Category Archive: Articles, Seventh Edition – Volume 7, No. 1, September, 2019

The lived experiences of adult crystal methamphetamine users: A qualitative study

Return to Journal Articles Girija Dadhe, Master of Counselling and Psychology, counsellor and psychotherapist, Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Cathy Bettman, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology.   Introduction Amphetamines are the most commonly used illicit drugs in Australia after cannabis (Degenhardt, Barker & Topp, 2004, as cited in Stough et al., …

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The experiences and needs of carers during mental health crises: A mixed-methods study

Return to Journal Articles Helen Shann, Psychologist, Jade Sheen, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychologist, MAPS, Delise Francis, BNurs, BAppsc(Psych), GCert (Psych), PGDipNirse (Periop), PGDipPsych(Hons), and Jennifer Pohl. This work was supported by School of Psychology, Deakin University.    Introduction Deinstitutionalisation of mental health care began in Australia in the mid-1980s, with inadequate provision of resources for …

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Pluralism in counselling and psychotherapy: An introduction to theory and implications for practice

Return to Journal Articles Mark Pearson, M.Ed(BEM), PhD., Senior Lecturer in Counselling, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Marc de Bruin, B.Law, Grad.DipMBCT, Dip.C., Post-graduate student at University of the Sunshine Coast    Introduction There is a vast array of approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. Nearly 15 years ago, Norcross (2005) estimated that there were …

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The threads of a narrative: An exploration of identity

Return to Journal Articles Grant Thomas Ryan, Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Science (Psychology).    “Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I-I hardly know, sir, just at present­—at least I know who …

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Investigating what Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students seek in a counselling service

Return to Journal Articles Emma Chow, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Pol Dominic Miles-McCann, PhD, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology, psychotherapist.   Introduction Young people have the greatest need for mental health support, yet are the age group least likely to seek help (McGorry, Bates, & Birchwood, …

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Applying the Radical Exposure Tapping protocol in the treatment of trauma-related emotional reactivity: A phenomenological case study

Return to Journal Articles Emil Barna, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, counsellor and psychotherapist, Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Denis O’Hara, PhD, Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Australian College of Applied Psychology.    Introduction Trauma has been described as an experience that can negatively impact an individual’s ability to cope, sometimes leading to a …

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From ethics to ethos: An expanded agenda for counsellor training and development

Return to Journal Articles Jim Schirmer, MCouns, Associate Lecturer, University of Queensland   Introduction Professional codes of ethics are designed to perform a number of crucial functions, such as informing professionals of the standards of conduct, providing a means of protection to the public through accountability, and offering a reference point to guide practice (Herlihy …

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