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Benefits of the Creative Counselor
Creative counseling has been increasingly popular since professor, author, and former American Counseling Association president, Samuel Gladding, began the practice in 1970. Creativity is directly linked to problem solving, which, Gladding asserts, is the goal of counselors with their clients. Through the experience of expressing emotions creatively, people can become more self-aware and, therefore, begin to progress towards healing.

Are Social Workers Compassionate Enough?
Compassion is perhaps the driving force of those who enter the social working profession, or any helping profession for that matter. Compassion and empathy may be the reasons we put our time and emotional energy towards helping others when it could be easier to look away.

Sleep and Self-Care
People enter the caring professions for a variety of reasons, but usually at the top of the list is the desire to help others. However, in our desire to help others it’s sometimes easy to forget that the quality of the care we can offer, and even our ability to continue offering that care, depends on remaining healthy ourselves.

Background Music’s Affect on Productivity
Do you listen to background music when you study for your licensure exam? It could be affecting your productivity.

Studies on the Link Between Psychopathy and Fear
Psychopathy has traditionally been linked to a lack of emotion, specifically when it comes to fear. Psychologists weigh in.

The Psychology of Touch
The Psychology of Touch: How the Primary Sense Drives Human Behavior

Leaving the Emotional Stress of Social Work at the Office
Does your career in social work affect your home life? Given the sensitive nature of this line of work, it’s important to know how to separate work stress from home life. Be the best in your social work career by learning how to separate work stress and home life.

Do Not Click This (Ways to Manage a Wandering Mind)
The problem of divided attention plagues students in other disciplines, whether potential counselors studying to pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification, or Marriage and Family Therapists trying to pass the National MFT Exam, or office workers struggling to stay attentive to their present-moment tasks.

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution and Get Your MFT Certification
Think back on last year’s resolutions. Did you keep them? Chances are, some resolutions may not have been met, given that New Years’ resolutions are notorious for having a high failure rate. But this year, if MFT certification is one thing you are resolving to accomplish, it’s likely this is one resolution you cannot afford to break.

Back to Our Roots
When we first opened our doors 40 years ago, AATBS was one of the first to offer licensing exam prep for mental health professionals. Over the years we’ve been privileged enough to serve more than half a million therapists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors on their way to getting licensed.