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Women’s Therapy Sources of San Francisco does not provide services to those in western Pennsylvania, but their website provides useful information about a variety of mental health disorders and therapies, such as grief and loss, anxiety, eating disorders, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, poetry therapy, and depression. Along with the information about the above-mentioned topics, they offer some suggestions on how to get started on your own if you are interesting in using poetry therapy to cope with pain or reducing your anxiety to manageable levels. Links to various articles and resources are also provided on the website. Although the information on this site was compiled and created by female therapists for other females, I still found the information relevant and insightful to myself, a male reader. +Brian+

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh website is a great resource for anyone in the helping profession. Start at the homepage and click on tools and resources. It offers library resources and links to Pittsburgh agencies that assist with counseling, treatment, food, clothing, government benefits, health and medical, homelessness, parenting, and senior services. The direct links to the various departments and agencies are real time savers. The website also has a link that provides a list of Pittsburgh social service organizations. Whether you’re looking for resources for a client or conducting a job search for yourself this is the website to turn to for referrals. +Dolly+

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has webpages full of social service organizations in Pittsburgh listed alphabetically. This site has organizations listed as a resource for all communities. The agencies are listed as a hyperlink with a description of what each agency provides. This is not only a great resource for clients but also counselors. I actually used this site to look for different services Allegheny County offered just to be informed. This site is also a good tool to use for job hunting. +Channing+

United Way of Allegheny County website is a good resource for clients and counselors. Start at the homepage and click on Get Help. The menu will offer directories and guides. The child development booklets are terrific and cover developmental stages from age one to age eight. The booklets are written in language that is straightforward and easy to understand. Other directories include help with housing and mortgages, wages and benefits for employees that work for nonprofit organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania, parent’s guides, and African-American leadership resources. These are just a few of the resources available. +Dolly+

Department of Veteran Affairs, Pittsburgh Healthcare System: Vet Centers provide services for all veterans who served in combat zones and their families. The vet center offers counseling in areas that include readjustment, individual, group, marital and family, bereavement, employment, and military sexual trauma counseling. Services are also provided that include medical referrals, assistance with VA benefits, and community outreach. The three closest Vet Centers are located in Pittsburgh, McKeesport, and Wheeling, W.V. The website provided contact information to these three locations and a link the National Vet Center website. The National Vet Center website had more information to include suicide prevention assistance and information on mobile vet centers. There are over 300 Vet Centers nationwide that provide veterans and their families with these services. +Tiffany+

Online Counseling, the help you need, right here, right now. This is a website that can be used by both counselors and clients. It provides numerous resources that can be obtained online, hotline numbers, and books that can be read from authors that are survivors of overcoming trauma in a nonmedical way. So much of what we do today is based online; so this is one more way to try and encourage emotional wellbeing. +Hayley+

Dental Fear is a website specifically designed for individuals who have intense fears about going to the dentist. There is a forum for individuals to talk about their fears with peers, or to pose questions to a dentist that will give them accurate feedback. This sit also offers resources to find a dentist and find out about basic dental care. What is striking about this site is it offers a section for abuse survivors and tips for both patients and dentists. There are articles on how to deal with flashbacks and triggers, in addition to information about the connection between dental anxiety and those who are sexual abuse survivors. (Read an interview with Dr. Carmen Santos, whose dissertation topic was “The Identification and Treatment of Adult Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse with Dental Anxiety.”) +Katie+

Help Guide is a trusted nonprofit resource developed in 1999. Helpguide’s mission is to “help people understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges.” The site has a variety of topics, including mental and emotional health, family and relationships, healthy living, and senior and aging. Each category is broken down into subjects (such as anxiety, addiction, and sleep) that offer a detailed approach into that subject matter. One can sign up to receive a free monthly newsletter; the articles are very informative. Also, one can enroll in a free online course through emotional intelligence central that teaches about how to enhance and improve relationships. Helpguide’s editorial team consists of a group of professionals in various fields, such as a sociology, psychology, and health and fitness that offer a balanced view on everyday issues. I believe this is a reputable and educational site that can help people struggling with a range of issues. +Kristina+

This is a comprehensive, user-friendly site to help people understand, prevent, and resolve life’s challenges. This site is a valuable resource to any person seeking self-help (on a wide range of topics) on the Internet. The authors launched this website after their twenty-nine-year-old daughter committed suicide. They feel her suicide could have been prevented if she would have had access to the type of information found on this site. Information includes many topics ranging from mental and emotional health to family and relationships, healthy living, and seniors and aging. The site is updated daily and offers many links to articles, books, self-help courses, emergency hotlines, videos, questionnaires, and fact sheets. This site is a great tool for counselors to share with clients of all ages and backgrounds. +Connie+

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Pat Deegan's website is a wonderful source of information for both Service users and Service providers alike. Patricia Deegan, Phd. shares
her journey of recovery and how this experience has inspired her to create this company to spread the "conspiracy of hope for recovery". She provides consultation to non profit mental health organizations and has created a number of recovery enhancing tools for both staff and service users. The website contains a Recovery Journal Blog page in which Pat Deegan shares her widely published papers relating to her recovery. The mission of her company is to improve personal, social, economic, emotional and culture well being of people with psychiatric disabilities. The website features a list of products and tools created to promote recovery practices, that can be purchased at a very reasonable rate. {Marie}

Find Counseling is a website that began in 1996 and is a great resource for mental health information and services. The site could be used by clients and counselors. The site is divided into several sections. There is an online directory that allows individuals to find a therapist in their area. There is another helpful section on the site for clients called “Mental Health Resources.” This section has a mental health glossary and journal so clients are able to find information on mental health topics. There is also a section called Psychology News and Research Briefs and has news and topics related to mental health. Something that was interesting about this site was the listing of several hotlines and help-lines that clients can utilize. The site was very user friendly and had very useful information. There is a section for Therapists that allows them to list their practice in the online directory. There is also information about professional mental health associations and upcoming conferences and seminars. {Kelly}

Gottman Institute focuses on researching and restoring relationships. This site lends itself to both clients and counselors by offering information on couples retreats as well as professional training. This site also has a relationship quiz to get things started. There is no advertising on this page. {Erika}

Mental Health America (MHA) is a small site that is easy to navigate, and does not overwhelm the user with too many links or too much information. It offers the user an understanding of mental health and mental illness, easy to use screenings that include recommendations, and a list of crisis resources. The site also offers tips for physical health and wellness. The one downside - the link to screening depression in African Americans did not work. Hopefully that resource will be restored. {Marie}

Advantage Credit Counseling Service, Inc (ACCS) is a non-profit organization that services many states in the U.S. This site discusses how your financial situation can have an impact on your mental health or vice versa. This section “Mental health, debt management, and bankruptcy prevention: Part 1” talks about a study done by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that focuses on depression and poverty. ACCS is a great organization that can help with debt management such as bad credit or bankruptcy. It will be especially helpful to those in difficult financial situations during a period of their mental illness. I really like this site because it was different and could be very beneficial with daily living situations for those with mental health and debt issues. {Monique}

Department of Health and Human Services of Allegheny has a variety of information regarding services and things to do in and round the city of Pittsburgh. It covers social and human services ranging from birth to death. It is a great resource tool that has several offices and the services. This website can help open the door to getting a loved one (or yourself) the things they need. There are events and vital information that affect Allegheny County. {Tamera}

Nuin Center for wellness and conferences is an integrative and holistic center which offers a variety of services and has many practitioners who specialize in various areas. The services include: psychotherapy, spiritual counseling, Acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, meditation, holistic workshops, and more. The Nuin Center encourages both inner and outer work on the self. What a wonderful place right in our own city of Pittsburgh on the Eastside of town. {Maria}

Changing Minds is an informative website that provides education (over 3500 pages) about how we communicate with others. It offers many skills and techniques which are helpful to use when teaching clients social skills including conversational skills and assertiveness skills. Although it is written in everyday language that most people could understand, it provides enough depth that it is interesting even for educated professionals. Personally, I use this website on a regular basis to develop curriculum to teach to psycho-educational groups. {Rebecca}

SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information through the U.S. Department of health and Human Services is a component of the SAMHSA Health Information Network. This website provides a list with a great deal of information regarding drug and alcohol treatment including publications regarding various issues surrounding different drugs. In addition to the list of publications regarding different drugs, there is also a list entitled “Audience” which gives a list of specific audiences of people and provides publications geared towards that specific population. In my opinion, the most important component of the website is located under the resources tab. Once this is selected, counselors and clients have access to several useful resources related to drug and alcohol abuse and treatment. There is a link for the SAMHSA’s Treatment Facility Locator which provides information on treatment facilities throughout the United States. Additionally, there are self-help resources available and a list of useful websites which are not affiliated with SAMHSA. {Bethany}

The Anger & Counseling Institute of Pittsburgh offers classes that aim at helping people to manage their anger more effectively. The Institute also offers individual counseling sessions and is located in Pittsburgh. {Shawn}

Ninth Degree is a site dedicated to the exploration of diversity. The pages within it include several submitted writings from various readers sharing their stories of the challenges they’ve endured and challenges they’ve overcome. What I particularly like about the site is the ability to use humor throughout. Among the links to other useful sites, ranging from advocacy to meditation, there are examples of character strength to not overcome daunting situations but to reflect upon them in an appreciative and lighthearted way. {Jared}

The Healthy Place is an interesting website that provides information on psychological disorders, psychiatric medications, psychological tests, breaking mental health news, and more! My current place of employment is looking to update our library on information pertaining to drug/alcohol addiction, and there were several books recommended on this site. One great feature on this website are online journals kept by people with various mental health issues who take the time to discuss their personal struggles and successes with visitors to this site. (Melissa)

(2) Healthy Place explores mental health issues that can be explored by consumers as well as professionals. It also has an area dedicated to mental health problems among minorities that I found very useful. “At HealthyPlace.com, you’ll find comprehensive, authoritative information on psychological disorders, psychiatric medications, active chatrooms, hosted support groups, journals/diaries, online psychological tests, breaking mental health news, and HealthyPlace.com Radio, our weekly live mental health radio show.” This site was very interesting as it offered in-depth information on psychiatric medication, diseases and conditions, online psychological tests, films, videos, books, and resource phone numbers. This site is dedicated to the medical model. The advertisers for this site are prescription drug companies that make psychotropic medication. (Lisa)

This site provides mental health information, support, and chat rooms for those that would like to share their experiences. The website also includes links to many other sites that provide specific information on many disorders. They also include a listing of books, films, journals, resource phone numbers, and a lot of information about psychiatric medications that are prescribed. (Jessica)

In the community, services are more difficult to obtain. Whether they are mental health, drug and alcohol, or medical in nature, to find service providers who understand and are willing to work and are sensitive in this segment of society is rare. This site offers a lot of resources for the deaf community, as well as a link to Gallaudet University. This is one of the largest university to education the deaf and hard of hearing individual. (Brandy)

This learning disabiliteis site has two areas of special focus, including a kid’s zone and ask an attorney/ teacher forums. This site has universal appeal. (Jennifer)

The International Society of Mental Health Online website effectively targets these two audiences by promoting membership, online discussion groups, and articles focusing on issues such as depression and anxiety. (Jennifer)

I found the Surgeon General Mental Health site to be interesting and functional based mostly on the resources that are listed in order to find additional information based on different cultures, races, and ethnicity. The five subgroups listed are African Americans, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, Latinos/Hispanic Americans, Native American Indians, and Multicultural. This website as a whole did not seem to be updated and supplied general information. I will be interested in following up on the websites that are recommended. (Denise)

Vocational Psychology was established by Andrew D. Carson, Ph.D., in Chicago, Ill. He specializes in vocational exploration, identifying promising career directions that take into account the development of interests, skills, and barriers, both real and perceived. The site includes assessment, counseling, essays, a library of resources on occupational information, book lists for professionals, and even poetry, for those seeking meaning in their lives. There are links to courses, journals, test publishers, job searches, and online resources. This is a great website for those interested in vocational counseling or needing vocational guidance. (Cynthia)

The Vocational Research Institute website is for adult and special need career planning solutions. The site includes vocational exploration, assessment, vocational resources, and a program called VITAS—Vocational Interest Temperament Aptitude Survey, a “hands on” sample system for assessing vocational interest, temperament, and aptitude. In addition, ESTIP—Employability Skills Training and Implementation Program—is a software-based learning system that helps build self-esteem and work ethic. This is a website that will be helpful to vocational counselors as well as those seeking direction in a vocational choice. (Cynthia)

The fibromyalgia and myofascial pain website is geared towards mental health professionals. It even states that fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome are medical problems, and may offer an answer to some of your “challenging“ patients. Both medical problems cause pain and fatigue, and often no cause can be indicated for the symptoms. These conditions are often times labeled as “It’s all in your head” syndrome due to the difficult nature of the diagnosis. The article explains both medical conditions and what associated symptoms to expect. The website then gives advice for working with such patients, in that depression normally follows. (Megan)

CODI serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. At the home screen, type in the disability that your interested in learning more about, and a variety of articles and other information will appear. In addition is the CODI directory for information about obtaining assistive technology and other links. This is a very user-friendly website and is designed to find information quickly. There are so many individuals out there that have questions about themselves or someone else, this website would be a great resource for them. (Kristi)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, school accommodations, and information for employment links. JAN also gives information on the Americans with Disability Act and the employability of people with disabilities. JAN wants to assist you in the best way that they can and guarantees that when you call you will always be helped by a live individual. JAN’s web page is categorized as to if you are an employer or consumer and what areas you require accommodations in. JAN is a great free resource that anybody working with people with disabilities should be aware of. (Kristi)

This is an interesting general therapy website that offers a variety of different topics. On the home page there is a section entitled “About Therapy” describing different types of therapy, when to seek therapy, confidentiality, and help locating a therapist. Other sections include life topics, a marketplace for locating books and magazines, and self-help products. Featured columns with articles by professionals in the field were also part of the site. The site also offers an “In the News” section to keep professionals updated on topics that are of interest to the general public. The site also has different sections that provide information on various medical or social conditions, self-assessments, and resources. Links to different sites focusing on similar topics such as drug abuse, sexual addiction, and drug rehabilitation are also provided. (Katja Smithley)

The Health Journeys website is a multimedia publishing company operated by psychotherapist/teacher Belleruth Naparstek that produces and distributes imagery and meditation CDs, books, and software. These holistic health tools teach healing and wellness practices. Product catalog and audio samples are available online. Tools may be used in hospital, clinical, recreation, work, and home settings. Materials can be custom made for distribution by advocacy organizations. Over fifty topics featured are available to order. Good resource for person interested in using imagery or meditation as a treatment modality or for personal use. I personally discovered the audios on relaxation and breathing to be helpful for stress management. (Leanna)

The NeuroGenesis (commercial) website is about supplemental drugs to help combat stress, depression, and ADD/ADHD with an emphasis on concentration. One drug offered is beCalm’d which is listed along with its ingredients and dosage. This site shares testimonials from successful users of beCalm’d. Viewers are able to e-mail the founder of beCalm’d at Adrian@iwr.com. The site has had a tremendous response as viewed. (Noretta)

The PsycheCentral site is updated and maintained by Dr. John Grohol. Counselors and consumers alike may find it useful as a resource for online mental health and psychology. It offers links to psychology support groups and mental health resources. There are community support forum listings, loive chats with Dr. Grohol, recommended readings, and a medication library. There is also a frequently asked questions section and a suicide helpline. The site also offers a Mental Disorder Symptom Database with additional articles and essays. As an additional bonus to counselors, this site offers a Medline search and a psychology encyclopedia. (Joan)

PsychWeb is a psychology portal designed to provide links to pertinent psychology websites on the net and secure e-mail. This site is a vast spectrum of mental disorders, Hipaa sites, testing, professional associations, publications, continuing education, and government sites, with links to many websites which counselors in various practice settings, as well as students and the community, will find useful. This site is loaded with website listings for further research on mental health topics. (Joan)

The Mental Help website is updated by Center Site, LLC of Dublin Ohio. The site contains a variety of informative articles and current news relating to health issues, along with book reviews, and provides links to current mental health topics using a quick search tool. The site is an excellent resource for child counselors, addictions counselors, and marriage and family counselors as well as community counselors both in healthcare and business. (Joan)

This mental help site has information on the following topics: moods, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar, alcohol and substance abuse, personality disorders, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, sexual problems, sleeping disorders, and other health and medical issues. There are links for supports for disorders and links to treatment information. It is a good resource for clinicians. (Kristi)

The National Institute of Mental Health’s website offers information on many mental health issues, but the most interesting to me were the “For the Public” and “For Practitioners” links. “For the Public” had the most responsible explanations I have seen on any website of particular diagnoses, symptoms, causes, and treatment and self-help options. The section on depression was eleven pages long and included references (so you know where the information came from!) and other agencies and websites that offer information and help. “For Practitioners” listed conferences, workshops, and current research findings on many diagnoses, medications, and other treatment issues. NIMH also offers an E-mail Listserv service. You can receive information and changes to the website via e-mail, rather than having to visit the site to see if it has been updated. (Michelle)

The MacArthur Foundation’s website on Mental Health and the Law provides full-text access to the foundations’ research reports on issues of treatment coercion, adjudicative competence, violence, violence risk assessment, and treatment competence. All reports have full citations about where the information was obtained, unlike many less responsible Internet sources. These reports are intended to provide information to policymakers and lawmakers for making mental health policy decisions. The authors of these studies are fully-credentialed clinicians and university researchers. The MacArthur Foundation supports research in many areas of mental health. More information can be accessed through the foundation’s main website. I found these websites fascinating and downloaded all of the mental health and the law reports for future use. Everything on these sites was intelligently written and responsibly presented. If you listen to National Public Radio or watch public television, you have probably heard of the MacArthur Foundation and know that they are involved in research and funding in many areas of benefit to the public. (Michelle)

While searching for sites about drug and alcohol counseling, I found that many of them were listed under colleges and universities. This website is from the University of Pittsburgh, offering a free counseling center to its students. This center is basically available to for any type of counseling, such as group counseling, individual counseling, or just a consultation. It is mostly used for students who need to talk about everyday problems, but they offer sexual assault and crisis counseling as well. The counseling services links give you an idea of what will go on and what will be talked about, so that you are not completely in the dark about what is going on. It’s definitely aimed towards the students. (Abigail)

Massachusetts General, Mayo Clinic Keep Top Psychiatry and Neurology Spots in U.S. News & World Report’s ’Best Hospitals’ Survey — This website contains a lot of information and a lot of different topics. This particular article on the page discusses the top ten psychiatric hospitals, with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center coming in at number ten. I think this is one of the best sites I have had the chance to research. It is very clear and provides a considerable amount of material. It provides a list of disorders alphabetically and allows you to find out more information on them. (Abigail)

Mental Health lists psychiatric medications by generic name with the brand name in parentheses and describes the pharmacology, indications, warnings, contraindications, precautions, adverse effects, overdose information, dosage, and the research behind the medication. Provides information on mental health disorders and how they affect the quality of life. They use research to support descriptions as well as treatment and diagnosis. The provide magazines and books on mental health. (Jessie)

(2) This site is a good site for counselors or individuals with mental health disorders. It has links to disorders, diagnosis, quality of life, medications research, mental health news, books, and Internet links. This site also has a help link to walk people through the process of finding something on the Internet. (Rad)

(3) I found this website very interesting and full of information that seems to be updated daily. Highlighted Features and Newsroom had information from publications as current as today. There was also a section where information, publications, etc., can be ordered for free. Another section that I enjoyed was Professional Information, where a person can put in a month and topic of interest and the site provides trainings/conferences available all over the world. The only problem with getting the trainings/conferences available was that the search was by month and you also could not narrow down where the search would locate the trainings/conferences (i.e., the United States) so you have to go through the information of other countries. There was a section specific to children and consumer survivors and dealing with the stigma and ways to decrease the stigma and discrimination. In Consumer Survivors, a consumer can look into getting funding to assist with attending trainings that may otherwise be inaccessible due to money. There was a lot more to this site, and anybody reading this would be encouraged to look into it because of the information and connection to other links that are available. (Denise)

(4) I first found this site while looking for those pertaining to counseling and disasters. This is an excellent resource for disaster counseling but also HIV/Aids counseling, family and adolescents counseling, homelessness, special populations and many more. There are also links that will connect the reader to all sorts of websites and publications on many different subjects as well as counseling styles and theories. (Jim)

While many question Dr. Phil McGraw’s motives and thoughts, I found this site to be very insightful into the kinds of daily issues that people have in their lives. On this site, you can ask questions and get involved in a chat forum on topics that have been discussed. You can also send Dr. Phil questions and order tapes of previous shows. This site contains a wide variety of topics, which I found to be a positive. There are also links for things like setting goals and discovering who you are and where you came from. This is a good information site for those wanting to involve themselves in reality therapy. (Vincent)

Find-a-Therapist is a member of the International Society for Mental Health Online (ISMHO). A client going to this site is able to pick a therapist from the directory given to either see in person or to receive E-therapy from. A client or MH professional is able to find the correct therapist to fit their needs. The site gives resources like books, crisis services, and news. I think this site could offer help to those who do not know where to turn to get the best therapy they need. (Katie)

This website is the work of the University of Michigan Health System. It covers a variety of health topics, and this is just one of the many pages of information it offers. This particular section of the website is devoted to autism and pervasive developmental disorders. As the title suggests, the goal of this website is to provide information and support to parents of autistic children. The website provides a comprehensive view of autism by offering information on the different disorders on the autism spectrum as well as information about causes, diagnosis, and treatment options. Particularly helpful are the sections on special education, legal rights, and parenting tips. Since parents of autistic children are often overwhelmed with the care of their child, it is good to see that this website addresses some of the educational, legal, and parenting issues that parents face. I feel that this website could be immensely helpful to parents whose child has been newly diagnosed because it covers all the bases. The section that deals with information and support provides an abundance of resources on a variety of topics. Parents can obtain information on one of the different autism societies or on one of the different treatment methods discussed. I was very impressed with the amount and types of resources presented in this section. This website is very thorough in its presentation. I believe that a counselor could feel comfortable in referring parents to this site. Counselors could also benefit in learning more about autism from the information provided. (Valerie)

Guided Imagery appears to have many benefits while remaining relatively simple. Guided Imagery is visualizing yourself at peace in order to manage stress or when coping with loss. According to the site, there are many physiological and psychological benefits to Guided Imagery, including reducing the need for medication. This technique can be done alone or with a coach. Several times during group therapy my students participated in guided imagery exercises through the use of a cassette tape. It greatly decreased the anxiety level of the majority of students that participated. (Michelle)

The Northern County Psychiatric Associates offers a website that provides information and support to counselors and clients dealing with practically any type of mental health issue. This site appears all-encompassing as it offers general information about disorders as well as jokes and comical stories in regards to the profession. Articles by educated professionals written for professionals as well as children and teenagers allow this website to appeal to all ages. It is an excellent place to resolve any of your mental health questions, as you are able to do a search from this site. I highly recommend this site. (Stephanie)

What is Primal Integration” — Primal Integration is a unified approach (a branch of primal therapy) to growth and healing that combines deep psychotherapy, spiritual practice, and holistic healthcare within a safe, non-directive relationship with modalities that include client-centered counseling, body work, gestalt, etc. It is hosted by Sam Turton, who is a Primal Integration therapist/facilitator. Turton also wrote an interesting article called “The Colorado Rebirthing Ban.” I found this website to be interesting, being that I had never heard of primal psychotherapy. It was linked to web sites about regressive and attachment therapies. (Nicholle)

This is the Psychotherapy Information and Consulting Site. PIC is an organization based out of the metropolitan area of New York and New Jersey. If you are looking for a psychotherapy referral, PIC will help you find a psychotherapist. You just simply explain to them your needs. On this site there is also a complete listing of the mental health services they can furnish for you, as well as links to sites concerning mental health issues. There is also a listing of the forms of counseling services available through PIC—they offer individual, group, family, and couple and marital counseling. They utilize telephone therapy for those outside of the New York area. I thought this could be helpful in locating a therapist who is best suited for you. (Erin)

This self-help organization is nationwide and is member managed. Originating in 1937, Self Help was founded by a psychiatrist, Dr. Abraham Low. The site itself is easy to navigate and not filled with extra information that would be difficult to process for someone suffering the stresses of mental illness. There are a few but excellent links for the client to use that connect with mainline mental health organizations. It is a very nonthreatening site that emphasizes the positive aspects of meeting with others. Included is the address of the headquarters in Chicago. An easy-to-use locator map makes it easy to find meeting sites, and there are sites in the Pittsburgh area. (Pat)

This Drug Information site for professionals and consumers. It requires that you register with a name and password but there is no cost. It is an informational site that sells no medications or drug store products, but there are advertisements for other purchasing sites. Once you enter the name of the medication it will give you information and you can choose three levels of information; consumer, advanced consumer, and professional. Depending on how much information you need or desire you can choose your information. An added feature is that of pill identification. By selecting from shape, color, and imprint it will give you a picture and name of the medication. It does warn that this does not replace a pharmacist. For those that need information about specific medication, this is more user-friendly than some of the medical professional sites. There is a disease information area also, but this is very limited in the information that is dispenses. (Pat)

This is the website of “The Healing Story Alliance,” which is a branch of the National Storytelling Network. It is a special interest group to inform, inspire, nurture, and heal through storytelling and hopes to share their expertise with counselors, ministers, and anyone who can use stories in a healing way. It is a nifty website to investigate. One enters through a medieval, fantasy (Lord of the Rings) doorway to a well-designed homepage that has lots of easy-to-access information (and stories!). There are important guidelines for storytelling, events, articles, stories for children in crisis, and more. (Katherine)

This site of Kay Porterfield, M.A., accesses growth and healing through creativity. There are many links to other sites of interest for counselors or clients. The article about phototherapy, “Photography as a Healing Art,” was especially interesting and well done. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”—Dorothea Lange (Katherine)

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer’s Asssociation website is great for both clients and counselors. It is an organization that both clients and counselors can belong to where they can receive a newsletter and learn about attending trainings in the area on mental health and stigma. Your membership allows you to belong to their video library in which you can check out videos on mental illness and recovery. Clients can learn about advocacy and meet other members in the area. This group can help clients feel like they belong to something. (Jodi)

Counseling.com is an educational/informational website devoted to providing a general overview of the counseling field. It is basically broken down into three major sections: for the therapists, for the community, and for the students. The therapists’ section includes items such as a resource center with journal articles and seminar postings, a job line, and a licensure database. The community section has a FAQ section (regarding counseling), a reference section, and a self-help section. The students’ section includes information about various schools, career links, and other general information on how to excel while in graduate programs. The site offers links to various other mental health sites as well. (Skip)

This website has three main sections. The first is For Therapists, which offers therapists the chance to become a paid member. As a member, they can publish articles, advertise, and give online counseling. There is also a job line, a resource center, and a conference board where a listing of seminars and workshops would be available. The next section is For The Community. This section includes a library, a group forum, a therapist locator, and a bookstore. The third section is For The Students, which I thought would be very helpful to a student thinking about graduate school. There was a forum, career help, GRE information, school links and information, financial aid information, as well as articles with helpful advice. (Erin)

This website is helpful to both students and therapists. The student link of the website is maintained by psychology students and has many helpful links to information on graduate school searches, financial aid, tips for doing well in graduate school, and for getting an internship. For therapists there is information on marketing and building your practice and opportunities to publish your articles for the community to read. If one is looking for a therapist, there is also a “therapist finder,” where the searcher enters their city, metro, state, and issue(s) they are looking to have treated. This is definitely a site I would visit in the future. (Melissa DeFrancesco)

Growth Central is a website with varied information. It offers a link to phone consultation by professional counselors, program information, and a book store. The primary focus of information on the home page is related to relationships, assertiveness, anxiety, binge eating, and anger, but there is information offered on other topics such as mania, links to information about counseling for individuals with HIV, as well as professional programs and resources. If I were to rate this website in comparison with some of the others, I would say this is fair. It would be valuable for both the client and the therapist. (Marianne)

Dreamscope enables you to click on the type of dream that you would like to evaluate. It does so by having topics listed. You click on a particular topic and it talks about what that portion of the dream symbolizes. This website contains information from the book 10,000 Dreams: Interpreted or What’s in a Dream by Hindman Miller. (Kelly)

Wellness.com was founded in July 1999 by practicing physicians Donald L. McGee, MD, Ph.D., and Rayna Alexander, MD, Ph.D. This site focuses on every aspect of wellness: community, family, health conditions, insurance plans, lifestyles, longevity, nutrition, and mind-body, and numerous other topics are available in the directory. They also provide a section that allows you to click on different conditions and research them. There is also a link to health programs for people of all ages. (Kelly)

Provided by Dr. Bob of the University of Chicago, this site greets you with a snappy musical version of “Life Goes On,” which works to draw visitors in for a closer look. Dr. Bob offers a virtual “En-psych-lopedia” where a search is offered to lead you to information or more helpful web pages on a variety of psychological topics. I enjoyed this site and found good practical information set up in outline form with links to information or more websites. Visitors are encouraged to “plug into Dr. Bob,” whose picture is presented with a plug and cord coming from the top of his head. Humor a definite asset. (Linda)

The Go Ask Alice site has basic, unbiased, understandable, and well thought out answers to questions submitted to the site. It could be a website to refer clients to as a reference for them. It has topics on relationships, sexuality, D&A, emotional health, fitness, and nutrition. The drawback is that a lot of the questions are focused on college students, but their issues can be relevant to any age and they have a variety of problems. (Kristi)

(2) This is Columbia University’s health question and answer service. Readers can anonymously ask advice and questions regarding their physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual health; about fitness and nutrition; and about alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs. Questions about their relationships are also accepted. Visitors can access questions of the week, search for information on specific topics, or ask Alice. Information is provided by Columbia University health educators and healthcare providers. Additionally, information and research from health-related organizations worldwide are also utilized. A fun, student-oriented site with good use of visual appeal (nice colors) and yet loaded with important information—all addressed seriously and professionally. (Linda)

PsycheWWW gives links to sites dealing with psychology in religion, resource books and journals on the Web, self-help websites, links to colleges’ psychology departments, brochures on the Web, mind tools, sports psychology, and self-help resources. They have a site to search for topics and find other information. This site is very useful as a resource for therapists. There is a wealth of information on the site. (Kristi)

Judge Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law will keep you in touch with mental health legal issues. The center advocates for the mentally disabled and provides resources, educates, and alerts consumers, professionals, and other interested parties about current legislative issues affecting the mentally disabled. (Sandy)

BriefCounseling.com offers confidential, telephone, or online counseling, for a price, in the areas of alcohol/drugs, depression, marriage, eating disorders, stress, and more. The site has been in existence since 1996, with an extensive list of well-trained psychologists who have a minimum of ten years experience. Callers are advised that they will speak with those psychologists who are available during the time of the call. Also psychologists who would like to become a member of the staff are invited to call the listed phone number. Each area sought for counseling comes equipped with a list of possible signs a person can look for prior to calling for help. While this site may be useful for some with its anonymity, others may be uncomfortable paying for services from someone they have never had the opportunity to actually meet. In this sense, the site may be a bit impersonal: however, the only way to truly discern its usefulness would be to ask those who may have benefited. (Quiana)

Date Hook-Up offers resourcess and information on various mental health problems including addiction, ADHD, Schizophrenia, and sexual assault.

Dual Diagnosis is designed to provide information and resources for service providers, consumers, and family members who are seeking information about dual diagnosis. Included on this site is a glossary, links to training opportunities, and links to literature about co-occurring mental illness and alcoholism or drug addiction. (Tracy)

The Survivor’s Art foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encourage trauma survivors to heal through the arts. This website has links to the work of many artists who are trauma survivors. It also contains information for trauma survivors about effective expressive arts outlets. These include their Internet art gallery, outreach programs, national exhibitions of survivor art work, and publications for trauma survivors. This website is definitely client/trauma survivor oriented. (Melissa)

Advance Counseling is an excellent website for information on the following topics: anger management, coaching ( life, employment, etc.), compulsive gambling, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, employee assistance programs, grief and loss, parenting, personal growth, PTSD, relationship advice/help, and stress management. They do offer marriage counseling and individual counseling, but as the website is based out of the Denver/Boulder area, these services are only offered there. The information that they do offer is very interesting and can be useful. (Marianne)

The Feel Good Counseling site offers online counseling options, including marriage and individual counseling. It also offers information on addiction, anxiety/panic, depression, divorce, eating disorders, PMS, sexual health, and stress. It provides you access to a resource library with books and e-booklets that you can purchase. Also, this website gives you access to free chat support groups and a free newsletter. This website can be very useful to both the counselor and the patient in that it can offer information to assist the counselor and or connect a person with information to help determine if counseling is needed. I looked at this website under the subject of depression counseling and it linked me to the Depression Resource Center portion of this website. It is not as informative as some of the other websites are, but it keeps the information geared to those who are seeking counseling. (Marianne)

AllAboutCounseling is a very user-friendly site that provides information of various topics such as gay issues, men: new masculinity, and cultural domestic violence. The site also shares benefits of communication, listening, and developing self-esteem. This site also defines what counseling is and what a client should expect from receiving counseling. This site is very educational, especially giving symptoms of anger, codependency, and anxiety. There is a self-help part to the website where visitors can learn characteristics of true adulthood and relaxation techniques. Also included on the site are links, discussions, and professional resources. (Autumn)

Selfhelp Magazine has provided this website since 1994. It is a very useful and educational site. This site provides articles ranging anywhere from dreams to psychotherapy. The site has over ninety-five discussion forums to read and respond to. The site also contains funny comics for a good laugh. For selfhelp there is an e-mail address provided to answer any questions. My favorite part of the site is the meditation center where a visitor can enjoy a meditation slide show or learn techniques of managing stress or breathing techniques. (Autumn)

Relaxation Techniques for Relief of Anxiety & Stress is very useful for anyone looking to relieve some stress in his or her life. I used this information to facilitate a group on reducing stress and relation techniques with the adolescent girls that I work with. At first, most were resistant about trying them; however, after they did I had nothing but positive feedback returned to me. The site describes several techniques to relieve stress and anxiety through quieting the mind and body, grounding the self, releasing muscle tension, erasing stress, healing the inner child, visualization, and affirmations. There are several exercises associated with each technique. A detailed description of how the respective exercises work with these techniques is also provided. (Wendy)

Inspired Inside is a self-improvement site full of uplifting, motivating content. Go directly to “free stuff” after opening the home page. Truly inspirational! (Sandy)

Personally, I don’t believe in horoscopes or tarot cards; however, I chose this site for “The Meditation Tip Of The Day,” which is updated daily. Also at the bottom of the page is a cartoon which is updated daily as well. (Karen F.)

Included in this site is a full database of resources for Medical, Psychiatric, and Mental Health professionals. Provides educational information for consumers as well as journal research articles for professionals. Information provided includes health and wellness education, results/outcomes of pharmaceutical research, and development of latest protocols for clinical treatment in many disciplines. Site offers personal account (no charge) with password access to full database. Subscribers may request daily e-mails by key wording topics of interest. The information is interesting, current, and abundant. (Mary Ellen)

4 Therapy is excellent for both professionals and consumers. The information available is highly educational and easy to understand. Topics included for review are locating a compatible therapist, types of therapies, self-assessments, and resources/links to specific issues of concern. Professionals are offered overview of training options, latest journal information, and network opportunities with others in the field. This site is especially noteworthy for its ease of access, mobility, and readability. (Mary Ellen)

Psychology Information Online was created to provide a central place on the Internet for information about the practice of psychology. Psychology Information Online provides information about psychological diagnosis, disorders and problems, psychotherapy and counseling (including family therapy, couple counseling and group therapy), behavior therapy (stress management and relaxation skills training, assertiveness training, desensitization for phobias, parenting skills, etc.), psychological evaluations and testing, and other treatment services and also provides information about forensic psychology and psychological consultations for legal matters. This information can be helpful to consumers, psychologists, undergraduate and graduate students of psychology, and anyone interested in accurate information about the practice of psychology. (Nicole B.)

Anger Management. Com was launched in 1997 to provide information and skills related to anger management. It has since grown and now offers a connection to a counselor via phone contact with a disclaimer that if severe issues arise or extensive counseling is required, a referral will be submitted to a local counselor. The website serves as a connection for those who may not otherwise seek assistance to manage their anger via conventional means or for those who have little information about both anger management and counseling. In the website there is information regarding actual anger management steps. It also offers access to a newsletter and message board with topics of interest and discussion. The initiator of the website is Mr. Leonard Ingram. One of the books that appears to be suggested for homework/practice is Managing and Coping with Anger Handbook. To a counselor, it may provide a new perspective to offer patients/clients. Really interesting. (Marianne)

TheCounselors.com is a website for both counselors and persons seeking counseling services. The site lists a number of counselors and a description of their background, credentials and specialty areas. Practitioners have access to creating a virtual online office and to offer their own services. Home study courses are offered for students and/or professionals who could possibly receive CEU credits. Consumers could click onto the clinician whose specialty areas listed would meet the client’s need and have access to links for phone calls, chat services, quick questions, etc., with that counselor. Payments are accepted for services via credit cards and online checks. Taken at face value, this site seems like it could be a good one for someone interested in the convenience of home study courses or in online in-home therapy or for a therapist who’d want to broaden their field of advertisements. Unfortunately, I’m a bit skeptical about most services offered. (Caroline N.)

In this age of cloning and stem cell research, genetics is a major focus in the news today. Genetic Counselors are making solid strides in helping people understand reproductive health. This includes education and measurement of assessing risk. Genetic Counseling allows scientific findings to be explained in practical terms. A genetic counselor works with people and families that may be at risk for inherited disease or an abnormal pregnancy, reviewing the likelihood of having children who are affected. Genetic counselors have to be certified through specific educational curriculum guidelines. They can be doctors and/or nurses with this same type of training. They are experienced at assisting families in understanding birth defects and how inheritance works. They provide information and support that helps families make personal decisions about pregnancy and child care. This site reviews topics that include:

  • Is Genetic Counseling for me?
  • How Inheritance works
  • Ultrasound
  • How Genetic Counselors help you
  • Resource list
  • Family Health History

I believe this site offers a family solid information in their questions and decisions for the future as well as personal-family health history information from the past. Genetic Counseling offers a “whole picture” approach to understanding the complexity of genetic systems. (Patty)

Counseling Web focuses on actual counseling performed by Diana Delaney, Ph.D. Her specialties are listed as relationship conflicts, online dating issues, eating disorders, cross-cultural conflicts, creativity conflicts, self-esteem issues, and expatriation conflicts. A secure server is used to ensure client privacy and create a convenient and personal environment for focusing on a solution to a client’s problems. (Richard)

Basically this is a question and answer website where visitors, including yourself, can submit questions to and receive answers from counselors. Visitors may also browse through the past questions, answers, and advice given in hopes that someone looking for similar answers may also benefit. (Richard)

Behavior.net has an almost magazine-like layout concentrating on behaviorism and related issues. It features news articles, discussions, editorials, links, and even some games related to behavioral health. It is an excellent resource for those wishing to keep up with this field. (Richard)

For my first website I chose the American Psychological Association. This website interested me because it illustrates all the general principles and standards of the APA. The general principles even discusses aspirational goals that can guide psychologists to their highest ideals of psychology. The APA website also shows standards of professional conduct that the therapist should be following. This site could also help the client if she or he feels that their therapist is being unethical. The APA has a Help Center which can help people seeking therapy find a therapist by using a 1-800 number. This number will give people referrals in their area. The potential client or counselor also can read various articles on issues ranging from child abuse to coping with holiday stress. (Jill)

An in-depth look at three relaxation techniques to help control anger. If you have ever had a time when you were feeling angry and didn’t know what to do—this site might be worth looking at. (Kandi)

Anyone who has an interest in dreams and dream interpretation may find this site interesting. It deals with sleep patterns and what your dreams may be communicating to you. There is a dream dictionary. It explains steps on how to deal with reoccurring dreams. This site could be helpful for someone dealing with a nightmare. It could be useful for personal reflections to understand the art of dreaming. I found the dream dictionary interesting. This site is open to a wide variety of viewpoints. It allows viewers to read several articles and gives links to other websites dealing with this topic. (Rosalind)

For both mental health professionals and consumers, Dr Grohol’s Mental Health Page Psych Central directory of mental health resources on the Internet covers a broad spectrum of topics. A brief one-sentence overview underneath the subject heading provides further information, though very general. Topics range from Abuse, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Anxiety and Panic, and Attention Deficit Disorder to Parents and Children, and Personality and Eating Disorders. Subtopics within the general headings also vary a great deal. For example, under the topic of Abuse, additional listings exist for victims of sexual abuse as well as resources addressing offender issues. Also, there is a rating system in which you can see how these resources are rated by other consumers or professionals. The consumer and the professional can both provide feedback. Other features included are book reviews, articles and essays, live chats, and forums. This is a very innovative site as well. (Barb)

Internet Mental Health is a good general purpose site containing descriptions and diagnosis criteria of and discussions about the fifty-four most common mental disorders. Treatment, research, and Internet links are included. (Carol)

This site provides information on the fifty-four most common mental health disorders, plus descriptions, diagnosis, treatment concerns, and research findings. There also links to medication sites with provide warnings, uses, and dosage information. The site has been open since September 1995 and is available in several languages. It provides feedback to questions and concerns. (Tracey)

The “Short Relaxation Techniques” site is from the Sam Houston State University Counseling Center and provides a list and description of some short relaxation techniques. Included are methods of breathing, tensing and relaxing your muscles, body scanning, imaging you are a limp rag doll, and mind quieting. I thought this site was interesting and could be very helpful to many people who are unable to relax. I also like how the descriptions of the techniques were described very simply so that anyone could understand how to perform them. (Lorie)

Healthy Place Mental Health Communities is an interactive website that covers a wide array of general mental health concerns. There are twenty-four-hour chat rooms, support boards, Pals, tools, chat conferences, journals, and more, all with the intention for a user to obtain and keep a healthy frame of mind. This site also provides links to other useful MH sites and current newspaper articles regarding hot topics in the world of mental health. (Stacie)

Tools for coping with a variety of life’s stressors website has won two awards for being user-friendly and very informative. It does exactly as the title says: it provides tools for the reader to use to cope with what is stressing them. It does this through on-site manuals for particular life issues. A glossary of terms is given that is simplified and easy to use and understand. There are self-tests for you to take to determine if you fit into a certain category or diagnosis. Tools to help you cope with your particular issue, step-by-step directions to explore and label feelings, and activities to help you set goals for yourself are just a few examples of this sites’ help offered. It is by far the most proactive self-help site that I have seen thus far. There are also online college courses that you can take regarding certain issues. The links that this site provides have useful tests such as self-assessments online, depression screenings, and emotional intelligence tests. (Stacie)

I found How To Choose A Competent Counselor interesting because it was a topic of one of our class discussions. The site offers someone seeking counseling some good information on how to choose a counselor. It was written by a MH consumer advocate who has had both good and bad personal experiences with therapists/counselors. She offers information on a variety of categories, such as: Therapist’s Credentials, How to find out about the Therapist, What your first session should be like, First contact red flags, etc. The author notes that a counselor’s credentials and particular orientation are not the most important barometers of their competence, but that their degree of talent is also defined by their level of compassion, empathy, and character. In other words, it has more to do with their relationship with you, the client. I didn’t like that there was no mention of the author’s name, though. (Caroline N.)

This site begins by explaining psychotherapy and the building of a relationship. According to the author, a “good” counselor should make you feel safe, offer privacy/confidentiality, and be nonjudgmental. It also informs the reader of some unacceptable practices. Referrals and qualifications are also listed as high importance. This site also gives some pointers on making the first call as well as what you should expect at the first appointment. Basically, this site gives some
pointers as to how to evaluate the true competence and effectiveness of a counselor based on very simple evidence. (Nancy)

The International Society for Mental Health online has multiple addresses for information on subjects of psychotherapeutic interventions. For example, the background and present history of the society, i.e., risks and benefits of membership, issues that are addressed, Internet organizations, or guidelines the society issues. I viewed a photo display taken at a 1999 dinner in Boston, Mass., at the 107th anniversary of the APA. This site also updates you on current topics. The most recent update was August 10, 2000. This site also has links to resource centers for many topics of mental illness, i.e., bipolar disorder gave definition criteria, recognition, treatment, etc. E-therapy. (Juanita)

This site is an individual counselor that offers online help as a family counselor specialist and mediator from Carol Crow, M.E.D., N.C.C. She gives her address, philosophy, lists client comments, and lists affiliations. She uses a therapy I had not heard or read about, namely EMDR. The definition of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is: “This non-drug, non-hypnosis psychotherapy is based on the idea that some of the fears we face are merely earlier life experiences that are locked in our nervous system” (1989, Dr. Francine Shapiro published in Journal of Traumatic Stress). This site is linked to two other doctors using EMDR: Ricky Green, Psy.D., and Carol Boulware, M.F.T., Ph.D. These links offer similar information of their interaction with patients through Internet. (Juanita)

Mental Health Net is a guide to help for mental health, psychology, and psychiatry. Various online departments include a listing of problems, resources of symptoms and a terms glossary, free online books, services such as finding a therapist or treatment facility, research, professional topics, services, and resources. This site also includes a search box where you can enter a specific topic which will lead you to a listing of additional online sites with helpful information and references regarding your specific topic of interest. A sidebar features links to articles of the week, such as the correlation of exercise to depression, stress-related asthma in children, or bullies in the workplace. This appears to be a practical, down-to-earth site which could be an extremely helpful resource to the professional counselor. (Laura Lou)

This is a site with more than 9,200 individual resources. The topics cover self-help, psychology, psychiatry, and other mental health resources. There are forums, polls, books, sourcebooks, and others. You can enter your e-mail address and receive ongoing information. You can receive trial subscriptions to magazines such as Psychology Today. Before I realized it, I was on the site for over an hour and felt like I just began. (Juanita)

Internet Mental Health was designed by the Canadian psychiatrist Phillip W. Long, M.D., with the main purpose to provide a “free encyclopedia of mental health information” to be shared with the world. He realized there were vast differences in the approaches towards mental health. He made a decision to develop a “partnership” with other nations regarding shared information on mental health issues. The home page for this site offers an encouraging thought for the day; main categories, including an introduction, disorders, diagnosis, medications, and more; a short overview of each category; an online diagnostic program; and translation into six different languages. I found this site to be very interesting and informative, and it offers numerous resources to the mental health professional and client. (Kathy)

This website was also very informative and user-friendly. It gave a variety of disorders you could click into. Once in a particular subject, it offered extensive information of that disorder and treatment options. I also liked the extensive information available on numerous clinical drugs. I even ended up printing information for a friend of mine who is currently on an antidepressant. I think this website is geared more toward the professional, but it could be useful to an individual who wants to find out more about a particular drug, etc. (Sonya)

I really liked the Concerned Counseling website. This client-oriented site offered toll-free numbers, chat rooms, bulletin boards, an online magazine, and even a free weekly e-mail newsletter. This site is geared towards the individual that is too busy to make an appointment and can instead utilize the computer for counseling. Although I wouldn’t recommend it to someone with serious issues, I think it could help the overworked and overloaded individual. (Sonya)

In this website, both counselors and visitors are asked to help each other. The goal of the site: “To make having access to counselors easy, affordable, and confidential.” The motto: “You are safe here.” There are chat rooms, bulletin boards, an online magazine CCI Journal to get the latest M/H information, and a free weekly e-mail newsletter. Although the goal and the motto of the site certainly appear admirable, while in the site I felt like I was being recruited or indoctrinated into a “pseudo-religious, counseling cult.” This was, among other things, due to incessant references of “you are safe here” throughout the site. The site appears to be designed to lower your defenses (in my case my skepto-meter) so that you will gladly pay the following charges for online counseling sessions: $45 for a half-hour (minimum charge for online counseling), $80 per fifty minutes, and $30 per e-mail from a therapist. I do not know if these charges are considered high, low, or middling in regards to online counseling or therapy, but I do know that the salespersonship involved in getting clients made me feel like taking a bath (John)

The Therapy Help website was created by Dr. Susan Heitler, a clinical psychologist in Denver with twenty years of experience. Of particular interest was Dr. Heitler’s “Power of Two” skills workshop information. This would be great information to a licensed professional. Dr. Heitler offered training workshops for professionals to attend so they could utilize the Power of Two in their practice. I also enjoyed the selections of books and audiotapes available for those individuals in marriage crisis. (Sonya)

Mental Health is an online mental health directory guide. It would be beneficial to both client and professional. I found it to be very user friendly. It lists common mental health problems with comprehensive descriptions, symptoms, etc., and provides links to treatment information. It also has a “clinician yellow pages” to find therapists/psychiatrists in your area. For the professional, this site offers information on conferences and workshops, mailing lists, and job resources. The site also has its own CEU program. (Beth)

The Definitive Guide to Personal Growth, Self Improvement and Self-Help. This interactive site is just a wealth of knowledge and material that I have already had occasion to use. Most of the material is easy to read, and there are many interesting links as well. This site provides numerous newsletter options as well. A little something for everyone here. (Kathie)

Psychology Self-Help is very interesting and has several very interesting and informative links on some very popular and current topics. It provides links on everything from autism to Tourette’s syndrome and everything in between. This was another site whose resources I was able to use almost immediately. (Kathie)

I just checked out this consumer-driven website, The Madness Group, for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices, and visions. Although it has not been updated since 7/99, it contains comprehensive information on current legal situations, advocacy, and services available throughout the United States. The link for Pennsylvania went to the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer’s Association. The site includes a library, lists of personal web pages of supporters, e-mail addresses and links, and a photo gallery of some supporters who have since died. The majority of the information is developed by mental health consumers, and much of it contains personal experiences with existing public mental health systems in this country. This site is useful for the mental health consumer and for any employee of a public mental health center. (Joani)

The Mental Health in Corrections Consortium was founded because professionals felt as though there were no resources for mental health professionals working in correctional settings. This consortium attempts to offer professional support by recommending websites, books, and seminars to help professionals in the field to grow. This site also can be helpful to professionals and students because information about internship sites and employment opportunities are listed. On these lists detailed job descriptions are given. These attempt to give accurate portrayals of common, specific duties of people who work with clients in correctional facilities. (Michelle)

Mental Health Matters contains numerous resources for professionals, clients, and families. Information is organized into categories based upon the disorder or problem. The user may choose a topic and is given links to research and information about the topic. The site offers information about mental health research, alternative treatments, activist groups, and law. (Michelle)

The APA Help Center website provides a lot of academic information to help people recognize if they need counseling. It discusses three main topics: Family and Relationships, Psychology at Work, and Mind Body Connection. The information is broken down from there and a list of articles is provided for the reader. It does allow the reader to realize that many people deal with these issues and gives them a basic understanding of issues. (Kristi)

This site is available for people who want to talk with someone who can help. This Help Center gives information on How to Find Help for Life Problems and Getting the Facts. Advice on when and how to access psychological services and how psychology can help with problems such as stress, depression, and serious illness. This site also focuses on Psychology at Work, which deals with how to cope with common problems at work while balancing career and home. There is a section on Mind/Body Connection, which deals with how the mind and the body can work together to improve your health. Another interesting section, Family and Relationships, focuses on how to handle the problems facing today’s families and maintain loving, health relationships. This site can be helpful for consumers. (Nicole B.)

This Help Center website is one of my favorites. The three major links are psychology at work, mind and body connection, and family and relationships. These three thinks contain a variety of information. The topic which intrigued my interest was family and relationships. One of the links which sparked my attention was “Coping with Holiday Stress.” This article, written by Dorothy Cantor Psy.D., gives insight on how to deal and cope with holiday related stress. I believe this article can be beneficial to an individual dealing with stress related to holidays. (Tina D.)

Authored by the American Psychological Association, this site contains information on a variety of useful topics. The topics include psychology at work, the mind/body connection, family and relationships, how therapy helps, and psychology in daily life. There are a good number of quick, easy to read articles for each of the main topic areas. In searching around the site, I also came upon some nice information regarding accessing quality care as well as some information regarding violence and its warning signs. Overall, though the topics are not covered in great depth, there is enough here to make this site a useful resource. (Mark)

Mind, Body, Spirit: Counseling, Psychology, Health, Religion is easy to use and read and offers extensive information. It offers tons of resources/links. The categories are: Counseling Resources, Career, Food, Government, Women’s Issues, Religion, and more. I hope you find it as useful as I have. (Matt)

This site basically is information on how people can get online and order books on different topics of mental health disorders. It seemed pretty interesting as far as sites go, but probably for people looking for immediate help this wouldn’t be the answer. Although for professionals looking for books to give to clients leaving a treatment atmosphere, this would be a good place to look. (Brooke)

The Help Self site actually has links to other sites where one can talk to other people with similar difficulties related to relationship issues. It discusses all topics that deal with relationships with other people as well as some interesting information on psychic connections and how dogs can help your health. No joke! (Brooke)

Through this website’s various links, visitors can access the National Mental Health Information Center that was developed for users of mental health services, their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. It provides information about mental health, with comprehensive information about substance abuse throughout the site, toll-free numbers, and 600 publications, many of which are available online. Staff is available to direct callers to the appropriate federal, state, or local organization that can best serve their needs. Information on grants and conferences is also available. Three SAMHSA centers—the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Mental Health Services—provide specific information for both professionals and the general public. This site is particularly helpful to agencies and clinicians and provides “Treatment Improvement Protocols,” which are resources for use in professional development and to expand treatment capacity. There are many more resources available through this website. This is a comprehensive website and a definite starting point for anyone looking for information relating to the mental health field. (Leslie)

The SIDRAN Institute helps people understand, manage, and treat trauma and dissociation. They provide education and resources on traumatic stress, continuing education classes, training and consulting, information and advocacy, publications, assessment and research tools, books available for purchase, and free books. One free book entitled My Mom is Different, by Deborah Sessions, is written from the point of view of a child with a parent with a dissociative disorder and acknowledges that children of such parents need special support. Their publications are very affordable, for example, Risking Connection: A Training Curriculum for Working with Survivors of Childhood Abuse (for mental health professionals) is a twenty-hour curriculum with extensive resources for the professional and clients, priced at $75. The “Articles on Trauma” section is excellent, with many articles on PTSD, dissociative disorder, and on helping children deal with childhood trauma. Their “Resources” section includes resources for survivors, professional, and students (including college students). There are several other important links on this site. It is definitely a great resource for anyone who is associated with dealing with traumatic issues and dissociation, especially helping professionals. (Leslie)

Psychology Information Online is a commercial website maintained by a licensed psychologist, but after reviewing the information on the site and the credentials of the psychologist who maintains it, it appears to be a valid resource for professionals, students, and consumers. There is information about diagnosis, disorders, psychotherapy and counseling, types of therapies, assessment, and forensic (legal) psychology. The student page is very educational: it describes the role of the psychologist, but also lists related careers and gives a description of each, including counselors. Additionally, there is information about specific types of psychological problems and a treatment list which explains different types of treatment modalities. On the surface, the site may look general in nature, but there is a lot of information available, particularly in the “Problem List” area, which lists, for example, depression. Under the depression section, it lists different types of depression, causes, treatment, and so forth, and there are specific pages for women, children, and seniors. Under treatments, there is very specific information, e.g., cognitive therapy. Under cognitive therapy for depression there is a history of cognitive therapy, cognitive factors in depression, and a summary of the cognitive psychotherapy approach. Overall, it is an informative and interesting website, with a wide variety of general information for the counseling student. (Leslie)

Safe Medications is a good resource for anyone needing to learn more about a prescription they are taking or a new medication they are working with. The site provides an individual search engine where one can input the name of a medication and receive the purpose of the medication, proper usage, side effects, precautions, frequently asked questions, etc. The site is extremely educational, it’s free, and it probably gives you more information than a doctor is able to give you at the time of your appointment. (Megan)

Support4Hope is a support group chat for people with mental health problems as a way for individuals to have contact with others who are dealing with similar struggles and concerns. Its goal is for users to learn from their peers. This site promotes self-help and states that it firmly believes that nothing will help you if you don’t help yourself. This mindset is part of the reason that I like this site. I believe that in any problematic situation, you need to help yourself first and foremost. (Megan)

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Having had a good deal of case manager experience, I feel that these are great resources for others with questions and needs with health coverage. Sometimes life and events can be so overwhelming that any resource can be very much appreciated. Even if these sites do not offer specific help, they can lead the individual in a direction that they need. A lot of information is accessible and it makes for a good start for a person. I love resources and these are sites that I would use a great deal. (Dave)

There were no specific titles to this site but it does offer a great deal of articles on counseling topics such as Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Parenting, Personality, Stress, Relationships, etc. Psycholgy Today’s website also offers “Self Test” for career, health, IQ, etc. A person can order the magazine Psychology Today through this site and find a therapist or therapy center and explore a diagnosis dictionary. This could be taken as a more commercialized mental health website, but there are some legitimate areas that many curious clients and therapists could tap into for quick and reliable information. I’ve personally subscribed to this magazine and a lot of it has been helpful for educational reasons. There are a tremendous amount of resources available and articles written throughout that can be encouraging to readers. Again, this is not a top-notch resource but can be a resource for ongoing client and therapist maintenance educational-wise. (Dave)

Again, there was no specific title for this page; however, Help Horizons carries a tremendous amount of topics and information related to addiction/recovery, grief/loss, coping with anxiety, etc. The website begins with a statement reiterating the purpose of this resource, the credentialing of professionals providing service, and the “safe and supportive environment” provided. I like the fact that the opening statement stresses their making this a safe and supportive site to use, the abundant information resources available, and the credentials of counselors involved with this site. One article that looks intriguing is “The Dark Side of Prescription Drugs,” which looked interesting. (Dave)

Life is Waiting — “Getting back to feeling like you again” offers a package of a free thirty-day supply of a time-released medication (not a good deal of information was available on this). The site seems to offer a nice package of medication trial, a brochure, progress monitor, and ongoing information customized for that person. Scales are shown to depict daily/weekly progress and the information provided appears abundant. I am personally skeptical about ordering medication packages online or through the mail; however, this one may be worth exploration with further research. (Dave)

American Counseling Association Website offers a variety of counseling information, including publications and resources. It is dedicated to the counseling profession as a whole. This site offers membership to the American Counseling Association as well as a host of other information and resources. Site seems to be a great professional resource. (Nicole)

Latest Online Counseling site offers online counseling for a variety of reasons at an “affordable” rate. It links to other online counseling sites as well as books and other resources. They even have a philosophy page. The best thing I could find about this site was a referral to 911 emergency services for life-threatening or crisis situations. (Nicole)

Crazy Meds is an informational site about different kinds of psychiatric medications. It is meant to be a humorous website, but there is some language on the site that may offend some people. The author of the site is a person who is diagnosed with Asperger’s, which is on the Autism spectrum, as well as bipolar disorder. He is in support of medication for mental disorders; he likens mental illness to a physical injury that needs to be treated. The purpose of the site seems to be to get accurate information on psychiatric drugs so that an informed decision can be made by the client. There is information on FDA-approved uses, off-label uses, pros, cons, side effects, comparisons, ratings, etc. This site provides almost anything you would want to know about a drug. The author of this site takes a very direct approach to discussing medication, diagnosis, and in general living with a psychiatric disorder. This website will not be appropriate for everyone because of this direct approach and also because of some of the language that is used. (Jennifer)

The Association for Experiential Education is a not for profit agency that promotes experiential education activity such as adventure therapy and ropes courses. The site is very easy to use. The mission statement is clear and posted at the top of the page. The schedule of AEE events is broken up by region. The site provides good information about becoming accredited by AEE and leads you through the process. Links are provided to other AEE sites and to job postings in experiential education. A weakness is the lack of information about the membership of AEE. (Mark)

The American Re-education Association is a group that promotes the utilization of twelve principles of Re-education proposed by Nicholas Hobbes for working with troubled children. The site is somewhat simplistic. Links are provided to organizations that use Re-education in their programming; however these links were hidden in the “What’s New” area of the page. More could also be added in regards to the life and work of Nicholas Hobbes. The twelve principals of Re-education are listed and essays are written about some of these principles by members of AREA; however, several principles do not have accompanying essays. (Mark)

Mental Health Matters offers mental health, self help, and psychological information and resources. In addition, the reader is permitted to plug in their city, state, and zip to access information on locating a therapist or a treatment center in their area. There are numerous links that allow you to access information regarding disorders, treatments, featured articles, self-help resources, advocacy and legal info, symptoms, medication, disorder specific research, the mental health matters bookstore, and an events link. This site is fantastic. It offers tons of information that is easy to read for the layperson. (Jenna)

The Mental Health Channel provides information on a variety of mental health diagnosis as well as resources that can be used by any mental health agency, parent, or client who may have questions. This site allows the user to see basic facts as well as treatment options. I liked that there was a section on this site describing the differences between a psychiatrist and a psychologist because many clients do not know the answer to that question. There are also videos available on this site on a variety of topics. I was also able to watch a video on how students in highly competitive colleges are abusing various drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall to stay awake at night. Overall, this website is able to provide a variety of information, including questionnaires, for anyone seeking information on a mental health topic. It was nice to see that the site also encouraged users not to use the questionnaires for a diagnosis and to seek professional help if needed. (Sherry)

The NMHA website provides information regarding advocacy with an emphasis on self-advocacy. The Advocacy Center Resource link focuses on policies effecting mental health services (e.g., Medicaid Plan B Drug Program) as well as connecting people to services within their communities. A guide to self-advocacy provides steps people can take to insure they are receiving quality mental health services. Finally, the website provides the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Program, a twenty-four-hour service available for people in crisis. (Kristen)

NAMI is an organization that provides education, support, and advocacy for people with mental health disabilities and their families. The website provides links to support groups and educational programs throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The programs are designed to educate and increase the awareness of mental health issues for families, caregivers, and therapists. One issue to be aware of regarding the NAMI website: it appears to promote the medical model of mental health using terms such as illness and disease. (Kristen)

National Institute of Mental Health is a very comprehensive site that is an excellent resource for counselors or anyone working in the mental health field. The site is full of references and resources related to mental health disorders, including information related to signs, symptoms, and treatment; current news in the mental health field; clinical trials that are taking place across the U.S.; and links to additional reference materials. (Traci)

Journal for You has a collection of articles about types of journaling, methods of journaling, and why journaling is beneficial. Counselors can use this site for ideas to give to clients regarding keeping their own personal journal as part of therapy. (Angela)

The Mayo Clinic provides in-depth information on the benefits of stress relief and relaxation, as well as several methods and techniques to try. There is information on how to include meditation into everyday life. This site also provides video instruction. Counselors and their clients benefit from overall wellness, and stress reduction plays an important role. (Angela)

www.PA.gov gives links to just about every community or agency service in Pennsylvania, from DPW information to elder/personal care homes, driver’s license applications, etc. This site has been a starting point in finding pertinent helping information for services for patients’ and clients’ needs.

http://promise.dpw.state.pa.us enables workers who need to verify a client’s VBH coverage for services. You register, then use the client’s name, social security number, and DOB to access each client’s eligibility status.

www.transitionalservices.org is a website dedicated to helping persons with mental disabilities achieve as much opportunity and independence as possible. (Fawn - 10)

Helpguide.org’s mission is to assist in empowering people to understand, prevent, and resolve challenges in life. The website includes information on mental health disorders, nutrition, diet, and abuse, to name a few. The information provides a brief overview of symptoms and how to cope, as well as where to go for additional support. This website is user friendly and easy to read. (Jamie - 10)

This is the professional website for a Seattle-based therapist named Stephen Crippen. I came upon it inadvertently while searching on some other mental-health related topic. I chose to review this site because I think it is a very good example of a private-practice counselor’s website. I think it would be a good reference point for any counselor looking to make a practice-related website. It is engaging, easy to read, and comprehensive. He shares why he became a counselor, as well as many pertinent details about his counseling process. (Patricia - 10)

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute is an “interfaith counseling and psychotherapy center” that combines elements of behavioral science with religious faith. They provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling as well as assessment for individuals who want to enter ministry (Entering Ministry Assessment) and education for mental health professionals and the community in general. They have a link to the Samaritan Institute, an international organization which “emphasizes the interrelatedness of mind, body, spirit, and community.” The PPI has twenty-one locations in Allegheny County, in churches, and in community mental health centers, as well as locations in Butler, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Lawrence counties. They describe their approach to counseling as “client-centered” and “faith-friendly.” (Joyce - 10)

Project Adventure bills themselves as “the international, nonprofit, adventure-based experiential curriculum and programs pioneer.” They provide physical education and health and wellness programs, behavior management through adventure, peaceable playgrounds, professional development, and youth and college programs. Their mission statement says that they want to “develop responsible individuals, productive organizations, and sustainable communities.” Their staff includes sales-people, administrators, and “trainers.” They partner with University of New Hampshire, and their physical education programs are aligned with national and state standards. It is a very complete website, with links for programs, workshops, challenge courses, info for schools, youth at risk, businesses and donors, and professional development. (Joyce - 10)

www.kalimunro.com is the therapist Kali Munro’s personal website advertising her services as an e-counselor. The home page of the website explains why people sometimes need to search for help and displays links to the left about e-counseling. When clicking on the e-counseling links, there is a section where her fees are discussed. Ms. Munro charges $90/hour for online and telephone counseling and $45 per e-mail (with a possible package of six e-mails for $245). There are sections that explain how e-counseling works, pros and cons of e-counseling, confidentiality, how to pay, and supervision. While reading the “about me” section, Ms. Munro discloses that she has had personal experience with abuse, neglect, grief and loss, depression, etc. These experiences and her schooling help her feel qualified to offer e-counseling. Ms. Munro argues that e-counseling can be beneficial for those who have a difficult time opening up with somebody face to face, difficulties finding time to leave the house, or packed schedules that don’t allow for travel time. (Ashley - 10)

www.humormatters.com profiles the need and usefulness of humor as a therapeutic intervention. Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D., is the creator of this website and has contributed many articles and presentations on the importance of humor. Dr. Sultanoff writes that the use of humor can be helpful in the therapeutic process as long as guidelines are followed. These guidelines include assessing the consumer’s sense of humor, making sure the humor does not damage the therapeutic relationship, and being genuine and congruent in the therapist’s humor, to name a few. Examples of some of his humor workshops include Humor in the Helping Professions, Healthy Humor in Crisis, and Developing a Comic Vision. Dr. Sultanoff has done significant research on the positive effects of humor in both the counseling process and the medical process. (Ashely - 10)

Contact Pittsburgh On this site, a person can contact a number (412-820-HELP) and speak with a volunteer about difficult things the person is going through. The website displays several categories such as crisis and suicide hotline, veterans hotline, student and young adult line, and anti-hate line. This organization developed veteran’s and adolescent’s hotline in response to the heightened levels of suicidal attempts and completions found within these two groups. The website explains that all volunteers are professionally trained and have Act 33/34 clearances to work with adolescents. While this website does not provide mobile crisis services, it can be seen as similar to the Warm Line and other volunteer crisis intervention agencies. The website stresses that all calls are free and confidential. (Ashley - 10)
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