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

Publisher: International Association for Counselling, Springer Verlag

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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Springer Verlag

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Publications in this journal

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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;
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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;
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines the prevalence and consequences of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in Ukraine, and the counseling modalities and resources that are available to address the issue. The authors consider the need for a suitable service initiative involving intensive outpatient AOD counseling, focusing on the North American Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP; Wise, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73, 405–410, 2003b) as well as the likely challenges and solutions to implementing such a model.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This is a preliminary study that was conducted in regard to 180 gifted students who attended the ‘Malaysian Gifted Centre’s School Holiday Camp’ in 2011. Data indicated that only about 7 % of the respondents had a tendency to seek a counsellor’s help to solve their problems, and the need for counselling services was higher among female than male students. It was also found that career counselling was the most preferred type of counselling service needed by the Malaysian gifted students. Findings from the study reveal five different elements that need consideration when providing counselling services for gifted students: counsellor personality, student issues, the therapeutic environment, approaches used by the counsellor, and the counsellor’s role.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4).
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    ABSTRACT: Caribbean students are among the distinct immigrant groups in U.S. public schools with particular needs to be addressed by school counselors. This article discusses the challenges Caribbean immigrant students face that create obstacles to their academic and personal/social success. Guidelines for school counselors are outlined, which can be used to meet the needs of Caribbean immigrant students and promote their healthy adjustment.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 12/2014; 36(4).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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    ABSTRACT: This article details a collaborative project between the University of Strathclyde (UK) and the University of Herat (Afghanistan). The aim was to co-construct a model of training, based on humanistic approaches, in order to enhance counselling services in Afghanistan and to establish counselling training at the University of Herat. Two groups of participants received 120 h training each. In February 2014 a selected group received a further training for trainers. Strengths and limitations of this project are explored as well as its impact on the Afghan community and further developments for counselling in this context.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 09/2014; 36(3).
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    ABSTRACT: Cult survivors experience psychological challenges after leaving a cult, and reintegration into society can be a difficult process. Children who are born and raised in cults face additional challenges (e.g., effects of abuse and neglect, attachment disorders, and lack of education). Scant attention has been paid in the literature to the experiences and treatment needs of these second-generation cult survivors. In this study, the experiences of 15 second-generation adult former cult members were explored involving constructivist grounded theory and a social justice-focused inquiry. Findings hold promise for increasing counselors’ understanding of former cult members’ experiences, needs, and concerns, supporting competent counseling practice with this population.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 06/2014; 36(2).
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    ABSTRACT: There has been a significant increase in the number of international students pursuing higher education in the U.S. since 2001. Upon arrival, students are often beset with feelings of isolation and alienation, which are characteristic of adjusting to a new culture. African International students, specifically Black-African international students, are no different in this regard and often experience significant adjustment concerns. Most notable of the concerns for Black-African students are the issues of prejudice and discrimination, which can lead to the experience of acculturative stress. It is, therefore, imperative that institutions find ways to help Black-African international students adjust better to life in the U.S. This paper discusses some adjustment concerns of Black-African international students and provides some suggestions for addressing their concerns.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 06/2014; 36(2).
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    ABSTRACT: The study examined perceived causes of mental health problems and professional help-seeking behavior among university students in Ethiopia. Data were collected from 370 students from four randomly selected colleges. The results revealed that the majority of the participants were able to recognize major mental health problems such as schizophrenia and major depressive disorder. They attributed mental health problems to psychosocial and biomedical factors and most of the participants had positive attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 06/2014; 36(2).
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    ABSTRACT: Research establishes a strong link between contact with nature and enhanced human wellness. Given the potential benefits of nature experiences on enhancing mental health, the authors advocate for a greater inclusion of nature-based approaches into professional practice. A case example and implications for practice are presented.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 06/2014; 36(2).
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    ABSTRACT: This study extended the consideration of help-negation in regard to suicide to that of depressive symptoms in a large sample of 981 Chinese university students in Taiwan. The study examined the help-negation effects of depression and the impact of gender, anxiety, and help-seeking attitudes on that relationship. Chinese students, aged 17 to 27 years, completed a self-report survey that included measures of help-seeking behavior, depression, anxiety, and help-seeking attitudes. Results revealed higher levels of depressive symptoms were related to decreased likelihood of seeking help from friends and parents, indicating a possible help-negation effect of depression. In regard to the impact of gender, anxiety, and help-seeking attitudes, results showed that help-seeking attitudes were consistently positively correlated with seeking help from friends, parents, and professional helpers. Gender significantly moderated the relationship between depression and professional help-seeking. Implications for intervention are discussed within the Chinese cultural context.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 06/2014; 36(2).
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    ABSTRACT: This pilot study explores the impact of secondary stress on the emotional well-being of local mental health professionals (N = 44) in Sierra Leone, a country recovering from a brutal civil war, while examining the types of training and support offered to these professionals by their organizations. While age and number of different types of traumatizing life events to which a professional was exposed was significantly associated with emotional well-being (r(33) = −.39, p = .02 and r(33) = .33, p = .05 respectively), traumatizing life events did not predict depression or PTSD and work-related stress was not found to predict any symptoms. The results are discussed in light of challenges faced by local mental health professionals who work with a traumatized population while dealing with their own conflict-related experiences and their professional and organizational support systems. Implications for future research and self-care strategies are also highlighted.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 06/2014; 36(2).
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    ABSTRACT: It is important that counselors understand the socio-cultural dimensions of social adaptation among immigrant students. While many psychological theories could provide suitable frameworks for examining these, in this article, I argue that symbolic interactionism could provide an additional valuable framework for (a) exploring the intersections of cultural script, construction of meaning, role identities, and the social adaptation of new immigrant students; and (b) conceptualizing potential school counseling support interventions.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 06/2014; 36(2).
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    ABSTRACT: This multiple qualitative case study with eight immigrant women examined women’s stories of migration and post-relocation adjustment to the U.S. The results showed that women described their lived experiences in distinctly gendered terms. The four superordinate themes that were present in their stories were Gendered Adaptation, Gendered Resilience, Gendered Violence, and Gendered Discrimination. Implications of these results for counseling practice, research, and advocacy are discussed.
    International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 03/2014;