The Professional Counselor


Vol. 10, No. 1, 2020

A Comparative Analysis of Traditional and Online Counselor Training Program Delivery and Instruction
Online counselor education training programs have continued to be developed year after year and have grown in both popularity and effectiveness. Recent trends in graduate education reflect online instruction as part of common practice (Kumar et al.,...
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Opportunities and Challenges of Multicultural and International Online Education
The growth in distance learning has led to an integration of technology in the curriculum over the past two decades (Allen et al., 2016). Counselor educators now can deliver distance learning courses internationally via videoconference systems, such...
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Student Selection, Development and Retention: A Commentary on Supporting Student Success in Distance Counselor Education
Distance counselor education has evolved from a place of skepticism to an accepted and legitimate method of training master's- and doctoral-level counselors and counselor educators and supervisors. Snow et al. (2018) noted that "Changing the minds of...
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Legal and Ethical Challenges in Online Counselor Education
There are many reasons to consider online education when becoming a counselor or choosing a career as a counselor educator. Convenience, accessibility, and opportunities to interface with colleagues across the country and around the world are common...
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Incidence of Intentional Nondisclosure in Clinical Supervision by Prelicensed Counselors
Counselors who desire licensure as full, independent professional counselors must complete a postgraduate supervised field experience (Henriksen et al., 2019). The primary purpose of postgraduate supervision is to ensure that prelicensed counselors provide...
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Cross-Validation of the Mental Distress Response Scale: Implications for Counselors
College counselors play crucial roles in supporting students' personal, social, and academic growth, as well as students' success (Golightly et al., 2017). Outreach and prevention programming, including campus violence prevention and supporting college...
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Online Clinical Training in the Virtual Remote Environment: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions
The rapid development of technology over the past decade has caused significant changes in higher education (Swanger, 2018). According to Allen et al. (2016), in 2015 over 6 million students participated in distance learning courses. Following these...
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Distance Counselor Education: Past Present, Future
Counselor educators have become comfortable and adept over the years at fostering students' development in clinical skills in traditional residential formats. For many counseling faculty, in-class, face-to-face (F2F), personal encounters are foundational...
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A Comprehensive Perspective on Treating Victims of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is often referred to as modern-day slavery and is found in every corner of the globe (Cecchet & Thoburn, 2014; Department of Homeland Security [DHS], n.d.; Gerassi, 2015; Hardy et al., 2013; Hodge, 2014; Litam, 2017; Polaris, n.d.-b;...
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Online Counselor Education: A Student-Faculty Collaboration
Online counselor education has been a reality since the late 1990s, yet little is known about the training experiences of students in these programs. At the time of this writing, there are approximately 79 master's and doctoral online counseling programs...
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Vol. 6, No. 3, 2016

School Counselors and a Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Cultivating Systemic Change and Equitable Outcomes
School counselors must proactively adapt to the varied mandates of school reform and educational innovations. Similarly, with new federal and state legislation, they must align their roles and functions in accordance with their changing requirements...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, 2015

The School Counselor and Special Education: Aligning Training with Practice
The enactment of special education laws and mandates such as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (PL 94-142) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which require schools to provide free appropriate public education...
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Professional Counseling for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder
Children experience the world through their senses-the sound of the air conditioner running in their classroom, the feel of a chair under their legs, the sight of a colorful wall, the smell of food cooking, the muscle movement used to pick up a toy....
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Because "Mama" Said So: A Counselor-Parent Commentary on Counseling Children with Disabilities
I am a counselor, a life coach and the parent of an individual with a disability. Since entering the disability community 28 years ago with the birth of my daughter, I have attended both workshops and seminars designed to assist parents concerning children...
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Vol. 4, No. 5, 2014

Development of a Logic Model to Guide Evaluations of the ASCA National Model for School Counseling Programs
Since its initial publication in 2003, The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs has had a dramatic impact on the practice of school counseling (American School Counselor Association [ASCA], 2003). Many states have revised their...
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Group Counseling with South Asian Immigrant High School Girls: Reflections and Commentary of a Group Facilitator
The United States has seen a marked increase in the number of children who have at least one parent bom outside the United States (Capps et al., 2005). Between 1995 and 2012, the population of first- and secondgeneration immigrant children in the United...
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Vol. 4, No. 3, 2014

Back to Basics: Using the DSM-5 to Benefit Clients
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is an update of a major diagnostic tool (APA, 2013). The manual was originally designed to help mental health professionals within a wide variety of disciplines assess...
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Historical Underpinnings, Structural Alterations and Philosophical Changes: Counseling Practice Implications of the DSM-5
By definition, counseling is a professional relationship between client and counselor based on empowerment, rooted in diversity, and committed to accomplishing mental health, wellness, education and career goals of individuals, families and groups (Kaplan,...
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DSM-5 Conceptual Changes: Innovations, Limitations and Clinical Implications
The DSM is probably one of the most widely referenced texts in the mental health field. Considering this scope of influence, the release of its latest edition, DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013), has garnered considerable interest among...
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The Removal of the Multiaxial System in the DSM-5: Implications and Practice Suggestions for Counselors
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) developed the original Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1952 to create a uniform way to define mental health disorders. At the time, the manual contained narrative, psychodynamic...
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Clinical Application of the DSM-5 in Private Counseling Practice
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; APA, 2013) continues its 60-year legacy as a standard reference for clinical practice in the mental health field. This practical, functional and flexible guide is...
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Vol. 4, No. 2, 2014

Revolving Doors: The Impact of Multiple School Transitions on Military Children
The Department of Defense (DOD) Demographics Report (2010) revealed that approximately 1.85 million children have one or both parents serving in the U.S. military. The report further explained that 1.2 million of these children have active-duty parents,...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012

Addiction Counseling Accreditation: CACREP's Role in Solidifying the Counseling Profession
In this article, the authors discuss CACREP's role in furthering the specialty of addiction counseling. After sharing a brief history and the role of counselor certification and licensure, the authors share the process whereby CACREP developed the first...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012

Addiction Counseling Licensure Issues for Licensed Professional Counselors
Go To DigestThis article addresses the obstacles of effectively integrating addiction counseling into a nationwide definition of professional counseling scope of practice. The article covers an overview of issues, specific licensure and credentialing...
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