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Chris McLaughlin, MSW, LCSW, talks about the importance of counseling competencies when working with LGBTQ+ clients. Chris uses his knowledge and experience of the LGBTQ+ community to provide an in-depth look at common areas of concern for this client population, and where clinicians often fall short.
During the interview, Chris talks about the immense value of respecting whatever a client shares, and that bringing parents or guardians into the conversation can be “a delicate balance.” Ordinarily, Chris says that his “rule of thumb is to always follow the lead of the youth,” and that his role is to never out youth to their parents—even if safety issues are present. According to Chris, “regardless of the presenting concern,” he always asks questions about sexual orientation and gender identity with his clients. For some youth, they may have never encountered an adult who expressed interest in these issues; and for others, they may be waiting for a safe enough space to be vulnerable.
In this video interview, Dr. Ebony White talks with Ray Barrett about the American Counseling Association’s Anti-Racism Commission. During the discussion, Dr. White explains how the commission is addressing “the historical racism and continued exclusionary practices that have existed in the [counseling] profession and the [ACA] organization.”
On an individual level, Dr. White says that tasks call on the ACA to play a larger “role in [using] decolonized theories and interventions…specifically with Black clients [and] making sure that anti-Black racism, reform, advocacy, and activism is occurring at all levels”—with an additional emphasis on leadership pipelines for marginalized populations.
Dr. White supports the commission’s efforts to actively review ACA bylaws and procedures to move beyond “just using language” or a “blanket approach to rooting out racism in the profession.” On the national and state levels, the group is also pushing for congressional action and research that targets oppressive policies and under-researched topics. According to Dr. White, “document[ing] the history of racism in the profession” is a key part of the process.
For behavioral health organizations that are interested in applying anti-racism policies, Dr. White recommends honoring “the expertise of the people who are often left out of the conversation” and giving power to the consultants who are proposing changes. By requiring consultants to sign off on new policies, the authenticity of the consultant’s observations is deeply respected. Moving from a bottom-up to a top-down approach—by establishing a vision for change at the leadership level—increases the likelihood that changes will be transformative and long-lasting.
Dr. Ebony White is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and Clinical Supervisor. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy and the Program Director of the Master in Addiction’s Counseling program at Drexel University.
She is also the Executive Director of the Center for Mastering and Refining Children’s Unique Skills (MARCUS), the President-Elect of Counselors for Social Justice, and the Immediate Past Chair for the North Atlantic Region of the American Counseling Association. You can learn more about Dr. White by visiting her website or through MARCUS. Register for Dr. White’s “Race, Power and Privilege: Addressing Cross Cultural Dynamics in Supervision” course here.
Dr. Sheri Pickover, a Central Michigan University (CMU) Counseling Department faculty member, talks with the Telehealth Certification Institute about how she implemented a telemental health training component for her counseling practicum students. Since CMU is in a sparsely populated part of Michigan, access to mental health services has been a long-time concern for residents. Dr. Pickover notes how valuable telemental health training has been to transition students to an online mode of counseling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jill Cook, the Executive Director of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), spoke with Raymond Barrett, the CEO of the Telehealth Certification Institute, about the professional role of school counselors. In addition to being the Executive Director of ASCA, Cook is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a former chair and member of multiple national organizations. Cook assisted in the development of the School Counselor of the Year program and the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) at ASCA.
According to Cook, there are over 120,000 counselors in K-12 schools who assist students with academic development, social-emotional development, and all types of post-secondary professional and educational goals.
I Graduated Already, Why Do I Have to Take Continuing Education Classes?
You completed your undergraduate program, then your master’s degree. You might even have completed a Ph.D. program. You took a licensure exam. You worked under supervision for a year or two. Finally, you were fully licensed.
But you’re not done with your education just yet. In fact, you likely won’t ever be done - not as long as you want to keep practicing in your profession.
Counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists - in fact, most healthcare professionals - typically are required to take continuing education classes throughout their careers to maintain licensure.
You can check your state’s CE requirements here.
Each state has licensure laws that set minimum continuing education requirements. Why?
Clinicians often wonder, “How can I provide therapy to active-duty military members and veterans?” There is an immense need for comprehensive mental health services among this population and the growing field of telehealth has allowed clinicians more access than ever before to provide services to military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Recently, Ray Barrett sat down for an interview with Dr. Mark Stebnicki, a mental health counselor and instructor for the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate Program, and Randy Phelps, CEO of Give An Hour- a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive, no-cost mental health services to veterans.
Teletherapy Competencies, the What and How
We’re always eager to talk about telemental health competencies and how important they are to teletherapy training programs, but it can be difficult to determine which educational content areas are most useful for you. Universities considering graduate program competencies in telebehavioral health training for their staff and/or students may be seeking guidance in selecting the most effective program. In this article, we describe the course qualities that are often seen in relevant, well-rounded telemental health programs. Using current teletherapy research studies, you’ll see how similar teletherapy competencies are gaining prominence across numerous clinical professions—and why you could benefit from learning them.
HIPAA and TeleMental Health: Get Compliant!
Is your telemental health practice HIPAA compliant? It’s a question that can cause a knot in the stomach of even the most experienced telemental health professionals. For those just starting out in telehealth, it may even cause a bout of panic. Exactly how does HIPAA impact counselors who are using telehealth? Are the rules different than the rules for in-person therapy?
Even if you’ve taken a continuing education class covering HIPAA, it may not have covered telemental health and you may have questions.
Let’s start with some basics:
How to Increase Diversity and Equity in Mental Health? Be Curious. Be Brave.
People of color need counseling. And they want it. But there are barriers, including barriers unwittingly put up by counselors.
“Communities of color are not always aware of the benefits of counseling,” said Dr. Kim Lee Hughes, President of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). AMCD’s mission includes recognizing diversity in our society and enhancing the development, human rights, and the psychological health of ethnic/racial populations and all people.
Hughes adds that in some communities of color, individuals may not be aware of how to find a counselor or how to use their insurance.
Maybe you tried telehealth for your counseling practice during the COVID-19 shutdown, and you’ve decided you would like to stick with it. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to go all-in on telehealth but weren’t sure you could get enough clients to sustain your business.
The good news is that many counselors are successfully carrying a full caseload of telehealth clients.
How do they do it? And how long does it take to get a full caseload if you only see clients via telehealth?