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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya: Post #18—Be Careful What You Say (and Do)!

    • Brooke Collison
    Jan 24, 2013
    Slips of the tongue happen for most of us way more frequently than we would like. When we find ourselves in a new place (e.g., Kenya) and with a different language base (e.g., Kiswahili and UK-influenced English), the slips just seem to multiply exponentially.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    Awareness of Adam

    • Kareem Puranda
    Jan 10, 2013
    Storm clouds form at the onset of a rain storm. Generally that is a sign to prepare accordingly… Should you choose to ignore the signs then the consequences can be greater than the steps toward prevention.
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  • Doc Warren

    Maintaining safety on school grounds

    • Doc Warren
    Dec 20, 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.
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  • Stephen Ratcliff

    A lesson in unconditional positive regard

    • Stephen Ratcliff
    Dec 20, 2012
    In working with individuals who are struggling with co-occurring mental health problems and addiction, its not totally uncommon to have a client arrive to session intoxicated to a degree. This raises a number of ethical questions as well as the dilemma of whether or not to continue the session. Client safety is paramount of course. It makes sense to me that a person struggling from the intense emotional overload of psychological trauma or severe depression may self-medicate with a substance such as marijuana, yet therapeutic work with an individual who is intoxicated is typically of limited substance.
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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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