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Volume 27, Number 3, July 2005


1. The JMHC: Alive and Well and Moving Forward (Pages 189-192)

James R. Rogers

I am very honored and excited to be taking over as editor of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC). I am especially pleased to be following in the footsteps of Dr. Carole Pistole whose stewardship of the journal over the past three years has been exemplary. I owe Carole a special note of thanks for allowing me to serve the journal as associate editor for research during her term and for her continued support during the transition from her editorship to mine. I am also aware that the current status of the journal is a function of the dedication and hard work of all of the previous editors and their editorial boards and want to recognize that work. Specifically to my development, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the influence of two of JMHC’s previous editors to my career: Dr. Earl Ginter (1993) and Dr. Kevin Kelly (1996). Drs. Ginter and Kelly have been instrumental in my development as a researcher and scholar over the years and I continue to consider them among my most valued colleagues.
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2. The Context of Contribution: Publishing Practice Articles in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (Pages 193-196)

Bernard S. Jesiolowski

THE COSMOLOGICAL CONTEXT OF CONTRIBUTION: THE REALLY BIG PICTURE We are born, we live and we die. Everything is born, lives and dies: from a quark to a grain of sand, to an ocean, to a human being, to a thought, to a star, to a galaxy … to the universe itself. We are an instant between two eternities, an incredibly complex and transient “pinch” of space and time in the incomprehensible ocean of energy which we call the universe. Countless contributing factors and energies have emerged and interacted to create us here and now. Reese (1998) states: 
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3. Research submissions to JMHC: Perspectives from the Associate Editor (Pages 197-204)

Loreto R. Prieto

I am extremely pleased to serve as the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) associate editor for research, especially as the role affords me the opportunity to work with such fine colleagues as Drs. Jim Rogers, Alex Hall, and Bernie Jesolowski. I also look forward to working with the mental health counselors who submit their work for publication in JMHC; therein lies the true pleasure of editing. The opportunity to work with scholars doing cutting edge research and to read their contributions as they are drafted; fresh from the field, so to speak.
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4. The Seamless Transition: On Exiting the JMHC Editorship (Pages 205-209)

M. Carole Pistole

Being editor of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) has been an honor, a privilege, a learning experience, and a pleasure. I developed many new relationships, through e-mails, particularly with authors and reviewers. Although I met a few of these individuals at professional conferences, for the most part, these relationships have remained delightful dialogues that occurred in virtual space and struck me as somewhat strange because of being devoid of images or vocal tones attached to names and felt connections. These conversations, which illustrate the technologically based changes in the world, were an unexpected perk of the job; and I will miss them. I will also miss being so completely immersed in the breadth of topics and scholarship that fit within JMHC’s mission. As editor, I developed a fuller understanding and appreciation of the several purposes and constituencies associated with both mental health services and AMHCA’s commitment to the intersection of research and theory as contributing to the continuing development of practice. Serendipitously, I have come to feel that I know a little about a lot, because, while engaged in my own professional conversations (e.g., with students), I have discovered a newly developed fund of knowledge.
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5. Truth or Consequences: A Neopragmatic Critique of Contemporary Mental Health Culture (Pages 210-220)

James T. Hansen

The mental health counseling profession has increasingly identified with the values of contemporary mental health culture by adopting a descriptive, medicalized perspective. Using a postmodern, neopragmatic analysis, I argue that the consequences of adopting this perspective must be considered. Two such consequences are discussed: (a) the abandonment of an effective, relational orientation toward helping, and (b) the forfeiting of the unique contribution that a traditional counseling perspective can provide to contemporary mental health culture.
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6. Reaching out: Mental Health Delivery Outside the Box (Pages 221-224)

Stefanía Ægisdóttir; Lawrence Gerstein, Guest Editors

Mental health does not exist in a vacuum. Indeed, a person’s mental health can be influenced by sociocultural, political, and economic forces (Blustein, McWhirter, & Perry, 2005). For this reason, scholars in the mental health field have been increasingly calling for more systematic social justice work and for mental health professionals to identify and operate as social change agents (e.g., Blustein, Elman, & Gerstein, 2002; Fouad et al., 2004; Herr & Niles, 1998; Ivey & Collins, 2003; Kiselica & Robinson, 2001; Speight & Vera, 2004; Toporek, Gerstein, Fouad, Roysircar-Sodowsky, & Israel, in press; Vera & Speight, 2004).
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7. Person-Centered Therapy with Impoverished, Maltreated, and Neglected Children and Adolescents in Brazil (Pages 225-237)

Elizabeth Schmitt Freire; Sílvia Helena Koller; Aline Piason; Renata Beatriz da Silva

This article reports on a program that provides person-centered therapy for impoverished, maltreated, and neglected children and adolescents in Brazil. The program, which is staffed by volunteer therapists, started in 2002. Since then, nearly 100 hundred children and adolescents have received therapy in three institutions, one residential and two nonresidential. The general outcomes are described, leading to the conclusion that person-centered therapy is an effective strategy for the promotion of children’s and adolescents’ resilience, even in the context of multiple adverse conditions such as socioeconomic disadvantage, neglect, maltreatment, and abandonment. We conclude that the multicultural feature of person-centered therapy explains its effectiveness in this distinct population of Brazilian lower-class and non-White children and adolescents.
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8. Staying Normal in an Abnormal Corner of the World: Mental Health Counseling in Israel (Pages 238-248)

Moshe Israelashvili

In the course of the last four years, Israeli citizens have repeatedly been exposed to terrorist attacks, and there are several other issues in Israel’s current situation that highlight the need for intensive mental health counseling. The article focuses on Israeli school counselors and describes some of the problems they were obliged to face in order to help schoolchildren, their families, or the entire school system stay normal in an abnormal situation. These issues include: death and mourning, social cohesion as a risk factor, immigrants’ maladjustment, unemployment, intercultural conflicts, and spiritual debates. Implications for mental health counseling are offered.
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9. Counseling for Adolescents and Children At-Risk in Italy (Pages 249-265)

Salvatore Soresi; Laura Nota; Lea Ferrari

The aim of the present article is to describe the difficulties experienced by some Italian children and adolescents.We distinguish, however, between overt forms of maladjustment, such as juvenile delinquency, drug addiction, depression, and suicidal behavior, and less severe forms of maladjustment, which are generally associated with poor decision-making skills, social difficulties, and unproductive coping strategies. This presentation is then followed by a description of the current counseling situation in Italy.Also presented is a specific counseling program for at-risk young adolescents and children, conducted with a small group of individuals as part of a broader prevention project aimed at preventing bullying.
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10. Psychological and Cultural Influences on Koreans’ Help-Seeking Attitudes (Pages 266-281)

Sung-Kyung Yoo; Michael Goh; Eunju Yoon

This study examined the influence of gender, cultural variables (i.e., horizontal and vertical individualism), and personal psychological variables (i.e., psychological distress, social-network orientation, and self-concealment) on attitudes toward seeking counseling in Korea. For the 142 college student participants, gender, social network orientation, and self-concealment significantly influenced attitudes toward seeking professional help. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis suggested that higher scores on negative social network orientation and self-concealment were associated with lower attitudes toward seeking professional help. Men showed more negative help-seeking attitudes than women. Implications of the findings for developing and delivering counseling services in Korea are discussed.
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