ACA Blog

  • To Build a Counseling App or Should Clients be Allowed to Record Therapy Sessions?

    • Anthony Centore
    Sep 13, 2013
    For years people had said to me, “You should build an app.” I’d reply, “No thank you! The world doesn’t need another useless app.” Apple has almost a million apps in their store, many not worth the bandwidth they’re downloaded on. I should know; I’ve bought and deleted most of them.
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  • The Power of Magnesium

    • Heather Shannon
    Sep 06, 2013
    Amongst other things, magnesium can: Relieve anxiety, treat restless leg syndrome, help with treatment-resistant depression, prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels, reduce symptoms of ADHD, relieve constipation and act as an antacid, prevent diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity, and keep your bones healthy–especially if you don’t eat dairy.
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  • Clinicians in transition: Getting started, moving on, starting over…

    • Doc Warren
    Sep 05, 2013
    Sometimes it seems that no matter the clinician, no matter the age and no matter the setting, they are in the process of some kind of transition. The transition can be personal or professional, but it seems that as a group of folks, we are never or at least seldom happy with simply sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the fruit of our hard work and good deeds
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  • Lessons from two FCA leaders

    • Alejandra Delgado
    Sep 05, 2013
    We often hear that networking has many benefits. While you build your connections you are more likely to get referrals, hear about job opportunities, increase your support system, share and receive ideas, etc. While I knew many of these benefits from personal experience, I was astonished when I heard that the present and former president of the Florida Counseling Association (FCA), Dr. Shon Smith and Ms. Kathryn WIlliams respectively, had taken their leadership roles as the result of their network systems.
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  • Beyond Society’s Ideals

    • Alejandra Delgado
    Aug 28, 2013
    Imagine being 10 years old and being bullied for your sexual orientation. You like the opposite gender of what the society considers acceptable. You may be thinking this is not new - homosexuals are bullied everyday. But what if you live in a world where being homosexual is the norm and you are bullied for being heterosexual?
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  • Clients and Counselors as Quantum Particles?

    • Ray McKinnis
    Aug 28, 2013
    Last week at the drug store while waiting for a prescription to be filled, I picked up the latest copy of Scientific American. Since high school, I have found SA to be always fascinating. This was no exception. The cover article explained a latest theory on why we need sleep (to ‘prune the day’s chaff and restore neural balance’ in the brain). But what blew me away was the article describing one way of understanding ‘quantum particles’.
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  • Counseling Families and Caregivers of Older Adults

    • Lee Kehoe
    Aug 28, 2013
    Over the summer, I had the opportunity of co-facilitating a program for older adults in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias and their caregivers. In addition, I have been facilitating a support group for just caregivers, and over the course of the summer have learned a great deal about the challenges caregivers of older adults face in regards to mental health and wellness. Furthermore, as my caseload grows as a mental health counselor working with older adults, I have had a growing number of experiences engaging with families and caregivers.
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  • Expansiveness

    • Heather Shannon
    Aug 26, 2013
    I specialize in working with “Type A,” perfectionist clients. I love it because my clients are naturally goal-oriented and conscientious–more so than most people. They’re motivated to feel their best and dedicated to the process of making that happen. While often beneficial, there can be consequences when the need to succeed (in any area of life) drives us into a state of anxiety or compulsive behaviors. Some get heart palpitations, some clench their jaws, others turn to shopping or wine or sugar.
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  • A message to new clinicians and 2nd year grad students

    • Doc Warren
    Aug 26, 2013
    So, you have either just finished your first year of graduate school and are preparing for your internship or recently graduated with your MA degree and are interviewing for your first “real” clinical position. If you are like most folks you find yourself feeling overwhelmed at times thinking about how you will find placement in a field that has so many in it already who have years more experience than you. You may also find yourself feeling timid or even scared at the thought of what you are getting yourself into after listening to some of us old grizzled clinicians talk about our horror stories from throughout our careers or (GULP!) from our internships or first few years in the field.
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  • Love yourself before technology

    • Alejandra Delgado
    Aug 20, 2013
    Human beings long connected-ness. It has been our nature to need and want social relationships since our creation but times have changed from when TV’s, video games, cellphones, and the Internet weren’t around. Nowadays, technology is everywhere. Most adolescents and adults can’t live without it
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