|Advocate: November 2010|
CALLING ON LOVING KINDNESS IN THE CLINICAL SETTING -- FOR CLIENTS AND OURSELVES
By Leslie A. Chertok, LMHC Breathe deeply, maintain eye contact. I closed the door behind my clients, took two steps to my desk, and crumpled into the chair. I stared out the window into the dark night until my head cleared, then packed up my briefcase and went home.
COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S SAY
By Tom J. Ferro, LCPC As I read Leslie Chertok’s article on practicing loving kindness with difficult clients, I couldn’t help but think about some of those challenging and difficult clients I have experienced over the years. I realize how much of an emotional toll it takes on us as mental health counselors to deal with difficult clients in our practice.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: THE LATEST ON MEDICARE, VA JOBS, AND TRICARE
By Julie A. Clements, JD AMHCA has renewed its push for Medicare eligibility of licensed mental health counselors. In the past few weeks, AMHCA has met with numerous Senate offices, asking that Senators, in particular those serving on the Finance Committee, sign onto S. 671, the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act.
Pearson Named JMHC Editor-Elect Quinn M. Pearson, PhD, LPC, has been named editor-elect of AMHCA’s flagship journal, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC). A professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Alabama, Pearson served as a member of the JMHC editorial board from 2002-–2008, and will assume the three-year term on July 1, 2011.
STUDENT CORNER: EMBRACING THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IN AN EXAMINED LIFE
By Jodi L. Bartley Socrates once stated famously that, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I have come to believe that the unexamined counselor is not worth counseling. Self-awareness is surely one of the fundamental ingredients of the effective counselor, and I have discovered that delving into one’s inner psyche is quite a courageous endeavor!
COUNSELING TIPS: HOW DO THE STORIES WE TELL AFFECT OUR BELIEFS ABOUT OURSELVES?
By Gray Otis, PhD, LPC, CCMHC “Jeremy” was convinced he would forever be chronically depressed. After all, Jeremy reported, he had “always” been depressed. Now in his 50s, Jeremy had been married for more than 30 years to a devoted partner, they shared positive relationships with their three children, and professionally he was a success.
REFLECTIONS: QUEEN-SIZED: BODY IMAGE & SELF-PERCEPTION
By Nancy Heller Moskowitz, Adolescent girls often have a distorted view of their body size and image. As we know, many develop episodes of anorexia and bulimia, which can haunt them for many years. Although this isn’t a hot topic in today’s literature, as clinicians, we still see both groups coming through our doors.
THE LAST WORD: Mental Mental Health Counseling Boosts Recovery Rates of Depressed People With Heart
Heart disease, or coronary artery disease, is still the number-one killer of both men and women in the United States. The treatment for heart disease, typically an invasive surgical procedure known as Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), results in an unusually high incidence of depression post-surgery—almost six times the annual depression incidence rate for the general population.