Experienced counselors know what questions to ask during an intake interview for an alcohol and drug recovery program - and they learned by filling out form after form. Here are the questions I'm asking when I interview applicants for our recovery program.
Many people wonder how alcoholism can be a disease, because drinking is a choice. Here is a simple explanation of alcoholism as a disease, based on a question from a reader whose sister is an alcoholic.
In social work, we call it “asset mapping” for communities or organizations. In counseling, it's about helping clients recognize and use their strengths.
At a recent Helping Without Hurting seminar, I learned several tips for counseling people in poverty. The more you learn about poverty, the more effective you’ll be as a counselor - even if you're not counseling materially "poor" people.
Whether you’re getting an undergrad or graduate degree in counseling, you’ll probably have to do a counseling practicum. Here’s what I looked for when I decided on a counseling practicum – everything from location to the type of counselors in the organization.
Why do people get addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling? Here’s why trauma is the root cause of addiction and how trauma leads to addictive behavior.
These tips on talking to teens about birth control aren’t just for counselors – they’ll help parents, youth workers, and anyone who lives or works with youth.
Knowing what to wear to work is never easy, especially if you’re a female counselor. Here’s what I learned in my counseling practice - I’m working as an alcohol and drug addictions counselor in a residential treatment program for men.
In my Conflict Resolution and Mediation class, we reviewed different types of conflict mediation strategies. Here's what transformative mediation is, according to the professor.