Doc Warren

Doc Warren

"Doc Warren" Corson III is a counselor and the clinical & executive director of Community Counseling of Central CT Inc. and Pillwillop Therapeutic Farm (www.docwarren.org).

  • What Color Is Your Parachute? Or, Doc Warren Just Bought The Farm

    Jun 01, 2011
    “What color is your parachute” is perhaps the most read book when it comes to career counseling; one that I believe is used in many career counseling classes and was once a staple in my loaned book bookcase until it failed to be returned. The replacement copy soon joined the first one and I started to just refer people to the book rather than loan it. In the book we learned about the three boxes of life and how most of us are taught to segment our lives into sections, each with a unique focus. We learn as kids that our focus is education, when we become adults we enter the work stage and then if we are lucky enough to make it to retirement we begin the leisure stage. Bolles, who wrote the text and updates it annually proposed the concept of merging the corners of these boxes so that they overlap as much as possible; think of it as a “twofer” or threefer” if you will.
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  • Knowing the Difference Between Enough and Too Much with Our Clients

    May 23, 2011
    I love working with clients about as much as I love teaching and guiding clinicians in training. Long ago I was taught a valuable lesson on knowing when enough is enough or when things are too much for our clients. We are all taught how to read physical and verbal cues in counseling 101 and related classes. We learn the value of subtlety that can be gleaned from the posture, mannerisms, choice of words and related things that our clients do (which is why I am not a fan of phone or internet counseling unless there is an urgent need that prevents in person counseling, but that is for another time).
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  • When A Child-Client is Raped

    May 17, 2011
    Some of you have emailed me these past months and thanked me for the upbeat, spiritual, “old timey” type blogs that I post. Many of you have touched me with the kind words that you have written. While I try to keep upbeat and I love my work, there are times when I think all of us want to for at least a moment, take our shingles down from the building and walk away. This can be due to the low pay, lack of respect, insurance red tape or a host of things. Most of us work through those feelings and return to do our part to make a difference while others finally move on to brighter pastures. I don’t know when my time will come to hang it up but when I do, I am sure there will be a tractor, cowboy hat, denim and a flannel involved.
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  • It's Not a Trailer If It Precedes You and Other Farm Wisdom

    May 09, 2011
    “The trailer has a flat tire. If you have a spare I will change it for you while you are gone tomorrow.” “I don’t have a trailer.” Confused because we have used the darn thing for several loads of dirt “um, we’ve been using it for days and it’s still hooked up to the tractor.” Deadpan New England response follows:”that’s not a trailer, it’s a preceder.”
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  • Rediscovering History

    May 02, 2011
    Sometimes I think the difference between a wise man and a mule is that the mule knows that no matter what it does, it has likely been done before and stubbornly refuses to repeat history. The “wise man” on the other hand typically walks through life with eyes wide open but often with his mind closed to the possibility that “his discovery” was once common knowledge to those that preceded him.
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