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    College Finances: The Stress of it All

    • Neil O'Donnell
    Apr 19, 2016
    It goes without saying that college is an expensive endeavor. Faced with long-term loan debt and ongoing news of tuition and fee increases, it is no wonder that students are under significant financial pressure. In turn, we counselors are often helping students through difficult moments, moments which are exacerbated by the financial pressures our students face. What are we as counselors to do?
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    Preparing Clients to Handle Job Interview Stress

    • Neil O'Donnell
    Apr 06, 2016
    Career counselors are often tasked with helping clients prepare for a job interview, an event often fraught with stress, before, during and after. Let’s face it, we all have experience in this, having stressed over how to prepare, what was going to be asked, and what the hiring committee was thinking during & after the actual interview. I wish there was a magic trick to make the stress disappear (there isn’t – I checked)
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    Helping Clients Manage Work Stress

    • Neil O'Donnell
    Mar 25, 2016
    Prior to working as a career counselor, I worked in a number of environments: a cook & dishwasher at a restaurant, a college tutor/mentor, a field archaeologist and a museum curator. As each job involved different responsibilities, each job provided its own unique sets of stressors.
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    Culture and Career

    • Monica Band
    Feb 09, 2015
    Familial influences often impacts career decision making. Should a counselor take a systems approach to career counseling, one should explore the intersectionality of multicultural diversity and family influence. There is undoubtedly an increasing shift in population of the United States which includes multiracial, multiethnic, and multiple language groups.
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  • Going After What you Want

    • Heather Shannon
    Aug 15, 2013
    This week I had a couple clients come in who knew what they wanted and needed in terms of their career, but felt a bit stuck in going after it. Nothing earth shattering--this happens to all of us. And to be honest, I hear it every week about one aspect of life or another. But, this self-limiting belief that we can’t have what we want doesn't need to be the case. Not only do most people know what they really want and need, they also know how to get there--if they take the time to stop and ask themselves.
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  • Angry Black Woman

    • Andrea Holyfield
    May 06, 2013
    So I’ve been thinking about this idea of the Angry Black woman. Specifically, I’ve been relating this concept to the workplace. I recently attended a diversity training where the presenter was arming us with tools on how to work with a client that has persistent anger related to her job, boss or co-workers. We were empowered with breathing exercises, visualization exercises and friendly confrontational techniques to help our female client deal with the irrational ideas that she was holding that was creating anger. What I never heard was how to work with a client who has the right to be angry.
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  • Family First

    • Andrea Holyfield
    Feb 26, 2013
    Recently I had the honor and pleasure to speak to a group of courageous young women ages 14 -19 about my life and experiences as a teen mother. I was invited by Family First, an organization in downtown Atlanta that provides counseling and assistance to young pregnant and teen moms. I was ecstatic about the opportunity to speak with this group of women of course because even 20 years later I still identify myself as a teen mom.
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  • Andrea Holyfield

    How to date

    • Andrea Holyfield
    Oct 15, 2012
    Well the time has come. I’m in my first relationship since my divorce. I am completely smitten. This man has my full attention. The problem is this is my first relationship since my divorce. I’m scared to death. I’m still catching up with old friends who I haven’t spoken to and informing them that “things didn’t work out,” and “we’re still very good friends,” and “the girls are fine.” I’ve finally gotten everything changed back to my maiden name and now I’m giggling about this new guy.
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  • Natosha Monroe

    What Other Jobs Can I Get With My Masters Degree in Counseling?

    • Natosha Monroe
    Oct 02, 2012
    For many different reasons, Professional Counselors may want to consider an option other than counseling for work. Perhaps, other than opening up one’s own private practice, there are no openings for counselors in their area. Another reason is near and dear to my heart—people who have obtained their graduate degrees and entered the counseling profession specifically to offer services to Troops and their Families find themselves “blocked” from those jobs. Some counselors may simply want to supplement their income, explore a new area of work, or change up routine to avoid burnout. So what are some of our options?
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  • Andrea Holyfield

    The Reality of Authenticity

    • Andrea Holyfield
    Jul 24, 2012
    So lately I’ve been wrestling with my thoughts on authenticity. It is a concept that is all over the self-help and Positive Psychology arenas (areas that I find myself most comfortable). To me practicing activities that have led to my own personal connection with my authentic self has been a liberating and empowering experience, one that I’ve wanted to incorporate in my work with my clients. This idea of taking off layers and layers of externally imposed masks and becoming aware of our truest thoughts, impulses and desires is something not too far from spiritual to me. Who wouldn’t want to connect with themselves on that level?
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