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  • Rhonda Bryant

    Mind-Set and Heart-Set

    • Rhonda Bryant
    Feb 08, 2016
    Since its inception, the counseling profession has positioned itself on the front-lines of social change and the amelioration of social disparities. For example, from Frank Parsons’ brave Boston Vocational Bureau movement to Carl Rogers’ groundbreaking peace and reconciliation work in apartheid era South Africa, counselors have demonstrated the grit, skill, and determination necessary to bring unification, valuing of differences, and resolution of conflict at micro, meso, and macro societal levels. Our profession’s core values of care, compassion, and empathy have and continue to serve society well during difficult times.
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    Slipping Through the Cracks

    • Rachel Collins
    Jan 20, 2016
    As a practicing professional counselor working with children and adolescents, it has become evident that there are many children who slip through the cracks of the educational system.
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  • Elena Yee

    Systemic Self-Care: Is it possible?

    • Elena Yee
    Jan 19, 2016
    Last semester I took my third practicum class, which afforded me the opportunity to delve more deeply into my counselor identity, to learn from my classmates and to apply what I have learned in the past year and summer when meeting with clients. I found that my interaction from my classmates, many of which who had been in the profession for some time, rewarding, challenging and encouraging.
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    Continued Research on Self-Injury

    • Rachel Collins
    Jan 05, 2016
    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual fifth edition was released; however non-suicidal self-injury disorder remains in the research category. Looking through the research on this topic, there is a variety of views about treatment and classification not to mention even the name of the behavior has many different forms from self-injury to self-mutilation.
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  • Elena Yee

    Vive La France

    • Elena Yee
    Nov 16, 2015
    Last week I was reading on the ACA Open Forum about the annual conference being held in Montreal, Canada. It was interesting for me to read how some members felt that ACA is an “American” organization that should hold its conference in the United States. I wonder how some would respond if the conference was in Puerto Rico or Guam forgetting that the U.S. includes territories
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    Substance Use and Adolescence

    • Rachel Collins
    Nov 03, 2015
    Adolescents and experimentation with drugs and alcohol is now a common reason for referral for therapeutic services. Most seem to admit that substance use is a form of self-medication for other presenting problems, such as anger and depression.
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  • Every Goodbye Matters…

    • Christian Billington
    Oct 14, 2015
    I walked away sobbing, nose running, eyes streaming, and face red. In that moment, I vowed to capture the essence and importance of goodbye both personally and socially. A lofty task indeed. As someone who struggles with endings, I write this piece from the heart.
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    Down Syndrome Awareness

    • Rachel Collins
    Oct 13, 2015
    October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Children with special needs such as Down Syndrome are often misunderstood but are in need of counseling services for a variety of reasons including learning emotional regulation and age appropriate social skills. With or without Down Syndrome every child like every person is unique.
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    “Research” Identity Crisis?

    • Monica Band
    Sep 14, 2015
    This year I am co-teaching a Research and Evaluation class which is comprised of a variety of clinical mental health and school counselor master’s students, as well as taking an advanced class in multivariate statistics and research methods. While sitting in a master’s level class, I can’t help but think back to my days as an undergraduate: sitting in a tiny, windowless room; crunching data into SPSS—only after our professor required us to do all the calculations by hand.
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  • A message to family and friends of clinicians

    • Doc Warren
    Sep 14, 2015
    Sometimes when I get out of work I* am not very good company. I sit at the supper table and nod when you all speak. My eyes seem distant, I may be looking out the window and only answer questions in monosyllabic words that are little more than mumbles. My color looks a bit off, it may be kind of red, it may be kind of pale but it just does not look like my normal shade. I may sit off by myself at social functions or you may find me leaving early. I smile when I know you are looking but often times you see a frown or a confused, lost look when I do not know you are there.
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