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Volume 36, Number 4, October 2014


1. Sharing Knowledge, Building Knowledge: The Journal as a Community of Practice (Pages 283-287)

Richard F. Ponton

Communities of practice have long been recognized as a vehicle for building and sharing
knowledge and skills. With advances in technology, communities of practice are not limited by geographic proximity but now extend globally. This article describes how the Journal of Mental Health Counseling is a community of practice and suggests new uses of technology to enhance its impact on the mental health counseling profession. Full Article


2. "Alonetime": Recovering a Rich Classical Resource for Counselor Self-Renewal (Pages 288-301)

Robert J. Wicks and Tina C. Buck

Counselors cannot offer what they do not have. In a society marked by round-the-clock connectivity, it is difficult to set aside personal time to recharge and reflect. Yet the minds, voices, bodies, and spirits of counselors are our healing instruments. If even one component is weakened, a slow leak springs. Without an intentional practice of alonetime—a devoted period in silence and solitude or reflectively within oneself when in a group—the cost may be a life vocation unnecessarily lost, or even worse. We will examine priorities and common resistances; consider what alonetime may already be available but possibly underused; evaluate places that may promote a more reflective spirit; offer suggestions on how to restructure a busy schedule; and suggest alonetime and mindfulness meditation resources. Full Article


3. Consultation for Mental Health Counselors: Opportunities and Guidelines for Private Practice (Pages 302-314)

Jennifer Maskell Carney and Joanne Frederick Jefferson

Counselors are encouraged to understand and engage in consultation as part of their professional work. Unfortunately, mental health counselors who practice in private settings are rarely represented in consultation research or guidelines. This article explores potential barriers and benefits to private practitioners who seek out peer consultation in order to enhance their clinical practice and general professional development. Opportunities for improved client services, ethical considerations, and guidelines for practice are discussed. Full Article


4. More Than a Vacation: Exploring the Impact of Reentry for International Sojourners (Pages 315-327)

Katie Kostohryz, Pamela C. Wells, Cristen C. Wathen and David Wilson

As our population becomes increasingly internationalized in today’s global society, a need
emerges for awareness, research, and support for the mental health needs of clients who have returned from sojourns abroad. This article describes how mental health counselors can become more aware of the reentry experience. It also explores such factors as expectations, transition, advocacy, and grief and loss. It diminishes the perception of sojourning as simply a vacation and discusses adjustments clients often have to make upon returning home. The article offers recommendations for working with clients who are finding reentry difficult, explores implications for the mental health counseling profession, and offers ideas for future research. Full Article


5. Integrating Interprofessional Education and Collaboration Competencies (IPEC) into Mental Health Counselor Education (Pages 328-344)

Kaprea F. Johnson and Krystal L. Freeman

In 2009 six health disciplines identified interprofessional education and collaboration competencies (IPEC) to guide cross-discipline clinical and educational practices. This article gives an example of an attempt to integrate IPEC into mental health counselor education through an interprofessional course taught to 111 students of health sciences and counseling. Implications for mental health counselor educators and final conclusions are discussed. Full Article


6. International Student Sociocultural Adaptation: Gossip and Place Attachment Contributions (Pages 345-359)

Ji-yeon Lee and M. Carole Pistole

This correlational study at a Midwestern university used hierarchical regression, with a primarily Asian international student sample (N = 293), to examine gossip functions, the tendency to gossip, and place attachment as contributing uniquely to international student sociocultural adaptation. The tendency to gossip and place identity attachment were found to contribute positively to the sociocultural adaptation of international students (ISs), and the influence gossip function and place dependence attachment contributed negatively. Because the study focused on gossip as a cultural learning mechanism, the findings may be relevant to future research and mental health counseling services that facilitate immigrant and IS sociocultural adaptation. Full Article

7. Effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy for Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Pages 360-376)

Stephen Lenz, Brian Bruijn, Nina S. Serman and Laura Bailey

Analyzing 11 studies, we evaluated the effectiveness of cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring depression symptoms in individuals diagnosed with PTSD. Separate meta-analytic procedures for between-group studies using waitlist or alternative treatment comparisons yielded large to very large effect sizes for CPT versus waitlist, and medium to large effect sizes when CPT was compared to alternative treatments. Implications for evidence-supported practice and study limitations are discussed. Full Article

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