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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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  • What Makes People Cry?

    • Doc Warren
    Jul 28, 2015
    Part of working in this profession includes helping others not only help others but also make their mark on the profession. From time to time I come across a new professional that shows great potential and invite them to join me on one of my blogs. It’s a pleasure to share a sample of Tawnya’s writing. This is being shared with the authors’ enthusiastic permission. I do hope you enjoy.
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    The Wave: ADHD and Children

    • Rachel Collins
    Jul 28, 2015
    Waves come and go in the water just like symptoms of ADHD come and go in children. Working with children diagnosed with ADHD means helping the child understand what the diagnosis means and how to manage the symptoms.
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  • That which separates us.

    • Doc Warren
    Jul 22, 2015
    A few weeks ago I found myself at the boarder of two countries. On one side was America and on the other was Canada. All that separated the two countries was a small body of water. One need only to be a good swimmer, have a boat of some kind or drive across the bridge in order to leave one country and enter the next. If driving, be sure to have your passport ready. Lacking a passport, I did not make the trip but instead went on a few good walks on the USA side.
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    The ABC’s of Fireworks and Triggering

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Jul 01, 2015
    Celebrating July 4th is an American tradition complete with barbecues, parades and fireworks. It is pure summertime fun at its best. Unless you are someone who has been exposed to the impact of gun violence as a survivor of war, inner city, interpersonal or school gun violence. For you the bright light and loud booms of fireworks can trigger PTSD symptoms even for those whose exposure was many years ago. As a counselor specializing in trauma, I have learned there is no expiration date on triggering.
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