2016 • January

In the last 20 to 30 years, we have come a long way when it comes to practicing with sexual minority clients (King, Semlyn, Killaspy, Nazareth, & Osborn, 2007). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) identities are affirmed and celebrated rather than pathologized, and affirmative psychotherapy is now the preferred practice approach for working with this […]

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By the time you read this, the New Year will be three months old and we will have met for our first semi-annual business meeting. I want to wish you health and wealth, however you define them. As your President, I want to make this year one in which you feel more personally and professionally […]

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Most states in the U.S. require a psychotherapist to break confidentiality when a client verbalizes suicidal intent (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2013). The purpose of this paper is to share a personal reflection on suicidal ideation within the therapeutic relationship, and to question whether a psychotherapist’s ethical responsibility and personal morality are consistently clear-cut. […]

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It is a given that confidentiality is essential in the psychotherapy process. Clients share their secrets, embarrassing information, fears, and the like, specifically for the purpose of receiving needed assistance to overcome their stated difficulties. Without the promise of confidentiality, many individuals might not be able to establish the trusting relationship needed for psychotherapy to […]

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Each year in the U.S., nearly 500,000 children between the ages of zero and fourteen report to the Emergency Room related to head trauma (Langolis, Rutland-Brown, & Thomas, 2005). Current estimates show that 180 of every 100,000 children under the age of fifteen are diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year (Kraus, 1995). The […]

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Childhood sexual abuse survivors frequently present with ruptures in attachment, myriad mental health stressors, as well as histories of subsequent victimization in adulthood (e.g., Marx, Heidt, & Gold, 2005). The Contextual Model of trauma posits that survivors of CSA largely have an ineffective family of origin; this maladaptive family environment, in conjunction with the effects […]

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