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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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    More Than Just Anorexia and Bulimia

    • Rachel Collins
    Sep 09, 2015
    Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and now Binge Eating Disorder have become common terms with the mental health field. However, what about other lesser known eating disorders such as Food Emotional Avoidance Disorder, Selective Eating and Functional Dysphagia. These are often considered childhood eating disorders but are not yet classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
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    A First Year in Graduate School

    • Elena Yee
    Sep 08, 2015
    It’s hard to believe that I’ve finished my first year and first summer in my graduate program in clinical mental health counseling. Here I am with nine courses under my belt and eleven to go before I graduate in May 2017. It has been an interesting experience of being a non-traditional student (i.e. in my early fifties) and as one of the few students of color in my classes.
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    Building Rapport with Children

    • Rachel Collins
    Sep 03, 2015
    Building rapport with children can be difficult at times. A child’s cues for safety are often from the parent or guardian. If the parent develops a good rapport with the counselor, the child is more likely to as well.
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    Games and ADHD

    • Rachel Collins
    Aug 27, 2015
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a popular childhood diagnosis. Terms like hyperactivity, impulsivity and easily distracted come to mind when describing a child diagnosed with this condition. How can a clinician work with this conditions using everyday materials? Therapeutic games, such as the Impulse Control Game are great and serve their purpose but what about playing a game of Connect Four with the child?
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    How to Deal when No Tolerance is Not Effective

    • Rachel Collins
    Aug 24, 2015
    There is supposed to be a no tolerance policy for bullying, especially within the school environment. Why is it then that a 5 year old who has appeared with scratches and terrified when he sees a certain child continues to be bullied on the school bus and within his school environment?
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  • My Life In Crisis

    • Nicole Michaud
    Aug 14, 2015
    It is hard to believe that I have been working in crisis for almost two years now. When I first began I had no real idea what to expect from day to day. It is a bit comical that years later I still feel the exact same way when I come into work. There is never any way to know what can happen in a day working as a Crisis Clinician. It is a new challenge that stretches you almost every single day.
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