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Volume 33, Number 3, July 2011


1. Three “Ps” of Publishing in the JMHC: People, Process, and Product
(Pages 191-195)

Quinn M. Pearson

Honoring the legacy of past editors, especially Kevin R. Kelly, M. Carole Pistole, and James R. Rogers, whom I have had the pleasure of working with, I have been reflecting on the elements that have enabled the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) to present established knowledge, respond to current trends, and shape evolving practices, and have reached the following conclusion: The caliber of the journal depends on the collaborative efforts of authors, reviewers, and editors; the integrity of the submission, review, and editing process; and the quality of the final product. Thus, people, process, and product organize my thoughts about the past, present, and future of the JMHC.
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2. Psychopharmacology and Mental Health Practice: An Important Alliance (Pages 196-222)

Kevin P. Kaut

Many mental health professionals are concerned about an increasingly “medicalized” society, driven in part by significant growth in biomedical research and biological perspectives on psychological disorders. The modern medical era, which has endorsed reductionism as the principal way of viewing many health conditions, offers many options for treating psychiatric diagnoses. Pharmacology is a major influence in psychiatric treatment decisions, and despite questions by mental health practitioners about reliance on drugs (Murray, 2009), psychopharmacology provides helpful alternatives. However, pharmacological options for mental health concerns should not be considered in isolation, and the use of drug treatments for cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disorders warrants careful contextual analysis. Mental health practitioners are encouraged to view pharmacology within a comprehensive sociohistorical framework that recognizes the value of a reductionist perspective as part of psychology’s rich cognitive and behavioral contributions to contemporary mental health assessment and intervention.
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3. The Role of Relational-Cultural Theory in Mental Health Counseling
(Pages 223-242)

Thelma Duffey; Catherine Somody

One feature that distinguishes professional counseling from other mental health and illness disciplines is its developmental, strength-based, contextually-focused, and wellness perspective. Given the multicultural paradigm that the counseling field emphasizes, it is increasingly important to identify models like relational-cultural theory (RCT) that support these principles. This article includes an overview of the basic tenets of RCT and applications to mental health counseling.
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4. Ethnic Minority-Majority Status and Mental Health: The Mediating Role of Perceived Discrimination (Pages 243-263)

Kevin Cokley; Brittany Hall-Clark; Dana Hicks

This study examines the role of perceived discrimination as a mediator of the relationship between ethnic minority-majority status and mental health in a sample of college students, of whom 246 were members of an ethnic minority (African American, Latino American, or Asian American) and 167 were European Americans. Ethnic minority students were significantly higher in perceived discrimination and significantly lower in mental health. African Americans were most likely to perceive racial discrimination, followed by Latino Americans, Asian Americans, and European Americans. Asian Americans reported the poorest mental health. Results of mediational analyses by ethnic status (minorities and majority) and across ethnic group pairings (Americans and European Americans, Latino Americans and European Americans, Asian Americans and European Americans) confirmed in every instance that perceived discrimination accounts for a modest part of the relationship between ethnic minority-majority status and mental health. We address the implications for mental health practice on college campuses.
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5. Practices and Perceptions of Mental Health Counselors in Addressing Smoking Cessation (Pages 264-282)

Jaime E. Sidani; James H. Price; Joseph A. Dake; Timothy R. Jordan; Joy A. Price

This study sought to examine the practices and perceptions of clinical mental health counselors in addressing smoking cessation with clients. A survey instrument was mailed to 700 clinical members of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Of those who responded (n=330; 53.1% response rate), the majority (58.9%) had not considered asking all clients about their smoking status at every visit. Counselors reported low use of the guidelines for smoking cessation intervention and for recommending pharmacotherapy. Levels of both efficacy and outcome expectations were significantly higher among counselors who reported regular use of smoking cessation interventions. Although 86.7% of counselors reported high confidence in assisting their clients in quitting smoking, there is a dearth of professional training for this.
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