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  • Holy Thesis Topic! How the Heck Do I Choose One?!

    • Natosha Monroe
    Jan 30, 2013
    Congratulations! You’re at the point in your graduate program where you get to choose a topic for your doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis. Yea! All those classes…all those dollars spent on tuition…the pages upon pages of mind-numbing journal articles…now you finally get to choose a topic for the final requirement necessary to hang that degree on the wall! You’re energized. You’re ready to get started on your research. You have some interests in mind. Now to choose your topic…easy right? Not always so, as I learned this past year.
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  • PsychoFARMacology – There are often alternatives to a psychiatric referral. Part one of two.

    • Doc Warren
    Jan 30, 2013
    As clinicians we undoubtedly do everything we can to help our clients. Many times this help comes in the form of “traditional” talk therapy and related interventions but there are times when behavioral interventions alone will not do the job. There are times when level of anxiety, depression (the most common reasons many enter treatment) reach a level that a client will need to be assessed for either short or long term medical interventions.
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  • Welcome to Crisis Wednesday!

    • Sandi Logan
    Jan 30, 2013
    This weekend, I was reminiscing of what I was doing this same time last year. What popped into my mind was the following: Well, it was nearly half way through the school year and I could confidently say that things were in full swing. I conducted classroom guidance lessons for all of my second graders on tattling, which was identified area of need. I completed “at-risk conferences” with all of my 7th graders and their caregivers, when possible. I collaborated with an English teacher and have integrated my career exploration workbooks into her 7th and 8th grade curriculum. My intern has developed a keen understanding of how a school counselor functions and is working quite well independently.
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  • Horses as Counselors: Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, EAGALA-style.

    • Lisa Krystosek
    Jan 30, 2013
    This week we will be climbing out of the saddle to learn about the experiential groundwork techniques of the EAGALA method.
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  • Partners in Hope

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Jan 30, 2013
    I have been intentionally quiet on this blog in the weeks since the Sandy Hook shooting, unable to have clarity about my thoughts, beliefs and feelings, overwhelmed by sadness; I struggle to integrate and make sense of such horrible violence and loss of innocence. I live and work not far from Sandy Hook and it has felt as though it happened in my own back yard. It is an unusual time for counselors in Connecticut as we both experience the grief of this tragedy while bearing witness to the pain of our clients; it is a shared journey of recovery.
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  • What NOT to say after you say hello…

    • Doc Warren
    Jan 30, 2013
    Most if not all of you realize that I am playing off Eric Berne’s seminal text’s titled “What do you say after you say hello?” If you are one of the few that has never read it I encourage you to drop everything, cancel your day’s sessions (if you didn’t already once you saw that I had published this blog) and read it cover to cover; if for no other reason than that it may make this blog title and blog itself all the more humorous. Go ahead, I can wait (Looking at my Ingraham pocket watch that was made right here in Bristol CT back when we didn’t send every job to China)…
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  • Which Comes First – Counseling or Sign Language?

    • Shannon Ruane
    Jan 30, 2013
    Since the submission of my last blog post about deaf individuals and some of their negative experiences in counseling, I have been seriously touched and somewhat humbled by the outpouring of communication I have received not only from counselors and counseling students; but also from deaf and hard of hearing individuals themselves.
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  • Setting Expectations in Line with Reality

    • Grace Hipona
    Jan 30, 2013
    This was a quote that I heard during my masters program several years ago now, and it has stuck with me ever since. Whether we are working with a client, supervisee, or student or in our personal lives, this can be applied. Of course, as with any words of advice, it is easier said than done. Several examples come to mind in my work with all those listed above.
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  • Horses as Counselors: Therapeutic Vaulting

    • Lisa Krystosek
    Jan 30, 2013
    This is an area of Therapeutic Horsemanship that I find to be fascinating. When I think of vaulting on horseback, the image of superhuman gymnasts in Cirque du Soleil-like performances springs to my mind. The more I researched the topic, however, the more I realized the value it brings to clients participating in Therapeutic Horsemanship programs. The balance, focus, confidence and teamwork it takes to perform the exercises during a Therapeutic Vaulting session can be extremely beneficial not only in a physical sense, but also psychologically.
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  • A year "without a face" - how current situations can bring back painful memories.

    • Doc Warren
    Jan 30, 2013
    Last I checked we are all humans, sure we are highly trained and highly skilled humans but no amount of formal education, certifications and licensure can take the human out of human service providers. Though we know how to work through our issues and seek the assistance of other clinical professionals as needed, there are times when well buried or long forgotten issues can be triggered by a client, situation or event. How we deal with those issues can make or break us as clinical professionals. It can also help us better understand our client’s reactions to things as well, should we look at and understand our own reactions.
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