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CMHC or PSC: A look at these two counseling specialties

Most students who enter an online graduate program such as a Master of Arts in Counseling know what they want to do professionally. Students want to better understand how human emotions work or originate and what leads to certain behaviors. They want to learn skills, tools and strategies to deploy in sessions. Above all, they […]

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Online or on-campus: Which program is right for you?

Being a counselor can be a highly rewarding profession. Helping others cope with their emotions, better understand their behaviors and find strategies to manage their lives is a responsibility counselors hold dear. One of the best ways to build a skill set and knowledge base that prepares you for the rigors and realities of professional […]

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What is an online Master of Arts in Counseling program?

Are you good at talking to and engaging with others? Do you want to make a difference in your community or help others better understand themselves and their emotions? Becoming a professional counselor may be the job path for you. And those who earn an online counseling degree like a Master of Arts in Counseling […]

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How to understand resistant clients

How to understand resistant clients Professional counselors may be altogether too familiar with this phrase: “I don’t have anything to talk about today.” For every client who comes in ready to talk and dig through issues, there are as many clients who are resistant to initial or ongoing counseling efforts. Encountering resistance is a common […]

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What is neurocounseling?

What is neurocounseling? Counseling is a profession that is constantly evolving in regard to what we know about humans, behavior and cognition. One of the most exciting developments has been the emergence of neurocounseling. As the brain continues to reveal more secrets, opportunities have arisen to practice new kinds of counseling therapies that address the […]

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How counselors can encourage healthier living

While counselors are most often concerned with the mental health of their clients, physical health cannot be forgotten. Indeed, mental and physical health are closely related. Depression can manifest in clients as joint pain, chronic pain, weight gain and gastrointestinal problems. The truth is that counselors don’t just treat their clients’ mental health issues, but […]

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Counseling clients who experience cyberbullying

Bullying is something most counselors, especially those who work in schools, are familiar with. Teasing, name-calling, put-downs and even aggressive bullying behavior that leads to physical or mental harm have always been around. Yet bullying has been affected in large ways by the rise of technology — and not in a good way. Cyberbullying — […]

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2018 Super Brain Summit

2018 Super Brain Summit February 28, 2018 Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center Peplow Pavilion (new location) The Super Brain Summit is a one-day conference showcasing experts in the field of neurocounseling. All proceeds go to a fund for future brain research. The theme for the 3rd annual Super Brain Summit is “Understanding Trauma: Healing Interventions […]

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Counseling clients in first-responder careers

First responders are often pictured as stoic public servants early to the scene of a tragedy, medical emergency or crisis. It takes tremendous mental fortitude, even a willingness to risk their own lives, for an EMS, firefighter, police officer or other first responder to put everything aside and dive right into the fire, sometimes literally. […]

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Do’s and don’ts of family counseling​

Family counseling can be a unique challenge. Counseling one individual with a strong personality can be demanding enough; add one or more people to the session, and the situation can easily become hard to manage. Such is the case with family units who seek mental health services, whether as couples, new parents or families with […]

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How gamification can be used in counseling

Technologic breakthroughs in the 21st century have touched nearly every process and augmented basic human behaviors and interactions. Technology and internet use is now ingrained in basic daily functions. This shift creates both problems and opportunities when counseling individuals especially beholden to their smartphone or the latest app, particularly children and adolescents. But there’s no […]

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​Treating post-traumatic stress disorder in nonveteran clients

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become an overarching topic in the national discussion on mental health. Awareness of the disorder, which develops in people who have experienced a trauma, a near-death event or extreme grief, has increased as more barriers to seeking care are broken down. The subject of trauma and subsequent lasting emotional and […]

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Closing the gap between student needs and available resources

A developing crisis has formed on America’s campuses. Recent studies have shown upticks in feelings of anxiety, depression and stress among students, both incoming and returning. More students than ever before are expressing mental health support. As increased numbers of students struggle with issues, more turn to the universities they attend for mental health services. […]

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How professional counselors can help address the opioid crisis

Substance abuse is a common issue faced by many counseling clients. Addiction can physically, emotionally and mentally affect individuals of all socioeconomic classes and ages. Those people impacted require specialized treatment, which often includes counseling. Substance abuse-focused counselors are found in a number of settings — from schools to workplaces — and see all types […]

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How counselors can achieve work-life balance

Becoming a professional mental health counselor can be a rewarding career. The opportunity to help individuals who struggle with home, life or substance abuse with expressing emotions and correcting behaviors in a healthy way draws many talented minds to the field. However, the profession is known to be demanding, both physically and mentally. Practicing long […]

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Counseling for loved ones with terminal illnesses

Coping with illness — and the grief, frustration, anger and other emotions that accompany it — is one of the reasons people seek mental health counseling. Professionals undergo years of education to learn methods for counseling individuals with an illness. These strategies become more specialized and necessary when a diagnosis is terminal. Not only do […]

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What is the difference between a master’s in counseling and master’s in social work?

Many students entering graduate school know they want to do one thing with their professional careers: help others. The ambition to provide guidance and assistance to people experiencing difficult life situations is strong in a number of individuals considering post-bachelor education. However, despite the clear desire to help, many prospective students encounter the challenge of […]

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The intersection of music therapy and counseling

The intersection of music therapy and counseling

Listening to music can be a therapeutic activity. Whether an individual comes home after a long day of work and puts on his or her favorite music while decompressing or a couple replays their wedding song and memories come alive with the music, the act of listening — and not just the notes themselves — […]

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School counselors can help students in a number of ways.

The positive impact school counselors can have on students

School counselors work with students to address an array of issues, offering everything from academic support to college and career counseling, as well as personal counseling. As detailed in an article published by online resource Good Therapy, school counselors can be found at every level of pre-college schooling, from kindergarten through 12th grade. To work […]

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Helping a client receiving end-of-life care

Counselors help clients through an array of difficult circumstances, for example drug addiction, abuse or mental illness. Perhaps one of the most challenging circumstances with which counselors aid clients is a terminal illness diagnosis coupled with the process of receiving end-of-life care. Before an examination of some effective strategies for counselors helping clients through this […]

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Tips for becoming a first-class high school counselor

One career path that graduates of Bradley University’s online Master of Arts in Counseling program may wish to pursue is that of a professional school counselor — either at the elementary, middle or high school levels. Career spotlight: School counselor As explained in a U.S. News & World Report overview, school counselors carry out an […]

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Basic listening skills for counselors

Qualified mental health counselors must go through years of formal education and hours of clinical practice to attain certification or licensure. The experience gained in these practical areas of study is priceless to counselors crafting a well-rounded foundation of knowledge from which to draw when interacting with clients. However, as important as the hard skills […]

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A look forward at the counseling job market

The economy has largely recovered from the downturn suffered in the Great Recession, but the current jobs picture still can be a bit of a puzzle for students to figure out. Yet one thing qualified mental health counselors can peg their career ambitions to is the fact there always will be a client base that […]

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Technology in 2017: What impact does it have on mental health?

Upon completion of a Master of Arts in Counseling degree, individuals can choose to work as mental health counselors — individuals who help clients living with varying mental health and/or interpersonal issues. For example, a mental health counselor may meet with a bereaved woman in the morning who recently has lost her husband, and then […]

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What hiring managers are looking for in counselors

Mental health counselors can be found in an array of settings, from hospitals to private clinics. They work to help clients navigate any number of personal and mental health issues by providing a therapeutic relationship that empowers people to make decisions they wish to make to improve their life experiences. Counselors also typically are responsible […]

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A career in counseling: A closer look at areas of specialization

Although it is possible to work as a general counselor, helping clients in an array of situations, facing a variety of issues, many professionals on the verge of entering the field look to specialize, Lynne Shallcross explained in an article for Counseling Today. Deciding what specialization to select, if any, can be a challenging decision. […]

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What you need to know about accreditation

If you are considering returning to graduate school for an advanced degree in counseling, you should keep a number of important criteria in mind. You will have to research the kind of institution that you wish to attend and decide whether you want to study online — an option that presents greater ease and flexibility […]

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Why a Master of Arts in Counseling degree is right for you

Making the decision to further your education can be a momentous one, particularly if you have been away from the classroom for some time and already enjoy a successful career. If you are looking to develop your professional path in the field of counseling, build your knowledge and open doors by applying to Bradley University’s […]

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2017 Super Brain Summit Recorded Session Topics

Presentations by Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD Lecture #1: A Practical Guide to Your Brain’s Plasticity There’s been a revolution in brain science that provides us with a new understanding of the basis of origin of our unique individual personhoods. That science also helps us understand ‘what goes wrong’ in an accounting for developmental or acquired […]

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World-renowned professor bestowed the Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award

The American Counseling Association selected Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University and co-director for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR), to receive the 2017 Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award for her efforts in blazing new trails in neurocounseling. The Garry R. Walz trailblazer award, established […]

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Recognizing signs of domestic abuse in clients

Domestic violence is, regrettably, a ubiquitous problem in the U.S. and across the world. According to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, every year, on average, some 10 million adults across the U.S. experience some form of physical abuse from an intimate partner. Incidence rates suggest that as many as one in three […]

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Super Brain Summit: 2017

2017 Super Brain Summit March 3, 2017 Bradley University • Michel Student Center Ballroom The Super Brain Summit is a one-day conference showcasing two internationally known experts in the fields of neuroplasticity and neurotherapy. Additionally, this year’s event will focus on discussing and teaching emotional and physiological self-regulation, so attendees can learn how to take […]

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Strategies for helping clients cope with depression during the holidays

For some individuals, the holidays are a time of excitement and joy — an opportunity to celebrate and spend precious time with loved ones. For others, however, the holidays can engender feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. Colloquially known as “the holiday blues,” this form of seasonal-based depression often can be managed well with the […]

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Working with clients living with cancer

Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the U.S. and across the world. According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, roughly 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. There are various forms of cancer, ranging in impact from mild to life threatening. Cancers of the colon, […]

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Understanding the quarter-life crisis

Often, the 20s and early 30s are thought to be the best time of a person’s life. Individuals in this age range are generally in good health, have minimal responsibilities and are able to explore opportunities and take chances in both their professional and private lives. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that young adults […]

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Building trust with counseling clients

One of a counselor’s first objectives when meeting with a client is to build some form of trust. If clients don’t have confidence in their relationship with their counselor, they are less likely to open up about the challenges that they’re facing, much less be open to discussing these challenges with the person with whom […]

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Five reasons to pursue a master’s degree in counseling online

A master’s degree is required to gain certification as a professional counselor. According to the American Counseling Association, common specializations of this higher degree include: Addiction Counseling Career Counseling Clinical Mental Health or Community Agency Counseling Marriage Counseling Couple and Family Counseling School Counseling Student Affairs and College Counseling Gerontological Counseling Counselor Education and Supervision* […]

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How can counselors impact communities going through catastrophic events?

In August 2016, areas of Louisiana experienced extreme levels of flooding that destroyed property, displaced residents and caused multiple fatalities. Even though those individuals who lived in the area experienced different amounts of trauma from the natural disaster, people around the world felt its impact, whether by directly experiencing some form of loss or simply […]

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Military suicide prevention: What counselors need to know

Suicide is a topic that increasingly is becoming a part of the public dialogue about mental health in the U.S. A public health concern as well as a topic often encountered by professional counselors, the desire to end one’s life is a complex issue that requires sensitivity and proper training to address. While suicide rates […]

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Five volunteer opportunities for counselors

Every day, counselors help clients to navigate the challenges that they face in their daily lives. However, there are many people living in the U.S. who would benefit from the sessions that a counselor can provide but are unable to gain access to it for a variety of reasons, whether due to personal finances, time […]

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The importance of CACREP accreditation in MAC programs

Whether you have a background in counseling or are entering the field after a career change, choosing the right Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program can have a huge impact on your career. A MAC program can be a valuable asset, both when applying to jobs and working with clients, and consequently, it is […]

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The revolutionary Boys and Girls Club toolkit: What counselors can learn

Volunteers who sacrifice their time and energy to help others in the community are valuable resources for nonprofits that want to make a difference. However, the men and women who donate their valuable time and energy, while well-intentioned, are not always equipped to handle the challenges that can come from working with individuals who have […]

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Counseling clients with invisible disabilities

If a person misses multiple days of work because of influenza, an employer likely will understand. After all, no one wants to spread the flu throughout the workplace, and the symptoms are fairly clear. But, what if someone repeatedly calls in sick because of sheer exhaustion, an undiagnosed condition frequently referred to as chronic fatigue […]

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Identifying common settings for bullying

All too often, society’s view of bullying is simplified to no more than mean words thrown between children on the playground. Although this kind of behavior is an all-too-common occurrence among children, the reach — and consequent emotional toll — of bullying is not limited to childhood. Counselors often find that their adult clients are […]

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Ten best mobile apps for stress and anxiety

The digital health revolution has changed how clients’ needs are dealt with in a number of ways. While mobile apps are used to improve physical health through strategies such as encouraging exercise and tracking symptoms of chronic conditions, these tools also have expanded into the field of mental health. “Using technology during sessions has changed […]

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Six ways counselors can help clients dealing with major change

Even though everyone goes through change, it sometimes can be difficult without help. Consequently, it is common for individuals experiencing major life changes to seek assistance navigating these transitions through counseling. Identifying major life changes Major changes can come in a number of different forms. They can include moving to a different city, venturing into […]

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How mental health affects physical health

When a person is experiencing emotional or mental distress, meeting with a counselor often is helpful. If the problem is physical in nature, however, a physician typically is recommended. But that does not mean that these challenges are always completely unrelated. Although the mind and the body often are viewed as separate entities, when it […]

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How Does Your State Rank for Well-being?

The area that you live in can have a significant impact on your life. From weather variations to job opportunities and school locations, it would be difficult to argue that the quality of your life is completely separate from your surroundings. And, that concept may extend to the state you live in, as well. Gallup […]

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Counseling after acts of terrorism

Acts of terrorism affect not only those individuals who were directly involved in the event but also those who experienced it secondhand through its impact on loved ones or coverage in the media. To process through these acts of terror and move forward without living in fear, many people employ the services of a counselor. […]

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How to Convince Your Partner to Attend Marriage Counseling

Partners can be stubborn about many things. However, one area they tend to be particularly obstinate about is attending marriage counseling. Many spouses are unwilling to admit that the marriage needs help and will make negative statements about counselors and claim their services are a waste of money. However, this form of relationship counseling can […]

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How to Overcome Cultural Stigma Surrounding Counseling

Counseling is a useful tool that can help people develop coping skills and process emotions and feelings. But for some, the negative stigma that surrounds therapy sessions is a major deterrent to seeking help. Despite a growing awareness of the benefits of counseling for people of all backgrounds and situations of life, this negative perception […]

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How to Help Your Clients Cope with Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a possible experience that affects thousands of women each year. However, many women and their partners rarely recognize the signs of postpartum depression, and some women understand the symptoms but do not have the resources to seek treatment. This situation can be problematic, as it can affect relationships and care of the […]

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Understand happiness counseling and teach clients how to find it

Many of us wish to feel good and experience a sense of contentment with everyday life experiences, which, in turn, leads to happiness. But, today’s definition of happiness (as a multifaceted construct) is not what happiness meant to the first thinkers who explained ethics and the nature of humanity. For our purposes, we will consider […]

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How to Teach Clients Self-Regulation Skills

An important role for counselors is teaching clients how to self-regulate. This instruction encourages them to work toward keeping harmful or disruptive emotions in check and thinking before they act. People who self-regulate are better able to see the good in other people, identify opportunities where others might not, act in accordance with their values […]

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Super brain summit: 13 fascinating brain facts

The live portion of the Super Brain Summit is complete. The recorded lectures are now available through May 20, 2016. Register online to watch all the lectures and earn your CEUs. Here are 13 unique and fascinating ideas learned from the lectures: Dr. Leslie Sherlin spoke about peak performance and suggested that we are all performers […]

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Top lesson I have learned as a counselor

Lori Russell-Chapin: Treat all clients with respect I have been teaching graduate counseling courses and practicing counseling for over 30 years. The biggest lesson I have learned, and continue to learn, is that clients come into my office in a vulnerable and tender emotional and physiological state. I am constantly reminded what an honor and […]

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Super brain summit

Inaugural Super Brain Summit April 28-30, 2016 Bradley University and the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR) are hosting the inaugural Super Brain Summit: a three-day, online video conference extravaganza showcasing internationally known experts on the many, diverse wonders of the brain. Twelve featured speakers will share distinctive 40-minute presentations regarding a brain-related topic of […]

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