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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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  • Anthony Centore

    Getting on Insurance Panels: 2013 Opportunities and Challenges

    • Anthony Centore
    Dec 03, 2012
    As we approach the New Year, our credentialing team is being asked more and more frequently what 2013 will bring for the process of getting on insurance panels. That’s a good question! While we don’t have a crystal ball, the trends show us a lot. Here are our predictions for 2013.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    The Four Agreements: Toltec Wisdom

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Dec 03, 2012
    The month of November can be a bittersweet time for me. It conjures painful memories of grief and loss; this year was particularly melancholy. Being a northeast resident, we faced back-to-back weather challenges with Hurricane Sandy and then a Nor’easter which dumped nearly ten inches of snow. My office was closed for an entire week due to power outages which oddly didn’t feel like a break from work. Rather, it felt like I was persistently on call waiting to be ordered back to the office. This was my entrance into November this year and I’ve felt off center since.
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  • Sandi Logan

    Are You My Mother…Oops I Mean Supervisor?

    • Sandi Logan
    Dec 03, 2012
    Who is responsible for providing supervision for professional school counselors? Is it the responsibility of their site administrator? Or perhaps, a district level individual whose job entails overseeing various educational support professionals?
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  • Lisa Krystosek

    Horses as Counselors: Hippotherapy

    • Lisa Krystosek
    Nov 28, 2012
    This week we will explore the world of Hippotherapy. Despite the way it sounds, we are not using the hippopotamus for therapeutic purposes - although I would like to see that!
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