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Kalkbrenner, Michael T. – Professional Counselor, 2020
College counselors work collaboratively with professionals in a variety of disciplines in higher education to coordinate gatekeeper training to prepare university community members to recognize and refer students in mental distress to support services. This article describes the cross-validation of scores on the Mental Distress Response Scale…
Descriptors: School Counselors, Mental Health, College Faculty, Higher Education
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Marburger, Kathryn; Pickover, Sheri – Professional Counselor, 2020
Providing treatment to survivors of human trafficking requires mental health professionals to understand complex layers of multiple traumas. These layers include an understanding of how trafficking occurs; what gender, ages, sexual orientations, life circumstances, and ethnicities are most at risk to be trafficked; the lasting impact of…
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Mental Health, Crime, Gender Differences
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Lane, Joel A. – Professional Counselor, 2020
To improve conceptualizations of college student mental health, the present study (N = 538) compared predictors of well-being that comprise both well-established counseling theories (e.g., attachment) and newer models specific to the life experience of the millennial generation and Generation Z. Predictors included internal resources (i.e.,…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Self Concept, Resilience (Psychology), Young Adults
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Wagner, Nathaniel J.; Grunhaus, Colleen M. L.; Tuazon, Victor E. – Professional Counselor, 2020
According to recent research, counselors may benefit from a variety of supports offered by mental health agencies after a client dies by suicide. Research is sparse concerning how often agency supports and outreach are offered to counselors and what supports counselors find to be the most helpful after a client suicide. In this cross-sectional…
Descriptors: Suicide, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselor Training, Empathy
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Hannor-Walker, TeShaunda; Bohecker, Lynn; Ricks, Lacey; Kitchens, Sarah – Professional Counselor, 2020
Literature does little to explore the perceptions of Black adolescents with depression or their perspective of treatment effectiveness. Studies are usually from urban areas and there is a dearth of research with Black adolescents from rural areas. This study explored the unique personal experiences of Black adolescents located in the rural…
Descriptors: African Americans, Adolescents, Depression (Psychology), Rural Areas
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Gutierrez, Daniel; Crowe, Allison; Mullen, Patrick R.; Pignato, Laura; Fan, Shuhui – Professional Counselor, 2020
Researchers used path analysis to examine self-stigma, help seeking, and alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in a community sample of individuals (N = 406) recruited through the crowdsourcing platform MTurk. Self-stigma of help seeking contributed to AOD use and was mediated by help-seeking attitudes. We discuss the implications for advocacy and…
Descriptors: Help Seeking, Substance Abuse, Positive Attitudes, Intervention
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Crowe, Allison; Averett, Paige; Harris, Janeé R. Avent; Crumb, Loni; Littlewood, Kerry – Professional Counselor, 2019
The following study assessed the utility of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services' definition of mental health among participants in the rural Southeastern United States. Using deductive coding, qualitative results revealed that participants do not conceptualize mental health in comprehensive terms. Rather, they tend to describe mental…
Descriptors: Definitions, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Cognitive Ability
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Wagener, Alwin E.; Jones, Laura K.; Hinkle, J. Scot – Professional Counselor, 2019
The global burden of disease related to mental health is astronomical and growing, with underprivileged countries being disproportionately affected. The Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program was designed by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to address the need for greater mental health support within international communities…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Developing Nations, Economically Disadvantaged
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Fullen, Matthew C.; Wiley, Jonathan D.; Morgan, Amy A. – Professional Counselor, 2019
This interpretative phenomenological analysis explored licensed professional counselors' experiences of turning away Medicare beneficiaries because of the current Medicare mental health policy. Researchers used semi-structured interviews to explore the client-level barriers created by federal legislation that determines professional counselors as…
Descriptors: Health Insurance, Social Services, Counselors, Access to Health Care
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Robino, Ariann Evans – Professional Counselor, 2019
Explanations of compassion fatigue generally consider the client--counselor relationship as the primary source of challenges to wellness. Because of the nature of the current sociopolitical climate and the increased exposure through media, the counseling profession should consider expanding the influences on compassion fatigue related to current…
Descriptors: Altruism, Emotional Response, Counselor Client Relationship, Wellness
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Joe, J. Richelle; Shillingford-Butler, M. Ann; Oh, Seungbin – Professional Counselor, 2019
In this phenomenological study, the authors explored the lived experiences of 19 African American mothers raising boys and young men to understand how media exposure to community and state violence connects to the physical and mental health of these mothers. Analysis of semi-structured individual interviews revealed six themes: psychological…
Descriptors: African Americans, Mothers, Child Rearing, Sons
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Rogers, Jennifer L.; Crocket, Jamie E.; Suess, Esther – Professional Counselor, 2019
About one in four women will experience miscarriage of pregnancy, which can be the impetus for significant and persistent psychological distress. Because of cultural norms of silence and minimization around pregnancy loss, as well as a notable lack of scholarship on the topic, counselors may neglect this area in their clinical work. This article…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Counseling Techniques, Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns
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Crumb, Loni; Haskins, Natoya; Brown, Shanita – Professional Counselor, 2019
This phenomenological study explored the experiences of 15 professional counselors who work with clients living in impoverished communities in rural America. Researchers used individual semi-structured interviews to gather data and identified four themes that represented the counselors' experiences using the Multicultural and Social Justice…
Descriptors: Poverty Areas, Social Justice, Advocacy, Mental Health
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Burns, Stephanie T.; Cruikshanks, Daniel R. – Professional Counselor, 2018
Many professional counseling organizations act to strengthen counselor professional identity to achieve parity for counselors. However, independently licensed counselors often identify themselves as "therapists" or "psychotherapists" as a means of helping others understand their occupational role and establishing their…
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Accreditation (Institutions), Professional Identity, Counselor Educators
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Kalkbrenner, Michael T.; Sink, Christopher A. – Professional Counselor, 2018
College counselors provide training to their campus constituents on various mental health issues, including the identification of warning signs and the referral of students to appropriate resources. Though extensive information on these topics is available in the counseling literature, college counselors lack a psychometrically sound screening…
Descriptors: Mental Health, School Counselors, Test Construction, Self Determination
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