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Volume 34, Number 1, January 2012

1. Personality Disorders in the DSM-5: Proposed Revisions and Critiques (Pages 1-13)

Emily M. Good 

This article discusses the Personality and Personality Disorder Work Group’s proposed changes for Personality Disorders in the DSM-5: (a) adoption of a hybrid dimensional-categorical model; (b) utilization of 6 personality disorder types instead of the previous 10 personality disorders; (c) addition of personality traits and facets to define personality disorders; (d) addition of a rating scale for levels of personality functioning; (e) revised diagnostic criteria; and (f) the collapsing of Axes I, II, and III. Also discussed are ways in which the DSM-5 proposals are reactions to criticisms of the DSM-IV-TR (APA, 2000) and criticisms of the proposed changes.
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2. Understanding the Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Women's Sexuality (Pages 14-37) 

James J. Colangelo and Kathleen Keefe-Cooperman

The relationship between child sexual abuse and adult sexual functioning is well-established. Given the documented high incidence of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and negative consequences for adult sexuality, many mental health counselors will encounter and provide therapeutic services to members of this population. Counselors must have a good understanding of how sexual victimization during childhood impacts a woman’s sexuality and sex life. We discuss the prevalence of CSA among women in different populations and the significant impact it has on women’s sexuality. Generalized practice issues are applied using a case study and phase-oriented approach.
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3. Working with Forced Migrants: Therapeutic Issues and Considerations for Mental Health Counselors (Pages 38-55)

Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith and Maile O'Hara

The number of forced migrants arriving in the United States continues to increase. To provide effective therapeutic services and interventions for them, it is important for clinicians to understand the unique role that mental health professionals can play in improving the mental health of this diverse population. This article draws attention to the mental health needs of forced migrants and highlights considerations, such as medical, social, legal, cultural, and linguistic factors, that providing services to this population may entail. It also suggests ways in which counselors can actively, competently, and ethically address the social justice issues that impact forced migrants.
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4. Counseling Adolescents Who Engage in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: A Dialectical Behavior Therapy Approach (Pages 56-71)

Laura H. Choate

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), the direct and intentional destruction of one’s own body tissue in the absence of any intent to die, is becoming an alarmingly common behavior in adolescents of both sexes and across all racial and ethnic groups. The purpose of this article is to (a) provide a model for conceptualizing the onset and maintenance of this behavior, and (b) describe how a dialectical behavior therapy treatment approach can be applied to working with adolescents who engage in NSSI.
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5. Mobile Mind Mapping: Using Mobile Technology to Enhance Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (Pages 72-81)

Jeffrey M. Warren

Email, chat rooms, and websites are often used in counseling. Now, smartphones and their applications can also be used. Mobile mind mapping tools can support counseling frameworks, such as rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). The integration of counseling and technology has great potential for helping clients to lead healthier and more productive lives. This article describes REBT and outlines four ways to use mobile mind maps in REBT. It also offers tips on how to use mobile mind mapping to enhance the counseling process. The article concludes with a brief case study demonstrating how mobile mind maps can be integrated into counseling.
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6. The Journal of Mental Health Counseling Publication Pattern Review: A Meta-Study of Author and Article Characteristics, 1994-2009 (Pages 82-94)

Stephanie A. Crockett, Rebekah J. Byrd and Bradley T. Erford

Patterns of articles published in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) from 1994
through 2009 were reviewed. Characteristics of authors (e.g., sex, employment setting, nation of domicile) and articles (e.g., topic, type, design, sample, sample size, participant type, statistical procedures and sophistication) are described and analyzed for trends over time.
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