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  • Brooke Collison

    Final Exams and End-of-Year Stuff!!

    • Brooke Collison
    Nov 28, 2012
    It’s final exam time at KEMU. The exam system here is a little different than what I have known; and, you may have read my descriptions of the exam writing process if you are a regular blog follower (Hey, I hope you are—even though I don’t know who you are).
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  • Lee Kehoe

    Changing Roles and Identity in Later Life

    • Lee Kehoe
    Nov 27, 2012
    Through the major transitions, grieving of losses, onset of loneliness, and perceived loss of control, the relinquishment of roles typical of adulthood and acceptance of roles typical to later life become a great challenge for older adults. As I have worked with older adult clients, another theme that adds to the difficulties of adjusting to later life revolves around learning to navigate new roles. Many older adults worked for up to four decades in the same job, developing an identity that was very connected to that job. I have worked with female clients who identify as a mother before anything else; however, are still learning to adjust to having their grown children act as their caregiver, while they are left with no one to care for. These are just a couple examples of the role changes that I have seen in working with my older adult clients. Such role changes go deeper than simply getting use to a new way of living; they tap into the core identity of a person. When that identity is shaken, feelings of anxiety and depression are common symptoms of the struggle to adjust to the changing roles.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    Luxuries we take for granted…

    • Kareem Puranda
    Nov 26, 2012
    On the week of thanksgiving I visited a dentist because I was experiencing severe discomfort on the right side of my mouth every time I chewed. After running a few tests and x-rays, the doctor informed me that I had a fractured molar. The tooth had been damaged to the point where it agitated a nerve which also contributed to mild headaches and earaches. All of these conditions were caused by this fractured tooth which the doctor and I assumed was a result of habitual ice chewing. The doctor indicated that my safest option was to extract the tooth because it could potentially get infected since the tooth was fractured to the nerve. Talk about great timing… NOT! I became extremely concerned about my ability to eat on thanksgiving because I like to eat. I was bothered by not being able to enjoy the meals and desserts that are only prepared during the holidays. This concern prompted me to explore immediacy and the existential meaning behind this internal event. How did this one tooth make a significant impact among the other 31 that were ready and willing to entertain some thanksgiving grub and how does that apply to life in general? There was meaning in this moment….
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  • Ryan Thomas Neace

    How to Find a Counseling Internship: 3 Essential Characteristics

    • Ryan Thomas Neace
    Nov 26, 2012
    You CAN find an internship. Really!!! To some, this is the height of obviousness. They are well-connected by their academic program, family or personality, hard work, good politics, or just sheer luck. They’ve got any number of options come internship time. To others, this is the height of optimism. They are less-than-connected, by virtue of their online studentship, youth or senectitude, years spent in some other career, or just plain old bad luck. But even so – you can find an internship!
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  • Nancy White

    HOLIDAY DREAMS: Chronically Mentally Ill Incarcerated in the Criminal Justice System

    • Nancy White
    Nov 26, 2012
    As I sit at my desk, the day before Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, I think of all the things in my life that I am most thankful for. Included in my thoughts is the fact that I am not incarcerated. Not that I have ever done anything to be incarcerated for, but after working in the criminal justice system for over 30 years, the fact that I can go home to my own life after work, is something that I am very thankful for.
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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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