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Claudia G. Interiano-Shiverdecker; Devon E. Romero; Katherine E. McVay; Emily Satel; Kendra Smith – Professional Counselor, 2024
In this transcendental phenomenological study, we interviewed 10 counselors who have clinical experience working with sex trafficking survivors. Through in-depth individual interviews, participants discussed their lived experiences providing counseling to this population. Our analysis revealed four primary themes: (a) counselor knowledge:…
Descriptors: Counselor Qualifications, Sexual Abuse, Crime, Knowledge Level
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Sunanda M. Sharma; Jennifer E. Bianchini; Zeynep L. Cakmak; MaryRose Kaplan; Muninder K. Ahluwalia – Professional Counselor, 2024
According to the American Counseling Association and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, social justice advocacy is an ethical imperative for counselors and a training standard for counseling students. As a group of socially conscious mental health counseling students and faculty, we developed and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Advocacy, Peer Groups, Counselor Training
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Melissa D. Deroche; Lee Za Ong; Jennifer M. Cook – Professional Counselor, 2024
Microaggressions are commonplace overt and covert forms of discrimination that convey disparaging messages to individuals who hold marginalized identities, including people with disabilities (PWD). Although PWD are a prevalent nondominant identity group in the United States, little is known about the occurrence of ableist microaggressions in this…
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Social Discrimination, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Individual Characteristics
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Rommel Johnson – Professional Counselor, 2024
Black, school-aged youth may experience socioeconomic, psychological, and emotional difficulties that affect their mental health, leading to maladaptive ways of coping, such as cannabis use. Instead of getting treatment and support to help them manage their stressors in positive ways, Black youth often receive punitive school practices, including…
Descriptors: African Americans, Youth, Marijuana, African American Students
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Nelson Handal; Emma Quadlander-Goff; Laura Handal Abularach; Sarah Seghrouchni; Barbara Baldwin – Professional Counselor, 2024
Understanding the overlap of symptoms between oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and obsessivecompulsive disorder (OCD) experienced by youth is pertinent for accurate diagnosis. A quantitative, retrospective, cross-sectional design format was used to assess the relationship between ODD and OCD in addition to evaluating the difference in ODD…
Descriptors: Mental Disorders, Severity (of Disability), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Correlation
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K. Lynn Pierce – Professional Counselor, 2024
Persistent ableism in higher education, counseling practice, and society necessitates disability justice advocacy. In this article, the author explores the historical context of disability and the importance of disability knowledge for counselors and counselor educators. In addition to discrimination and inaccessibility, able privilege and lack of…
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Counselor Educators, Counselor Training, Counselors
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Julie Smith-Yliniemi; Krista M. Malott; JoAnne Riegert; Susan F. Branco – Professional Counselor, 2024
Faith and Indigenous healing ceremonies offer spiritually oriented interventions that maintain client wellness or mitigate client existential, biopsychosocial, or spiritual distress. Mental health practitioners of all identities may ethically apply ceremony-assisted treatments with Native and non-Native populations. Three such interventions are…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Ethics, Ceremonies, American Indians
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Brown-Smythe, Claudette; Sultana, Shirin – Professional Counselor, 2023
We examined the extent to which anxious attachment and avoidant attachment predicted loneliness and social self-efficacy among 863 college students. Further, we investigated whether social self-efficacy mediated the relationships between the two insecure attachment styles and loneliness. Pearson correlations and regression analysis showed that…
Descriptors: College Students, Predictor Variables, Anxiety, Attachment Behavior
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Sackett, Corrine R.; Mack, Heather L.; Sharma, Jyotsana; Cook, Ryan M.; Dogan-Dixon, Jardin – Professional Counselor, 2023
Microaggressions can and do occur in the counseling process, yet there is a dearth of literature about how counselors-in-training (CITs) experience this phenomenon from clients or how they may respond to clients who perpetuate microaggressions against them in a therapeutic setting. Therefore, in this constructivist phenomenological study, we…
Descriptors: Aggression, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselor Training, Therapy
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Lancaster, Chloe; Brasfield, Michelle W. – Professional Counselor, 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unparalleled disruption of student learning, disengaged students from school and peers, increased exposure to trauma, and had a negative impact on students' mental health and well-being. School counselors are the most accessible mental health care professionals in a school, providing support for all students' social…
Descriptors: School Counseling, School Counselors, Counselor Attitudes, COVID-19
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Wright, Warren; Stover, Jennifer Hatchett; Brown-Rice, Kathleen – Professional Counselor, 2023
Racial trauma has become a common topic of discussion in professional counseling. This concept is also known as race-based traumatic stress, and it addresses how racially motivated incidents impede emotional and mental health for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Research about this topic and strategies to reduce its impact are…
Descriptors: Trauma, Race, Counselors, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
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Mi Choi, Kyoung; Hyun, Jung H. – Professional Counselor, 2023
This study, using a transcendental phenomenological approach, explored the perceptions and experiences of school counselor trainees participating in a self-care course grounded in mindfulness and social--emotional learning. Seven students who enrolled in a master's-level school counseling program and completed a summer self-care course shared…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Counselor Training, School Counseling
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Emelianchik-Key, Kelly; Glass, Bridget; Labarta, Adriana C. – Professional Counselor, 2023
Teen dating violence (TDV) is an ongoing epidemic in the United States. Subsequently, gender symmetry regarding the experience and perpetration of violence continues to be a prevalent debate in American society. TDV is a clinical concern that can impact clients' safety; therefore, counselors must be adequately trained and cognizant of any biases…
Descriptors: Dating (Social), Violence, Gender Differences, Adolescents
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Arielle Bendit; Melissa Mariani; Paul Peluso; Elisa Calabrese – Professional Counselor, 2023
Meeting the unique needs of high-achieving students is particularly challenging for professional counselors. Currently, there is a paucity of research that prioritizes the needs and social-emotional development of high-achieving students in accelerated curricula. This study examined the effectiveness of a modified version of the cognitive…
Descriptors: High School Students, High Achievement, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Wesley B. Webber; W. Leigh Atherton; Kelli S. Russell; Hilary J. Flint; Stephen J. Leierer – Professional Counselor, 2023
The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to manage it have affected mental health around the world. Although early research on the COVID-19 pandemic showed a general decline in mental health after the pandemic began, mental health in later stages of the pandemic might be improving alongside other changes (e.g., availability of vaccines, return to…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), COVID-19
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