Written By: Jolene Oppawsky, Ph.D., LPC, ACS, DAPA
Five generations of counseling students and therapists attending continuing education workshops and courses do not learn enough about counseling from a purely academic curriculum or format. These must be enriched and be made ready for application for these learners to use in their work arena. Digital technology must be incorporated to augment traditional teaching methods in today’s world. Both educators and learners need to know how to incorporate technological advances in their materials and use digital communication tools. In this article, the author differentiates between the digital technology needs of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xs, Millennials, and Gen Zs when learning and educating.
Written By: Edward Mackey CRNA, MS, MSN, Ph.D., FAPA
Patients present practitioners with a myriad of complaints. These complaints cover a range from physical to psychological. Many of the presenting symptoms and ramifications of the disease process can be the result of psycho-physical relationships between all human beings. The practice of forgiveness has been discussed throughout history, usually through a religious lens, yet research points to forgiveness as a means to reduce anger and depression, to improve health and happiness, as well as to increase self-esteem (Luskin, 2002). It is interesting to note that it is forgiveness work that enables individuals to enable lasting personal change and move forward in a positive fashion (Enright, R 2001, Ferrini, P. 1991, Luskin, F. 2002). It is also interesting to note that forgiveness therapy is a crucial part of the hypnotherapeutic interaction when dealing with pain and other discomfort (Mackey 2009, 2010).
Written By: Erica Goodstone, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT
A recent article in Counseling Today, an official publication of the American Counseling Association, began with the question: “Who are the major influencers on today’s counseling professionals?” I was fascinated by the variety of responses and the array of different professionals mentioned. Contemporary mentors were cited as well as influencers from much earlier times; these included both professional counselors and other thought leaders outside of counseling professions. What struck me was the realization that each of us has taken our own unique path to becoming a qualified professional. Each of us has learned different modalities and implemented the techniques in our own unique ways. Each of us has been trained and mentored by different people. And each of us has learned so much of what we know from people and situations outside of counseling or health professions.
Member Highlight April 2016
Dr. Monty Winestein
Dr. Monty Winestein was nominated for the member highlight for April 2016, congratulations! You have done an outstanding job and we here at the American Psychotherapy Association wish to recognize you for that feat!