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  • Lisa Krystosek

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

    • Lisa Krystosek
    Nov 21, 2012
    Well, the holidays have arrived! I love this time of year and relish the time I get to spend with family and friends. I look forward to “jacket weather” and watching my animals become wooly mammoths as they grow their winter coats. My favorite holiday memories include all of the Thanksgiving Day rides aboard my beloved horse, Irish. We rode for hours through the forest and fields behind our house as I recited my gratitude list in time to his trot and canter. It is a very humbling experience to create and recite a gratitude list and I highly suggest we all have one in our back pockets – especially when times are tough.
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  • Jill Presnell

    THE INPATIENT THERAPIST: A DAY IN THE LIFE

    • Jill Presnell
    Nov 19, 2012
    [The individuals and situations described below are an amalgam of years of encounters and represent common presentations. Potentially identifying information has been removed or changed to protect confidentiality] It’s 5:30 am. I receive a desperate phone call from the unit. Would I be willing to come in “for even a few hours” to cover for a therapist who called in sick. I have a little more flexibility with my hours because I’m currently a per diem therapist. I agree to work from 7am to 1pm. My husband and I planned a date for this afternoon.
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  • Doc Warren

    I’m a man. I can change. If I have to. I guess.

    • Doc Warren
    Nov 19, 2012
    Fellow fans of Red Green and the Possum Lodge will recognize this as the Man’s Prayer; that oft cited motto of the fictitious lodge that we have watched for years on PBS that was developed by Steve Smith and became available through the magic of television. Though no longer made, he still tours in a one man show because as he said “retirement stinks.” Reruns still grace our screens and we can buy boxed sets on his website. I think you may even be able to get “Red Green” limited edition duct tape should you so desire. Though let’s face it, duct tape is best when it is found.
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  • Lisa Krystosek

    Horses as Counselors?

    • Lisa Krystosek
    Nov 14, 2012
    Most of us are aware of the benefit therapeutic horsemanship provides to people with physical and developmental disabilities. But did you know that horses are also a wonderful resource to use in the identification and treatment of mental health issues? In this new blog, we will explore the ways horses and other animals may be able to enhance the therapeutic experience for our clients.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya, Blog #15—Some Kenya Schools

    • Brooke Collison
    Nov 13, 2012
    I’ve had the privilege in the last few weeks to be in several schools—primary, elementary, and college. In no way are these schools and the classrooms representative of all Kenyan schools. I make no comments about Kenyan education, just about what I experienced in my several visits.
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  • Christian Billington

    Shall We Have Some Tea?

    • Christian Billington
    Nov 13, 2012
    I remember clearly. We sat by her well used kitchen table as she busied herself making us some tea. Twenty minutes prior we had notified her that her husband of many years had died in the night. We cleaned him and lifted him back into bed and asked if she wanted to say goodbye. I cannot remember now, but I think she did. Tears and prayers followed and then in typical British fashion she set about making us tea as we awaited the police so we could ‘green up’ for the next case. This was my first experience with death, the dead and a survivor.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    Learn how to interpret your experiences correctly…

    • Kareem Puranda
    Nov 13, 2012
    I think the need for love and success are universal but our experiences distinguish how we achieve them. Experiences are like hands that mold clay. They shape who we become. All of us are being molded right now by our experiences. Many people tend to categorize these experiences as mistakes, traumatic, a waste of time, or generally good and bad. We all have experiences and regardless of the context I think we tend to categorize them incorrectly. In my worldview, experiences are none of the above, instead, they are opportunities to learn and grow!
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  • Doc Warren

    But I don’t feel 80…

    • Doc Warren
    Nov 05, 2012
    I had a cool thing happen the other day. Someone came up to me and asked me how I felt to be pushing 80; I looked at him with a confused look on my face before he added "you just posted your 79th blog for ACA". He’s a clever one to be sure and proof that at least one person reads my blog, or at least looks at the number of blogs I have written. Hey, I am not too proud and will take what I can get. :O)
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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    From the Stylist’s Chair, An Important Lesson on Self-Disclosure

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Nov 05, 2012
    Back when I started my degree last January, one of my teachers spoke about what happens when she gets on an airplane and ends up telling her seat partner what she does for a living--either the person has no idea what a counselor does, or the person wants her to solve all of their problems. Either way, this can be a fairly irritating situation for her, and probably most counselors. She told us she finally decided to say something vague, like she works with kids. Other teachers have shared what they do to avoid certain types of self-disclosure in addition to dodging tricky questions, like putting away family pictures before seeing certain clients.
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  • Jill Presnell

    The Inpatient Therapist: Don’t give them hope

    • Jill Presnell
    Nov 01, 2012
    Many individuals who come to our floor express feelings of hopelessness. Often, these feelings have a future orientation with the focus being primarily external or internal. The person may be immersed in thoughts about the pressures around them in which they feel trapped and see no viable way past. The future is a continuation of the present. Current circumstances and their consequences are eternal, becoming worse over time.
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