International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling (Int J Adv Counsell)

Publisher: International Association for Counselling, Springer Verlag

Journal description

The International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling is published under the auspices of the International Round Table for the Advancement of Counselling and the International Association for Educational and Vocational guidance. The journal promotes the exchange of information about counselling activities throughout the world. Papers published in the journal are conceptual practical or research contributions providing an international perspective on the following areas: Theories and models of guidance and counselling Counsellor education and supervision State of the art reports on guidance and counselling in specific settings Special populations Special applications Counselling services in developing countries. The International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling publishes original articles major addresses and papers presented at the International Round Table for the Advancement of Counselling and other major international meetings and thematic reviews and discussions related to guidance and counselling.

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Website International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling website
Other titles International journal for the advancement of counselling (Online)
ISSN 0165-0653
OCLC 41568899
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: Over the past several decades international scholars primarily outside of professional counseling have begun shedding light on the restorative and wellness-fostering properties of the natural environment. EcoWellness, defined as respect, appreciation, and awe of nature resulting in feeling connected and experiencing wellness, was developed in counseling to begin the systematic study of nature in the helping professions. The 61-item Reese EcoWellness Inventory (REI) was developed to study this construct. Initial examination supports the reliability and some aspects of construct validity of the REI.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 06/2015; 37(2). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9232-1
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    ABSTRACT: Mental health concerns can exacerbate the progression and transmission of HIV/AIDS. Thus there have been calls for increased research and integration of mental health care into HIV/AIDS treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease has reached pandemic levels. This qualitative study analyzed the open-ended survey responses of 181 individuals providing HIV/AIDS counseling in Botswana. Several themes emerged regarding the professional identity of counselors, risk of burnout, working conditions and needed resources, the process and provision of counseling in Botswana, as well as training and supervision issues. Implications and recommendations for practice and advocacy are discussed.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 01/2015; 37(2). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9233-0
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reflects upon the relevance of Buddhism to counselling in general and to career counseling in particular by discussing a program implemented at an international school in Hong Kong. The authors provide an analysis of the pertinent literature related to relevant concepts within Buddhism. This topic has not yet been adequately researched and the paper therefore helps to fill a gap in our awareness of how Buddhism might contribute to career counseling in high schools.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10447-015-9239-2
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    ABSTRACT: The study examined whether mental health stigma and self-concealment are uniquely related to various dimensions of attitudes toward seeking professional psychological services (i.e., help-seeking attitudes) in Latina/o college students. Data from 129 Latina/o undergraduates (76 % female) were used in the analysis. Results revealed that mental health stigma was a unique predictor of overall help-seeking attitudes. Mental health stigma was also significantly related to recognition of need for psychotherapeutic help, stigma tolerance, and interpersonal openness, but not to confidence in mental health practitioners. Self-concealment was uniquely related to stigma tolerance and interpersonal openness.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10447-015-9237-4
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    ABSTRACT: This article explores the idea of the teaching alliance as a framework to help instructors of multicultural counseling courses advance student learning by attending to and strengthening the student-instructor relationship. To this end, and drawing on extant literature, two questions are conceptually addressed: (1) what relational qualities comprise the teaching alliance in a graduate-level multicultural class? and (2) what instructional strategies might help strengthen that alliance? The article concludes with a discussion of teaching considerations and directions for future research.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10447-015-9240-9
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    ABSTRACT: Self-stigma has a substantial negative impact on help-seeking behaviors across various cultures and countries. A reliable and valid self-stigma of help-seeking measurement is needed to reduce barriers related to pursuing services. This study investigated the factorial validity of the Self-Stigma of Seeking Help Scale (SSOSH) with a sample of Turkish college students. The factor analysis identified a two-factor measurement structure: (a) feeling of inadequacy, and (b) threat to self-confidence. The scales measured the extent that help-seeking can influence individuals’ self-confidence/self-esteem and generate negative feelings and emotions. Female Turkish students had lower self-stigma of help-seeking than male students. Familiarity with health professionals in the Turkish mental health system (i.e., counseling psychologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists) were significantly associated with lower levels of threats of self-confidence related to help-seeking. Participants who had lower self-stigma were more likely to share their problems with a mental health professional. Outreach services to increase students’ knowledge about mental health professionals and services to reduce stigma are discussed.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 37(2). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9230-3
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    ABSTRACT: The Pentecostal worship tradition has been a neglected topic in literature on religious diversity. This tradition, including the practice of speaking in tongues (glossolalia), plays an essential role in the lives of Black Pentecostals. The goal of this paper is to acknowledge the importance of worship practices in the formation of religious and spiritual identities of Black Pentecostals. Key strategies for working with this faith group are outlined, with suggestions for multicultural counselling.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 37(2). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9228-x
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the relationship of family background on students’ academic self-efficacy and the impact of students’ self-efficacy on their career and life success expectations. The study used the national dataset of the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002), funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Based on a path model, results demonstrated that family background predicted academic self-efficacy positively and students’ career and life success expectations negatively. However, with the mediating influence of academic self-efficacy, family background positively influenced students’ career and life success expectations. School counselors should consider interventions to enhance interactions between parents and students and seek to develop positive perceptions about students’ capabilities and futures. In addition, school counselors need to be knowledgeable about curricula, enrichment classes, summer opportunities, various educational options, and students’ academic and career aspirations for providing better guidance.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4):395-407. DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9216-1
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    ABSTRACT: International cultural immersion provides an in vivo, authentic, cross-cultural experience that can enhance multicultural awareness, knowledge and skills. This article examines the impact of an international immersion on graduate counseling students’ cultural self-awareness using a qualitative approach. Five graduate counseling students participated in a 3-week study abroad in Belize where they interacted with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds and settings. Four major cultural self-awareness themes emerged from the analysis of participants’ journals, (a) discrimination and prejudice, (b) cultural pride and appreciation, (c) cultural sensitivity, and (d) self-awareness. The findings are presented along with implications for future research and the use of international immersion as a viable experiential teaching strategy to enhance counseling students’ cultural self-awareness.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9219-y
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    ABSTRACT: A Multicultural Counseling course (MCC) brings unique challenges and rewards to both instructors and students. Given its unique challenges, the process of teaching a MCC is as important as, or even more important than, the content. Drawing from extant literature and the authors’ experiences, this paper discusses such topics as what to teach, how to teach, classroom dynamics, instructors’ issues, and students’ issues to provide a concise, practical, and comprehensive framework for teaching such difficult but essential courses.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9212-5
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored perceptions of social justice advocacy among liberal, moderate, and conservative members (N = 214) of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Results showed that conservative participants had somewhat less favorable perceptions of social justice advocacy, but generally did not differ statistically from liberal and moderate participants. Statistically significant differences, however, were found among extremely liberal participants. All participants generally supported the use of ACA resources for social activism. Implications and limitations are discussed.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9217-0
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    ABSTRACT: In modernist fashion, counseling theories are ordinarily categorized according to their common conceptual features. This system of classification generally does not serve counseling practitioners, who use theories to help clients. The author proposes a practitioner-based, postmodernist model of classification that organizes theories according to the ways that they can be used.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9214-3
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    ABSTRACT: While learning environment research has been growing in popularity over the past few decades, little attention has been given towards the learning environment of graduate students, and virtually no attention has been given specifically towards graduate counseling and related programs such as professional counseling, clinical and counseling psychology, and marriage and family therapy. In this paper we propose using Bronfenbrenner’s (1979, 1992) ecological theory as a model to conceptualize the training environment of such counselor preparation programs. Through the application of Bronfenbrenner’s theory, counselor educators and counseling trainees can better understand the systemic nature of the training environment that they create and where they train. Implications and recommendations for future research are provided to further advance the knowledge and awareness of the counseling training environment.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9220-5
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined attitudes toward face-to-face (f2f) and online counseling among 228 Korean college students. In addition, it tested a hypothesized model proposing that general propensities (i.e., self-concealment, openness to experience, and loss of face) would influence counseling-specific expectations (i.e., self-stigma and disclosure expectations), which, in turn, would predict attitudes toward f2f and online counseling. Findings mirrored the results of earlier studies revealing that self-concealment was negatively related to attitudes toward both f2f and online counseling, while openness to experience and disclosure expectations were positively related. However, whereas self-stigma was associated with negative attitudes toward f2f counseling, it was not related to attitudes toward online counseling. In addition, disclosure expectations accounted for f2f attitudes more than online attitudes.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4). DOI:10.1007/s10447-014-9215-2