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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    End of Semester Lessons

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Dec 20, 2012
    Well, the end of the semester came and went last week, and little by little, I’m sifting through everything I have learned and experienced. (And I took some time out to bake some Christmas cookies, too!) With a new job, an internship, and a whole new city, that meant a lot of sifting. Here’s what I’m taking away from this semester.
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  • Doc Warren

    After the Crisis

    • Doc Warren
    Dec 19, 2012
    This series of blogs is excerpted from a chapter of a book that I contributed to. It is being shared here in the hopes that it may help to provide some foundation for ideas in your area. Please excuse the formality of the writing and please note that this series in no way reflects an opinion on how the professionals at Sandy Hook Elementary School handled the situation or preparation. It is my opinion that they likely did everything foreseeable to prevent this tragedy; sadly not everything can be planned against and thus avoided. My hat is off to those lost souls, the first responders and every member of the school’s team. They all did what they could to avoid this tragedy. Many died protecting this nation’s most cherished resource; our children…
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  • Anthony Centore

    Getting on Insurance Panels: Preparing for the Process

    • Anthony Centore
    Dec 17, 2012
    For health providers, medical credentialing is the process of getting networked with insurance companies (this is often described as "getting on insurance panels").
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  • Doc Warren

    The Sadness of Sandy Hook; our children at risk.

    • Doc Warren
    Dec 17, 2012
    I write this as the news is discussing the tragic multiple murder that was perpetrated at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. News is still scattered, reports as high as 29 dead have been reported, many of them kindergarten students. It is reported that a whole kindergarten class may be unaccounted for hours after the shooting began. The alleged shooter is reportedly dead, reportedly a 24 year old whose mother worked as a kindergarten teacher at the school who entered the building at 9:30 am carrying many weapons. Some of these reports may prove inaccurate but what is known is that many are dead. It is reported that he had earlier killed his father in New Jersey before killing his mother in CT on his way to the school.
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  • Stephen Ratcliff

    Where will the horror end?

    • Stephen Ratcliff
    Dec 17, 2012
    My heart weeps in horror as I watch the scenes from Newtown, Connecticut where a man shot and killed over twenty individuals. I can only imagine the terror the parents living in this rural town of just over 27,000 people have felt all morning as news spread about this devastating incident. The faces of children crying are broadcasted on television sets all over our nation as people sit glued to the latest news blip from this latest in a series of devastating shootings.
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  • Lisa Krystosek

    Title: Horses as Counselors: Therapeutic Driving

    • Lisa Krystosek
    Dec 17, 2012
    As we learned last time, Therapeutic Horsemanship is a great method of recreational therapy for people with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities and mental health issues. In addition to riding lessons, many Therapeutic Horsemanship programs offer other ways of interacting with horses to enhance the physical, psychological and social benefits horsemanship provides. One example is Therapeutic Driving.
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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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