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Counseling Settings

Programs that modify the way their therapeutic sessions are structured in order to best meet the individual needs of people who have mental, emotional or social problems or are having difficulty coping with a particular life situation. Included are programs that offer individual, group, family or conjoint counseling, peer counseling or helpline counseling or which provide self-help materials which are intended to be used in lieu of in-person counseling or other forms of treatment.

Conjoint Counseling
Programs that offer therapeutic sessions to help two individuals who are having a problem with their interpersonal relationship identify and resolve their differences and improve their communication. The therapist focuses primarily on their interaction with one another rather than on each person as an individual. Included are couple counseling, sibling counseling, parent/child counseling and other similar groupings.

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Family Counseling
Programs that offer therapeutic sessions that focus on the system of relationships and communication patterns among family members and which attempt to modify those relationships and patterns to achieve greater harmony. The therapist focuses on the family as a unit rather than concentrating on one of the members who is singled out as the one in need of treatment.

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Group Counseling
Programs that offer therapist-facilitated collective treatment sessions in which unrelated groups of individuals, couples or families discuss their attitudes, feelings and problems and, with input from other members of the group, attempt to achieve greater self and interpersonal understanding and adjustment and explore solutions to their problems.

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Helpline Counseling
Programs that offer a telephone service that enables people who are troubled to talk confidentially about their personal problems with an empathetic listener. These programs are often staffed by volunteers who can offer referrals for ongoing treatment, if needed.

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Individual Counseling
Programs that offer personal therapeutic sessions in which the therapist works on a one-to-one basis with clients to help them resolve their mental, emotional or social problems.

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Peer Counseling
Programs that offer individual therapeutic sessions which are facilitated or guided by an individual who is the same age as the client (an age-peer) or who has experienced and resolved the same type of problem as the client.

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Therapeutic Self Help Materials
Organizations that offer self-instructional packages in book, audiocassette, video cassette or other formats which lead the user through a step-by-step program of exercises or other therapeutic activities with the objective of remediating a specific physical or emotional problem such as stuttering or agoraphobia, or to offer targeted support during a crisis, e.g., a panic attack. The materials are designed to be used in the home as an alternative to other forms of treatment or counseling and progress may be monitored by mail.

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