Did you know April is Counseling Awareness Month? You might wonder what this means for the counseling profession. Other than just "likes" and "shares" of counseling-related material, this is the time for counselors to raise awareness about what they do, the benefit they have on their communities, and the way they've helped change society for the better.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition brought on by a stressful or distressing event that affects as many as 7.7 million Americans aged 18 and over. Counseling is so essential to PTSD treatment that some graduate counseling programs now offer course tracts specifically related to PTSD.
Imagine shifting your role from student of a respected professor to co-author or co-editor of a massive reference work. For a group of recent graduates from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), that’s exactly what happened.
Good mental health care is scarce in many parts of the United States, but it is nonexistent in most of the world. In developing countries, the ratio of mental health professionals to citizens is about one in a million — and that vast majority of people with treatable conditions like anxiety and depression are left to their own devices, or to the ministrations of local folk healers.
School counselors manage the intersection of multiple, disparate priorities: students’ academic performance and their mental health, parents’ dreams for their kids and teachers’ requirements for their students, decisions about the present and plans for the future.
The study is among the first to show the value of genetic counselling for psychiatric illnesses, and researchers say that the service should be made more available to people suffering from mental illness. Genetic counselling helps patients understand the cause of their illness, the genetic component and how they can protect their mental health going forward.