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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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Hartman, Anthony; Schuermann, Hope; Kenney, Jovanna – Professional Counselor, 2018
Despite efforts to boost mental health treatment-seeking behaviors by combat veterans, rates have improved relatively little since 2004. Previous work suggests that trust and confidence in the mental health community may be a significant factor. This study explored how professional titles may impact trust and confidence among active-duty U.S. Army…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Armed Forces, Trust (Psychology), Help Seeking
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Saliba, Yvette; Barden, Sejal – Professional Counselor, 2017
Occupational stress is a top source of stress for over 65% of Americans due to extended hours in the workplace. Recent changes in health care have encouraged employers to build workplace wellness programs to improve physical and mental health for employees to mitigate the effects of occupational stress. Wellness programs focus on either disease…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Stress Variables, Occupational Safety and Health, Wellness
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Litam, Stacey Diane A. – Professional Counselor, 2017
The social justice issue of human sex trafficking is a global form of oppression that places men, women and children at risk for sexual exploitation. Although a body of research exists on the topics of human trafficking, literature specific to the mental health implications for counselors working with this population is limited. Counselors should…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sexual Abuse, Crime, Victims of Crime
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Tello, Angelica M.; Castellon, Nancy E.; Aguilar, Alejandra; Sawyer, Cheryl B. – Professional Counselor, 2017
The United States has recently seen a significant increase in the number of unaccompanied minors from the Northern Triangle of Central America (i.e., El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala). These children and youth are refugees fleeing extreme poverty and gang violence. This study examined the narratives of 16 refugees from the Northern Triangle…
Descriptors: Refugees, Poverty, Juvenile Gangs, Personal Narratives
Acquaye, Hannah E. – Professional Counselor, 2017
Refugees report several mental health challenges associated with pre-, peri-, and post-flight conditions. Some of these challenges include fear, anxiety, hypervigilance, hyperarousal, and nightmares--symptoms that could meet the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Despite these challenges, some refugees also report…
Descriptors: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Resilience (Psychology), Positive Attitudes, Religious Factors
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Collins, Traci P. – Professional Counselor, 2014
School counselors are a well-positioned resource to reach the significant number of children and adolescents with mental health problems. In this special school counseling issue of "The Professional Counselor," some articles focus on systemic, top-down advocacy efforts as the point of intervention for addressing child and adolescent…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Mental Health Programs, Health Needs, School Counselors
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Ackerman, Ashley M.; Wantz, Richard A.; Firmin, Michael W; Poindexter, Dawn C.; Pujara, Amita L. – Professional Counselor, 2014
Undergraduate perceptions of the overall effectiveness of six types of mental health service providers (MHSPs) were obtained with a survey. Although many mental health services are available to consumers in the United States, research has indicated that these services are underutilized. Perceptions have been linked to therapeutic outcomes and may…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Mental Health Programs, Mental Health Workers, Student Attitudes
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Shi, Qi; Liu, Xi; Leuwerke, Wade – Professional Counselor, 2014
This study sought to examine students' perceptions of their school counselors in two high schools in Beijing, China. Independent t tests found that female students rated school counselors' availability significantly higher than male students did. Also, students who had received prior counseling services rated counselors significantly higher in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, School Counselors, High School Students
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Duncan, Kelly; Brown-Rice, Kathleen; Bardhoshi, Gerta – Professional Counselor, 2014
This study explored rural school counselors' perceptions of clinical supervision. School counselors working in rural communities commonly encounter issues that challenge their ability to provide competent counseling services to the students they serve. School counselors serving in these areas are often the only rural mental health provider in…
Descriptors: School Counselors, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, Mental Health
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Lorelle, Sonya; Byrd, Rebekah; Crockett, Stephanie – Professional Counselor, 2012
Scholars have examined globalization for many years in terms of its impact on individuals, but it remains a concept not often discussed in the counseling literature. As counseling transforms from a Western-based practice to a global phenomenon, it is important to understand professional counseling within an international and multicultural context.…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Counseling, Counselors, Professional Identity
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