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Volume 28, Number 4, October 2006


1. Developing JMHC Content-Related Submission Guidelines (Pages 283-285)

James R. Rogers

Over the past year, the Editorial Board members, the associate editors and I have engaged in an e-mail-based discussion aimed at provided clarification to potential contributors to the journal through the development of content-related submission guidelines. As with many journals, the JMHC receives a number of submissions that are judged as not appropriate for the journal because of the topic. Sometimes these determinations are made at the editorial office upon receipt of the manuscripts and sometimes the decision is made following the initial round of reviews. In either case, this process can be frustrating and needlessly time consuming for both the authors and the editorial board members who are providing their expertise in reviewing manuscripts as a professional service.
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2. Theory and Practice Submissions to the JMHC: Keeping the “Mental Health” in Mental Health Counseling (Pages 286-288)

Victoria E. Kress, Youngstown State University

It is an honor to be named as the new associate editor of the Practice and Theory sections of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC). In assuming this role, I follow in the steps of the many distinguished associate editors who have influenced the development of this journal, and I thank them for their many contributions.
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3. Discovery and Creation within the Counseling Process: Reflections on the Timeless Nature of the Helping Encounter (Pages 289-308)

James T. Hansen

Discovery and creation are significant elements of experience within the counseling process. These terms can also serve as metaphors for modern and postmodern epistemologies. These dual meanings for discovery and creation are exploited to examine the intersection of counseling and philosophy, particularly in terms of the timeless nature of the helping encounter.
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4. The Other Side of Psychopharmacology: A Review of the Literature (Pages 309-337)

Thomas L. Murray, Jr.

A number of literature reviews exist that support the use of psychotropic medications. This article provides a review of the disconfirming literature regarding psychopharmacology use. Comparing the first review of psychopharmacology published in the counseling field two decades earlier to what is known currently, I examine recent developments in psychopharmacology research focusing on the safety, efficacy, side-effects, and theoretical assumptions of various classes of psychotropic medications. This article concludes by addressing counselor identity, practice and training concerns vis-à-vis psychiatric medications and the medical model.
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5. Potential Stressors Contributing to Eating Disorder Symptoms in African American Women: Implications for Mental Health Counselors (Pages 338-352)

Regine M. Talleyrand

Eating disorders initially were considered to occur among young, White middle class women. However, during the last two decades, high rates of obesity-related symptoms (e.g., binge-eating) and obesity have been documented among African American women. Despite emerging findings about the presence of eating and health concerns among African American women, few counseling models of eating disorder symptomatology have included the socialization experiences of African American women.This paper examines, from a contextual perspective, the unique stressors that may contribute to eating disorder symptoms in African American women. Implications for race and culture-specific counseling are discussed and recommendations for mental health counselors are presented.
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6. Linking Life- and Suicide-Related Goal Directed Processes: A Qualitative Study (Pages 353-372)

Ladislav Valach; Konrad Michel; Pascal Dey; Richard Young

Note: A shorter version of this article was presented at the Conference of the European Society for Suicide Prevention, Copenhagen, 2004. Previous analyses of the narratives of 40 persons hospitalized in a general hospital after suicide attempt found that they described their suicide attempts as goal-directed processes, sometimes planned in advance, sometimes executed spontaneously. They also described short-term actions, mid-term projects, and long-term careers reflecting goal-directed processes related to maintaining and developing their lives. In this qualitative study that reports on a re-analysis of these data, the research participants’ narratives were examined for links between life-related and suicide-related goal-directed processes. The analysis followed a distinction between a goal-directed view of suicide processes and a dynamic systems view. The findings indicated that some links were goal-directed and consistent with the reasoning of life-maintaining projects.These “top-down” links between liferelated and the suicide-related goal-directed processes reflected the goal-directed view of suicide processes. Other links indicated a substantially limited capacity for goal-directedness, reflecting the “bottom-up” dynamic systems view. Finally, a third group of links reflected a mix of “top-down” and “bottom-up” processes. Implications are offered for mental health counselors working with suicidal clients.
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