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January, 2016

Who Is Doing What to Whom?

Despite a seemingly pervasive sexualized youth subculture (witness MTV), there actually has been a gradual decrease in adolescent heterosexual intercourse and pregnancies over the past decade that partly refl ects an increase in noncoital sexual activities. Th ese days both females (85%) and males (73%) are more likely to embrace relativistic beliefs that sexual behavior […]

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social concerns in health care and nursing

  social concerns in health care and nursing Whether clients present with sexual concerns or these concerns arise later in treatment, it is important for therapists to appreciate contemporary sexual lexicons. Students oft en bifurcate their experiences as “sex” and “not sex”—even though they may disagree about what constitutes “sex” (Reinisch & Sanders, 1999). Whereas […]

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sexual conflict in humans

sexual conflict in humans A safe therapeutic environment is essential for establishing client trust and a working alliance. Yet, minimizing resistance and creating a collaborative partnership are particularly challenging when exploring issues in which guilt and shame are oft en normative. Unlike countless behaviors which young people feel they can control, sexual desire and function […]

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sexual addiction symptoms

sexual addiction symptoms  Sexual addiction can take many forms, including pornography, cheating with other women or men, excessive masturbation, voyeurism, exhibitionism, anonymous sex, cybersex, and phone sex. While it may be possible to treat mild forms in the college clinic, more serious problems will likely require the services of a specialist outside of the counseling […]

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internet addiction symptoms

internet addiction symptoms  Internet addiction may begin harmlessly, but eventually the lure of electronic games, easily available pornography, or online relationships begins to substitute for real-world experiences. More and more time is spent online, sometimes to the point where students lose sleep, miss classes, and fail to attend to their assignments. We have seen a […]

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gambling addiction signs and symptoms

gambling addiction signs and symptoms In gambling addictions, one may observe a substantial amount of time spent in gaming activities and the accumulation of mounting debts. Students may gamble at casinos or off -track betting parlors, online or in person. Th ey may gamble on poker games, horse races, sporting events, or any other number […]

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food addiction symptoms signs

food addiction symptoms signs  Food addiction can be defi ned as “the compulsive pursuit of a mood change by engaging repeatedly in episodes of binge eating despite adverse consequences”. It is, of course, closely connected with self-esteem, body image, relationships, and the wish to manage unpleasant feelings, as are other eating disorders. Although food addiction […]

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Adult Children of Substance Abusers

Adult Children of Substance Abusers For many students who’ve grown up with parents who had alcohol or drug problems, separation from home provides the fi rst opportunity to truly evaluate the impact of their parents’ substance abuse. Students’ own problems forming intimate relationships or developing a secure and confi dent identity may also spur self-refl […]

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Medical leaves of absence

Medical Leaves of Absence When a student’s substance abuse seriously hampers academics or is a threat to safety and well-being, a medical leave of absence is in order. In our own settings, the counseling service articulates recommendations for treatment and requirements for return. In cases of substance dependence, we usually recommend successful completion of an […]

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Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Inpatient Rehabilitation

Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Inpatient Rehabilitation If the various on-campus treatment alternatives don’t address a student’s diffi culties, the next options are IOPs and inpatient rehabilitation programs. Inpatient rehabilitation usually entails a 4- to 6-week stay at an alcoholism or drug addiction facility and includes concentrated individual and group treatment, family therapy, AA attendance, and […]

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