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Journal of Mental Health Counseling
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Volume 30, Number 2, April 2008

 

1. Writing for Publication in the JMHC: Follow the Yellow Brick Road
(Pages 95-104)

Loreto Prieto; Victoria E. Kress

In this editorial, we address common writing errors observed in submissions for publication in the JMHC. We provide suggestions to those seeking publication of their work in JMHC on how to avoid these common pitfalls and improve the chances of their work being more favorably reviewed.
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2. Treating Outpatient Suicidal Adolescents: Guidelines from the Empirical Literature (Pages 105-120)

Jennifer J. Muehlenkamp; Troy W. Ertelt; Jeri Ann Azure

Mental health counselors identify treating suicidal clients as one of the most stressful aspects of their work. Treating suicidal adolescents poses a range of additional challenges. Literature on suicidal behavior continues to grow and potentially efficacious treatments are being developed, however clinicians in the field are provided few guidelines for treating suicidal clients. In this paper we provide a brief review of evidenced-based treatments with suicidal adolescents and offer guidelines for the treatment of suicidal adolescents within outpatient settings. We conclude with a brief overview of special considerations for treating adolescents who are suicidal.
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3. Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience: Improving Mental Health Counseling for Survivors of Hurricane Katrina (Pages 121-136)

Rachael D. Goodman; Cirecie A. West-Olatunji

As disasters increase worldwide, there is greater need for effective and expedient disaster mental health response. The purpose of this paper is to present the etiology of transgenerational trauma to advance mental health counselors’ understanding of the complex issues associated with trauma and disaster. The authors have woven literature from the field of trauma counseling with their own clinical experiences during deployment in post-Katrina New Orleans. The authors assert that mental health counselors can enhance clinical practice by using transgenerational trauma assessment and interventions as well as historical and contextual knowledge. A case example and recommendations are provided to demonstrate how to incorporate transgenerational trauma and resilience into clinical practice when working with disaster survivors.
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4. An Examination of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Among College Students
(Pages 137-156)

Nancy L. Heath; Jessica R. Toste; Tatiana Nedecheva; Alison Charlebois

This study examines characteristics (i.e., prevalence, method, age of onset, frequency) of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and associated risk factors in a college student sample. Results revealed 11.68% admitted to engaging in NSSI at least once and no significant gender difference in occurrence of NSSI. Even in this college sample, those who self-injure differed substantially from non-self-injurers with regard to emotion regulation, but were not found to differ significantly on either early attachment or childhood trauma and abuse. Importance of understanding NSSI as an emerging behavior among college students is discussed.
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5. Asian American Students’ Cultural Values, Stigma, and Relational Self-construal: Correlates of Attitudes Toward Professional Help Seeking
(Pages 157-172)

Munyi Shea; Christine J. Yeh

In this study, we investigated how adherence to Asian values, stigma of receiving psychological help, relational-interdependent self-construal, age and gender, for Asian American college and graduate students, singly and in concert predicted attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. We also examined how stigma mediates the effect of adherence to Asian values on help-seeking attitudes. Correlational and multiple regression analyses determined that lower adherence to Asian values, lower levels of stigma, a higher relational-interdependent self-construal were associated with more positive help-seeking attitudes. Also, female and older students possessed more positive help-seeking attitudes. The mediational model was not significant. We discuss potential barriers to seeking professional help across sociocultural levels. We address implications for research and practice in mental health counseling. 
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6. Self-injury, Sexual Self-concept, and a Conservative Christian Upbringing: An Exploratory Study of Three Young Women’s Perspectives (Pages 173-188)

Joyce Wagner; Mark Rehfuss

In this exploratory study we used qualitative methods to examine possible relations between young women’s self-injurious behaviors, sexual self-concept, and a conservative Christian upbringing. Structured interviews were conducted with three young women fitting these characteristics from a private Christian university in the Northeastern United States. Phenomological data analysis revealed themes for these women that support a relation between their SIB and the development and expression of both their spirituality and sexuality. Implications for counseling practice include the need for a thorough assessment of past and present spirituality and the inclusion of sexual self-concept into counseling discussions.
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