News and Updates
Supporting Multiculturalism in Illinois
The development and adoption of multicultural counseling competencies (Sue, Arredondo, and McDavis, 1992) by the American Counseling Association (ACA) began a critical effort in advocating for diverse clients, ethnic minority communities and underserved populations in the United States. These competencies have also impacted the ACA Code of Ethics (2014) and counselor preparation standards (CACREP, 2016). Because Multicultural Counseling and Therapy (MCT) has made such important impact in the profession, it has been referred as the Forth Force in counseling (Pedersen, 1990) preceded by Psychoanalysis (First Force), Cognitive-behaviorism (Second Force), and Humanism-Existentialism (Third Force).
National Suicide Prevention Week
Suicide remains shrouded in myth and shame. However, most suicides are caused by undiagnosed and untreated emotional disorders. The first week of September is deemed National Suicide Prevention Week across the nation. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on the average of every 12.5 minutes. Suicide is second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. The elderly makeup 12.4% of the population but comprise 16% of all suicides. Approximately 42,800 people die each year from suicide and the numbers are increasing.