|Journal of Mental Health Counseling|
Volume 37, Number 2, April 2015
1. Evidenced-Based Relationship Practice: Enhancing Counselor Competence (Pages 95-108)
Defining mental health counselor competence is difficult. Unfortunately, professional definitions of competence often rely on abstract knowledge that is difficult for counselors to apply. This article highlights the history and terminology associated with the evidence-based movement in medicine, psychology, and counseling. Using this historical information as a foundation, a relationally-oriented, evidence-based practice model for achieving competence in mental health counseling is proposed. The model emphasizes such evidence-based relationship factors as (a) congruence and genuineness, (b) the working alliance, (c) unconditional positive regard or radical acceptance, (d) empathic understanding, (e) rupture and repair, (f) managing countertransference, (g) implementing in- and out-of-session (homework) procedures, and (h) progress monitoring. The purpose of the model is to articulate a distinctive and practical evidence-based approach that mental health counselors can wholeheartedly embrace.
2. Supervisors’ Suggestions for Enhancing Counseling Regulatory Boards’ Sanctioned Supervision Practices (Pages 109-123)
Victoria E. Kress, Rachel M. O’Neill, Jake J. Protivnak and Nicole A. Stargell
Regulatory board-sanctioned supervision is intended to enhance the practice of disciplined
3. Older Adults and Integrated Health Settings: Opportunities and Challenges for Mental Health Counselors (Pages 124-137)
Jill S. Goldsmith and Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius
The growing number of older adults and the increasing recognition and growth of integrated
4. Detrimental Association: An Epistemological Connection of Dysfunction Within and Across Paradigms (Pages 138-151)
Jeffrey M. Warren and R. Rocco Cottone
The notion of common factors in counseling and psychotherapy theory is not new. This article contends that detrimental associations are the root of dysfunction and are common to all theories of counseling and psychotherapy. The article defines detrimental associations as organic or auxiliary connections formed by clients that lead to dysfunction. Associations deemed detrimental include a variety of aspects of a client’s life, depending upon the theoretical lens through which dysfunction is viewed. The article explores how detrimental associations are conceptualized by level and across theories and paradigms and discusses implications for professional counseling.
5. Integrating Health and Wellness in Mental Health Counseling: Clinical, Educational, and Policy Implications (Pages 152-163)
Sejal M. Barden, Abigail H. Conley and Mark E. Young
Few counselor training programs offer wellness courses or training on how to ethically and
6. Finding Resilience: The Mediation Effect of Sense of Community on the Psychological Well-Being of Military Spouses (164-174)
Mei-Chuan Wang, Pius N. Nyutu, Kimberly K. Tran and Angela Spears
The goal of this study was to identify positive factors that increase the psychological well-being of military spouses in the areas of environmental mastery. We proposed that positive affect and social support from family and friends would have indirect effects on psychological well-being through their association with a greater sense of community with the military culture. Participants were 207 female spouses of active-duty service members. Data were analyzed using MEDIATE to test the mediational effect. Results indicated that social support from friends and positive affect did predict a sense of community, which in turn was associated with increased feelings of psychological well-being. The findings suggest that a perceived sense of military community helps military spouses gain a sense of mastery and control in a constantly changing environment.
7. Roles, Attitudes, and Training Needs of Behavioral Health Clinicians in Integrated Primary Care (175-188)
Bethany P. Glueck
As integrated primary care (IPC) evolves, so does the new role of the behavioral health clinician (BHC). At present, mental health providers from various specialties are working as BHCs and adapting their training and skills to work as part of the medical team. The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the experiences of BHCs who work in IPC so as to better understand their roles, attitudes, and training needs. The themes that emerged from semi-structured interviews suggest that the roles of a BHC are multifaceted and rooted in a holistic mind-body approach. Participants supported the need for additional training in graduate programs and internships for integrated care. The results informed a conceptual model of BHCs working in IPC. Full Article