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  • Anthony Centore

    Mental Health Billing: 10 Common Questions and Answers

    • Anthony Centore
    Dec 17, 2012
    If you are a mental health professional working in private or group practice, you have your work cut out for you. Serving your clients well, and finding the time to handle all of the administrative tasks of your practice can become quite stressful.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    The Four Agreements: Don’ Take Anything Personally

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Dec 12, 2012
    In my previous blog, I introduced the work of Toltec nagual, Don Miguel Ruiz and his book, The Four Agreements. These agreements: Be Impeccable with your word, Don't take anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, and Always do your Best are the four pillars of his wisdom and of a mindful life. They appear to be simple yet can be challenging to live by in daily life.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator Leaving Kenya: Blog Post # 17

    • Brooke Collison
    Dec 12, 2012
    The time has come to close up loose ends, pack bags, say goodbyes, and head back to Oregon. It’s a bittersweet time—this experience has been good, we’ve made good friends, we feel good about what we’ve done, and we hear constant questioning about our return date. It’s also just a week before Christmas and one of those high points of family time. We’re ready to be at home and to celebrate with family and friends whom we have not seen for four months.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    Puff, Puff, Pass: Cheech and Chong are good to go…

    • Kareem Puranda
    Dec 11, 2012
    First Washington now Colorado….and the trend begins! I think this is a great victory for all who enjoy the pleasantries of smoking marijuana in those states. Many laws surrounding simple possession and various intent to sell and deliver criteria’s have seemingly targeted minorities disproportionately and landed them in either jail or on a probationary sentence that imposes fees which most probationers cannot afford. Some probationers have explained that it is a matter of deciding whether or not to pay fees or buy groceries at the expense of an active sentence.
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  • Susan Jennifer Polese

    Speak Passionately this Holiday Season

    • Susan Jennifer Polese
    Dec 10, 2012
    I am interning as a domestic violence and sexual assault counselor. The work is challenging and difficult, but rewarding. I’ve noticed one thing, however – Ever want to stop the conversation on a dime at a cocktail party? - just mention that you are a domestic violence and sexual assault counselor. While out trying to relax and have fun at a party I have tried to give the pat answer of “I am a counselor” in response to the inevitable question, “What do you do?” – but I can’t keep my passion down and I need to share what I am actually doing for a living and what I am so passionate about it. I am often faced with a blank stare or a “I could never do that kind of work,” and this is often the end of the conversation. Don’t get me wrong! Occasionally I do get an interested conversation partner and we have a great exchange and we both learn something from each other (don’t you just love when that happens?) But usually after I say what I do all that fills the air is the sound of crickets.
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  • Sandi Logan

    What a difference a year makes

    • Sandi Logan
    Dec 10, 2012
    Oh, what a difference a year makes! This time last year I was fervently submitting my applications for PhD programs in Counselor Education & Supervision. I was comfortably living in Southern California, where I have resided my entire life, working as a professional school counselor. How could I and why should I consider leaving my nest? Well, first of all, the notion of burnout was prevailing in my life. I found myself thinking “I do love my career. However, if I ever want to do this again, I need to get out now.” So, thus a contributing factor to my desire to reach for future goals.
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  • Horses as Counselors: Therapeutic Horsemanship

    Dec 06, 2012
    [caption id="attachment_7044" align="alignleft" width="150"] Lisa Krystosek [/caption] This week we will jump into the saddle to gain some insight into the world of Therapeutic Horsemanship.
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  • Doc Warren

    Clinician in Court- a few thoughts

    • Doc Warren
    Dec 06, 2012
    I sit here in my monkey suit, custom tailored, smart tie, long sleeved shirt, calf skin leather shoes, silk tie and suspenders; it can mean only one thing, I am headed to testify as an expert witness in court. Very few things can make me wear long sleeves or a tie for that matter…
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  • John Sommers-Flanagan

    Secrets of the Miracle Question in Counseling: Part I

    • John Sommers-Flanagan
    Dec 04, 2012
    You might want to sit down because this could take a while. Developed in the 1970s by Insoo Kim Berg and Steven de Shazer, the miracle question has become a very popular therapy intervention. It’s standard fare for solution-focused therapists and has been written about extensively. In 2004, Linda Metcalf wrote a whole book about it and in 2010 Ryan Howes of Psychology Today declared it the #10 most “cool” intervention in psychotherapy.
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  • Natosha Monroe

    The Power of Interpersonal Connections: Someone Believing in You

    • Natosha Monroe
    Dec 03, 2012
    YouTube is not typically my thing, but I’m glad my mom put her cell phone in front of my face Monday to share this video with me. It’s AMAZING. I shared it with my psychology students because our topic was the psychology of healing and it fit perfectly. The ex-paratrooper featured in the video had all but given up: He was overweight, unhappy…but someone believed in him and offered him hope. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this right now and go watch it…then come back and finish reading of course! Here’s how to view it:
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