own lives and in the lives of our clients have been wrought with uncertainty, mired by potential threats to personal freedoms, and filled with ethical dilemmas. Counselors,...
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Vol. 37, No. 2, Winter

From the Editor
The Michigan Counseling Association is in the midst of tremendous transformation. Divisions are shifting and merging, membership continues to go up and down in dramatic fashion, and the administrative structure is in the midst of a major overhaul....
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One White Counselor Educator's Process of Racial Reeducation
One White Counselor Educator's Process of Racial Reeducation A positive racial identity is the ability to appreciate one's own race/ culture without making judgments about its superiority over that of others (Helms, 1984). I have struggled to teach...
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Wen-Wu in Counseling with Men
Wen-Wu in Counseling with Men Men do not attend mental health treatment at the same rate as women (Prior, 1999; Vessey & Howard, 1993). Scholars have suggested that men are not attracted to mental health counseling because it does not honor...
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Increasing Self-Empowerment Related to Depression among Court-Involved Youth: The Moods Matter Project
Increasing Self-Empowerment related to Depression among Court-Involved Youth: The Moods Matter Project One of the most prevalent and serious mental health disorders among adolescents is depression. In fact, the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and...
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Vol. 36, No. 2, Fall-Winter

From the Editorial Desk
This issue marks the third and last year for this editor. This experience has been both an enriching and learning experience for me. I have had the opportunity to interact with Counselor-Educators, Counselors, Researchers and other professionals across...
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An Investigation of School Counselor and School Counselor Trainee Activities
The leaders of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the professional organization that creates policy and advocates for school counselors, state: "[professional school counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs...
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Victims of Domestic Violence and Front-Line Workers: A Helping Paradigm
Domestic violence is a national health problem and involves virtually every sector of society, regardless of ethnicity, social status, religion, sexual orientation, or gender (Caetano, Field, Ramisetty-Mikler, & McGrath, 2005; Durose, Harlow, &...
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The Effects of Sexual Assault on the Identity Development of Black College Women
Colleges and universities remain settings where women are particularly at risk for experiencing all forms of unwanted sexual activity, namely, sexual assault (Cass, 2007). While there are different types of sexual assault--acquaintance rape, date rape,...
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Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring-Summer

Professional Identity of Counseling: A Template for Action
The professional identity of counseling is an issue that has long been discussed in the counseling literature (Auxier, Hughes, & Klein, 2003; Gale & Austin, 2003; Goodyear, 1984; Hanna & Bemak, 1997; Hill, 2004; Leinbaugh, Hazler, Bradley,...
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Ethnic Identity and Acculturation of English as Second Language Learners: Implications for School Counselors
Identity is a crucial part of an individual's self-concept as defined by Tajfel (1981) and thus influenced by theoretical areas of: (a) racial identity; (b) ego identity; and (c) ethnic identity. According to Lee (2001) significant increases in multicultural...
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No Child Overlooked: Mental Health Triage in the Schools
The acuity of mental health needs is increasing at an alarming rate. It has been reported that "one in five children or adolescents in the U.S. manifest a diagnosable mental health or addictive disorder" (Couse & Srebnik, 2003). Today's children...
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Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall

From the Editorial Desk
This is the second issue of the Michigan Journal of Counseling this year. It represents the editorial board's effort to compensate for the extensive time required to publish the first issue. The present plan is to publish two issues per year, one in...
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The Status of Licensed Professional Counselors in Michigan Public Universities
Professionals with a graduate degree in counseling work in diverse capacities in institutions of higher education providing career counseling, mental health counseling, and student personnel services (Dean & Meadows, 1995). What differentiates...
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Cultural Variations in Parenting and Implications for the Counseling Professional
Culture can be defined in words that we all understand, and yet can be the source of many misunderstandings. Counselors working in the pluralistic society of today are faced with the challenge of understanding the impact of culture on the counseling...
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An Examination of the Process, Outcomes and Attitudes of Counselor-Trainees Participating in an Experiential Group: An Exploratory Study
According to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 2001 Guidelines, Master's level programs are required to offer at least one course in group work. The Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)...
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Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring-Summer

From the Editorial Desk
I am the new editor of the Michigan Journal of Counseling: Research, Theory, and Practice, formerly known as Dimensions of Counseling. The co-editors are Dr. Lisa Hawley, Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Oakland University, and Dr. Dan...
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The Overlooked Group: Career Preparation for Counselors-in-Training
In its standards for the preparation of professional counselors, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, 2001) identifies career development as one of the core areas in which students should have knowledge...
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An Arena for Success: Exploring Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy
Therapeutic interventions have been a priority within the court systems to remediate the behavior of youths that have been adjudicated (Clark, 2001). Treatment interventions, involving traditional "talk" therapy in individual and family counseling...
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Cyber Pox: A Look at Female Adolescent Cyber Bullying
Bullying is no longer limited to direct physical or verbal confrontations in the schoolyard. Technology has enabled bullying to expand into cyber space. The power of the Internet and its influence on the lives of teens should not be underestimated....
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