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Browse at your leisure. Each site listed below is identified by name and includes a brief review by a student. The student’s first name is listed at the end of the review. This page will be updated as often as students submit new sites.

For my second search-and-explore web activity, I chose the Association for non-traditional students in higher education. This site offers different statistics that ar pertinent to adult learners, resource links to other sites that relates to this population, and an adult learner scholarship bank. *Lisa*

The Jason Foundation. I recently had the pleasure of listening to the founder of this organization, Clark Flatt, speak at a Suicide Prevention training. He created this organization a few months after his son Jason committed suicide. His goal through this organization is to increase awareness, education, and prevention of the “silent epidemic” of youth suicide. The Jason Foundation provides resources, educational programs, and information to parents, educators, youth, and others who want to help in the fight against youth suicide. The website offers information on the various programs that the foundation provides, which include teacher in-service education, parent and youth seminars, and a school base curriculum for grades seven through twelve. The site also offers links to suicide information and various resources for help. The closest Jason Foundation office and program in this area is at Fox Run Hospital in St. Clairsville, Ohio. *Alicia*

About.com—Deafness The deaf/hard of hearing population is slowly gaining resources and services in the mental health realm. On this site, you can find articles on the history of deafness as well as research studies that are currently conducted to gain more insight on humanity, language, culture, and society in the deaf world. I use this site because it helps to encompass social, educational, medical, and numerous other areas that are essential for deaf/hard of hearing people. *Brandy*

The deaf library site was designed by Karen Nakamura. She has been studying the deaf culture and community for several years. This site is used to research reference material and connect people about deaf culture in the United States and Japan. I find this site to encompass several areas that are essential in working with the deaf community.*Brandy*

This website helps to find materials for therapeutic work, such as posters, games, group work activities, manuals, humor therapy, role play, videos, guided imagery, professional resources, books, etc. If there is something specific you are looking for and cannot find, there is a form to e-mail them and they will seek the information for you. I also signed up to be on their mailing list. On the home page there is In the Spotlight, which gives information on certain topics at that time (the current topic was Helping Children with Feelings Services), and there was also a section on New Resources. I found this website by putting a search phrase seeking information on understanding the client’s perspective, and there was plenty of information (mostly books) on this subject. *Denise*

World Counseling Network features counselor pages to promote your practice, buyers guide to list your business, career center to promote job opportunities, advertising and sponsorship to maximize your visibility, communication chats for real-time conversations with your colleagues, and member benefits. It looks as if it may be a great website for those starting out in the counseling field and it is full of opportunity. *Cynthia*

All About Counseling is a website with a forum that is friendly, knowledgeable, anonymous, and easy to use. The site includes counseling information, links, professional resources, and an “about us”section that lists professionals who you can correspond with in their “Do you have a problem?” on-line counseling center. This website is a good source of guidance for those who can trust that on-line professionals will guide them through a problem adequately. The website’s motto is “The best way to predict the future is to create it,“ and I agree. *Cynthia*

Psychotherapy Finances, is a neat website for counselors (and future counselors) in or considering going into private practice. There are numerous timely articles on marketing a practice, as well as ideas for new potential markets that counselors and psychotherapists are now breaking into, for example, e-mail therapy and college student coaching. The site also has a small classified section (the section seems to have not yet taken off, since it rarely has more than two or three job postings). The site also has a descent number of articles on managed care and general legislative news relevant to mental health professionals. *Mike*

This website provides information on self-harm and how to change the behavior. It is designed for individuals who engage in self-injurious behavior and provides useful worksheets, tools, and tips for healthier ways to cope. A professional may also find these resources to be useful in working with a self-harming client. Resources such as books and website links are also provided. *Kristina*

The Academy of Counseling Psychology website is a very user-friendly site about the academy. It gives information about the credentials your need to become a member and talks about history of the academy and how it got started. I feel that this website would be beneficial to anyone who is in Psychology or a related field. *Sherri*

The World Health Organization’s World Health Report 2001 focused on mental health issues. The WHO’s main website allows you to search the entire report for specific subjects or look at the main issues of each chapter of the report, with short descriptions of many areas of interest to mental health professionals and consumers. You can also link to the WHO Mental Health website. At the Mental Health website, you can access information about WHO’s work on particular mental health diagnoses, research projects, international initiatives concerning children’s mental health issues, and many more areas of interest. You can also read major newspaper articles about mental health issues in the last week from around the world. This section of the site appears to be updated daily, judging from the dates of the articles. It would be worth visiting this site regularly for the up-to-date newspaper reporting alone. *Michelle*

I found the articles page on Counseling.com to be very informative. It has over twenty links to different articles; for example, behavior change, eating disorders, etc. The name of the link and the title of the articles are both given. There are also links to therapists as well as links for therapists. Some of the articles, such as, “Number One Reason For Developing An Eating Disorder” by Joanna Poppink, M.F.T., are really interesting and worth the read. *Abigail*

This website is about (DBT)Dialectic Behavior Therapy. I came across DBT whenever I was looking at a WPIC training list while at work. I had never heard of DBT, so I decided to research it on the internet. DBT is a treatment for people diagnosed with BPD-Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s a combination of cognitive behavior therapy and dialecticial perspectives and Eastern practices. DBT addresses problems in regulating emotions, thinking, and behavior. It was developed by Dr. Marsha Lineham at the University of Washington. She is also the director of Behavior Research and Therapy Clinics there, too. This website has many resources: books, internet links, BTTG, NIMH, and others. *Nikki*

The William Glasser Institute is focused on William Glasser’s Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, and Quality Schools. The website offers information on training programs and how to get involved with the program. It also gives you access to the International Journal of Reality Therapy. The Quality School Program is a big part of what William Glasser’s theories are about and gives you the history and structure of the quality school program. This website is a great resource for counselors and teachers who are looking for information on using Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. *Sherri*

I found the Counseling Network to be a good site for those interested in the counseling field and pursuing a career in counseling. It is a member site but offers a newsletter for those interested. It also helps counselors promote their practice and have a live chat with others in the field. There are also classified ads for those looking for jobs in the counseling field. *Vincent*

The International Network of Personal Meaning organization revolves around research and education regarding how one’s personal life meaning impacts one’s work, health, and social life. There are many links to research articles written on this topic. This site is part of an organization of which one may easily become a member. This site would be most informative to individuals in a social services field who are interested in this particular area of practice and belief. *Danielle*

The National Honor Society in Psychology site was primarily created for members; however, nonmembers also have access to useful information provided. There are links to recent publications, including newspaper articles, journal articles, and media reports regarding current news in psychology and up-to-date research findings. I found this site to be more beneficial to individuals in psychology or other related fields, due to the terminology and complexity of some of the articles. *Danielle*

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides an excellent site for clinicians and clients by providing a variety of information that is practical and easily obtained. This site offers everything from grant and job opportunities for the professional to service providers and general information for the client. This site also contains links to a wide variety of other very useful sites. *Stephanie*

The S.A.F.E. Alternatives site is dedicated to self-injury. It is run by the directors of the S.A.F.E. (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives program that runs out of the Linden Oaks Hospital near Chicago, Illinois. The site has a list of self-injury facts that I found to be very informative. This site has a multicultural nature to it, where it allows one to read all of the information in English, French, or Spanish. It includes information that could be quite helpful for professionals who are just becoming aware of this growing problem. From the site, one can purchase video and audio tapes, or books on the topic. The audio tape “Understanding and Treating the Self-Injurious Patient: A Guide to Assessment and Intervention Strategies” could be an invaluable resource. It includes with it sample patient contracts and self-monitoring tools and answers twenty-nine commonly asked questions that professionals may encounter. The site did have some typographical errors, but on the whole provides solid information and resources. The site also includes a toll-free phone number that can be used by professionals or clients seeking information. In my opinion, it would be helpful for anyone interested in the topic of self-injury, as well as professionals, clients, and caregivers. *Rachael*

This United Way of Pittsburgh is an excellent site for counselors. It has twenty-eight pages of after-school programs in Pittsburgh for children and adolescents. For each program there is a description of the program. It also includes the address of the program and lists a phone number to be able to contact the program. *Kelly*

Options on this site include a link to the International Journal of Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy. A sample journal is provided with a review of articles and instructions for authors. Other options are book sales, a clearinghouse of information regarding depression, and an update on information warfare. I was interested in the journal articles, but couldn’t really make any connection between the options offered at the site. This page was confusing and did not provide direct access from visitor to desired information. *Linda*

Yea! A wonderfully organized listing of organizational meetings, events, conferences, and courses on many psychological topics. Its up to date and can be searched by city, date, or topic. I found a range of events that could be of interest to professionals and nonprofessionals. Now we won’t have to wait to be invited to participate—we can suggest participation or attend individually. *Linda*

This site provides article publication on a variety of subjects. Through this site, you are able to locate articles by author, subject, and publications. It also provides synopsis of studies along with additional links and research overviews. This is a good site for reference material. *Tracey*

The Counseling Center Help Screen website was designed as a tool for college students. There is a lot of information on recognizing stress and anxiety, and especially useful is the information on how to take a test and how to cope with test anxiety. Short-term relaxation techniques as well as muscle relaxation and breathing techniques are also provided. Counseling is defined, and there is information on various kinds of counseling services available, what to expect in counseling, and how to determine if counseling is needed. Brief descriptions of and treatments for headaches, phobias, ADHD, OCD, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder, to name a few, are also provided. This website has a lot to offer and could make the life of a college student less stressful. *Christina*

I spent the most time investigating the Planet Therapy site. There are multiple resource sites addressing issues in therapy, and also counseling examples on a global level; i.e., circle of life (addressees the stages of life), therapist locator (lets you state situations, interest, and give address by states and city, and returns a web page of counselors in your area), on-line continued education with workshops giving a credited certificate by test results of 75 percent and above, and many more services. This site has a chat room forum on different topics such as anorexia hosted by doctors in the field (you can register to take part in chat room forum); i.e., Dr. Stephen Madigon in January 2001. I liked the examples of life issues and other links at the end of each segment. You can comment and sign up for future topics. Thus far, this was my favorite site for information and resources. This site has a bookstore linked to Amazon.com. This site has a classifieds department, community feedback, home page, a section describing the planet-therapy.com, and much more. *Juanita*

Counseling.com is a resource invented by a group of therapists to use as a common ground to share research and ideas to one another. It is also convenient for the public for educational information about therapists and if one is trying to choose a therapist. The site is primarily for therapists to be able to share their information and publicize their own practice. The therapist has a very public opportunity to post seminars or classes he or she may be conducting to a broad audience that may be interested in attending. The website also offers an advice column, self-help section, and articles to assist both the public and the professional. *Amy*

The California State University website offers various links to many subjects that professional counselors or therapists can find educational. There are links to multicultural counseling that I found educational as a counseling student. I believe that this area of counseling needs special attention given to it as more and more cultures are looking for counseling. There are also links to information on licensing, certification, and accreditation. The website really helps one understand the process of becoming a licensed counselor and the qualifications it takes. *Amy*

The Mental Health Matters site contains a huge amount of information and links to the law and mental illness. It provides legal resources for the mentally ill, patients’ rights, involuntary commitment, forensics, plus a lot more. This site is very large, and there are numerous articles on laws affecting the mentally ill. It enables you to do a quick search using any mental health term. You can also send e-mail and voice your opinion or give a donation to various organizations. There are answers to frequently asked questions about mental health and the law. It provides a guide for clinicians and the public on mental health and the law in all states. This site is very informative and useful for those concerned about the latest laws concerning the mentally ill. *Carrie*

The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback site is very informative, concise, and easy to surf. It provides definitions on biofeedback and psychophysiology, a brief history of the mind/body connection, as well as an overview of the specific disorders/conditions which biofeedback has been effective in helping, such as migraine headaches, ADD/ADHD, chronic pain, stress related health problems, etc. The site provides detailed information on the use of biofeedback in neurotherapy. I was particularly interested in the use of biofeedback with ADD/ADHD patients. The site describes the process, provides information regarding the success of the procedure, and assists parents and/or patients on how to find a certified practitioner. Information is provided on workshops, related books and tapes, research articles, and membership in the association. This is a very expansive site and also offers links to many related websites. *Kathy*

The user-friendly Mental Health Resources site is extremely useful for the mental health professional. It offers an expansive directory of mental health disorders in an easy-to-access alphabetized list. The list includes information on topics from ADHD/ADD, depression, family issues, personality disorders, grief and bereavement, violent/self destructive behavior, OCD, etc. Other features include treatment approaches, related articles, and resources listed under each category. I found this site to be extremely informative. *Kathy*

“An award-winning site for mental health professionals, counselors, and graduate students in related fields.” The Counseling Zone site includes a free membership. To apply for membership, click onto the “apply” link or send e-mail to membership@counselingzone.com. Features in the site include a monthly newsletter, message board, counseling zone list service, a guest book, chat rooms, links, and more. There is also a toll-free number to find a therapist in your area if the need arises. This site appears to be a good spot for therapists and students who are looking for information about the field. This also appears to be a site that therapists can use to increase their referral base. As a novice net user, this was an easy site to access. (John)

The State University of New York at Plattsburgh site provides various resources that can be of use to both professional counselors as well as to students who are working toward becoming professional counselors. In fact this site particularly stresses its usefulness to students. It is designed in part to familiarize students with organizations that set standards for both counselor education and professional practice. It offers discussion groups for professionals and allows them to interact with professionals throughout the world. CounselorNet is another feature offered to students that allows students to be paired with a mentor who has expertise in the field. (Michelle)

The Mental Health and Behavioral Science Meeting Place site provides a forum for mental health professionals to discuss a wide range of topics such as outcome assessment, Gestalt therapy, and cognitive therapy. Transcripts of previous discussions are also listed and available for viewing. The site also provides web access to organizations, including the Alfred Adler Institute of San Francisco, and The Gestalt Journal. Other features of the site include “The Therapist Helper,” a software program for patient and insurance billing; “Audio-psych,” an on-line continuing ed program; the “AnyPsych Bookshop” (which is closed for remodeling!); and “Dr. Grohol’s Guidebook,” which includes an extensive listing of on-line resources for both clients and professionals, mailing lists, and newsletters. I found the guidebook easy to use, and I particularly liked the descriptions and recommendations provided for the on-line resources. (Charlotte)

PsyBC produces on-line symposia for mental health professionals, where panels of professionals in the field discuss current articles. The discussion takes place via e-mail. The authors of each article are also invited to participate in the discussions. You must subscribe to the site to take place in the discussions. Subscriptions are good for one year, and four symposia are offered per year. This site is approved by APA and NBCC to offer continuing education credits at a cost of $7.50/credit. CEUs are gained by following the discussions and doing the related readings. At the conclusion of the panel, a test is given via e-mail which you mail back. They then award your certificate. I thought this site would be a good way to stay up-to-date on current articles and to provide a convenient way to gain CEUs. (Beth)

This website is a brief description of what the Journal of Adolescence can offer the counselor in terms of development of the youth through family, school, community, etc. It emphasizes the validity of the research results it produces and reports in the journal. The site identifies those professionals whom may benefit most from subscribing to the journal. (Jennifer)

The award-winning Developmental Disabilities and Intellectual Disabilities Videos website is a good reference place for finding multimedia tools to incorporate into treatment interventions. Each of the videos advertised offers an opportunity to explore the experiences and viewpoints of others to facilitate the development of sensitivity to others. The site highlights some agencies which have utilized the services, which supports its image of offering a meaningful product. The site also offers an opportunity to review the content of each video, including a description of the video, the target audience for the video, and notable reviews and rewards earned by the video. (Jennifer)

The Psyche Labs site is another awesome resource site, especially for counseling psychology students. It includes research, exploratoriums, and psychological tests in several areas. The areas explored include history of psychology, web and Internet skills, research, personality theory and assessment, developmental psychology, learning and intelligence, biological foundations of psychology, psychiatric disorders, psychology theories, health psychology, the psychology of motivation and consciousness, sensation and perception, and more! Numerous links allow you to fully explore and learn about just about any area of psychology. The content of this site and its links are easy to read and follow, and the links are endless! I especially like the interactive nature of many of the tutorials and tests. (Diane)

The Nonmainstream Psychotherapies and Counseling Resources site outlines information and resources for “nontraditional” therapies. My own personal bias is that tools are grossly underutilized in counseling patients and often are limited to verbal communication. This site reviews five broad categories of therapies: bodywork; expressive therapies; spiritual counseling; psychodynamic(ish); and humanistic, growth, and process therapies. Some subcategories include art, music, dance, bioenergetics, Jungian archetypes and astrology, Gestalt psychology, incarnation, imagery, integrative therapies, transpersonal and transformational therapy, EMDR, and sandplay. The site includes information on these types of therapies, resources for more information on these, and information about seminars, books, and workshops. Because I thrive on diversity, I loved this site. It was fun to explore and offered ideas for eventually developing my holistic psychotherapy knowledge. I was, however, disappointed that several sites were unlinkable. Enjoy! (Diane)

This Counselor’s Corner is a great place to find mental health and counseling issues. You are able to share ideas and opinions, find resources, and get ideas. It includes sections on college and career planning; eating disorders facts and links; and multicultural issues, articles, and links. The site had a lot of good links and the information was organized well. The categories are relevant to counseling students or students in related fields. (Matt)

The behaviorist in me had to sneak out for just a little while. The Glossary of Terms for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior site is a rather small site that contains some nice definitions for a number of behavioral terms and provides some quotes to further explain the concept. It can make for some rather dry reading, but would likely prove useful to any that might find themselves confronted with the behavioral literature. (Mark)

The Mental Health Licensure Exam Review site is designed for those that may be concerned about the exam. There is good news and bad news. First the bad news. It is not cheap. There are three subscription plans (ranging in cost from $25 for one week to $75 for two months). Now the good news. There is also a lot of good information on the site that is free. If you have Real Player, check out the audio section (there are a good variety of audio clips, ranging from psychodrama to a discussion of ethics). In the Free Sampler section, one can subscribe to receive free e-mail regarding the exam and the website. Check out the Resources section and you will find a lot of things for sale but also a number of things that can be downloaded without charge. There are also a substantial number of links to other sites that are worth a peek. (Mark)

If one is looking for information of a behavioral nature, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis is usually a good place to start. The site contains information about the current issue as well as selected reprints from previous issues (you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can also download from the site). You can also search the abstracts, get information about anthologies, and listen to a couple audio clips of B. F. Skinner. Additionally, there are links to numerous other related publications and organizations. (Mark)

These folks take no prisoners when it comes to exposing “quackery.” QuackWatch* has lists upon lists and links upon links that address difficulties/frauds ranging from questionable advertising to concerns about chiropractic to psychotherapy mismanagement and questionable mental health practices. Concerned practitioners and consumers would do well to spend a little time here. (Mark) *May no longer be a valid website name.

Doug’s Internet Resources for Counselors is a good site. Doug (see picture) has put together a nice collection of counseling information. The site is neat and easy to use. Some of the links are: General Information, Counseling Schools (Arkansas), Political, Medical, and People Places. This site can save some time—that’s what I like about it. (Matt)

The American Counseling Association has a wonderful site for counselors. The site has current information about ACA and how to join. ACA has a listing of resources and books for counselors and ways to expand our skill levels. I believe all counselors would consider this site important because of the current information about the profession. (Elaine)

The Association for Specialists in Group Work website provides information and resources for teachers, students, and practitioners of group work. The site contains a good amount of information of interest to counselors who do group work and who need further training or information about enhancing their skills, working with diverse populations, or starting to work with groups for the first time. You can become a member with the Association for Specialists in Group Work (a division of the American Counseling Association), which gives you access to publications and other, more in-depth resources. However, the site itself contains some great information, links, training opportunities, and resources for professional development. (Linda)

The student guide to Pittsburgh is a wonderful student resource for mental health care in the City of Pittsburgh. This site breaks down Pitt, CMU, Duquesne, Carlow, Chatham, and Point Park and tells the reader the exact address, building location, and phone number of the campus counseling center on each campus. Then the site addresses issues and provides contact numbers for help. These issues include alcohol, eating disorders, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and depression. My assessment for this site is simple—this is a great site! (Jessica)

  • Counseling Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.