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  • Natosha Monroe

    The Unspoken Tolls of Military Cuts and Government Games

    • Natosha Monroe
    Nov 01, 2012
    In light of recent cuts to our military, I’d like to share a couple angles that people outside (or even inside) the military might not otherwise consider. Not too long ago my Army Reserve unit was told by a Pentagon General that the government was “cutting almost 20% of the Army”—meaning, get ready because at any point your commander may be told something along the lines of, “you need to get rid of 2 of your Soldiers today.” While I hear much in debates and the news of unemployment rates, I don’t hear much about how military cuts are affecting our Troops and Families. Remember, a Veteran who is “fired” becomes unemployed too.
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  • Sandi Logan

    Striving Towards Continuous Improvement…

    • Sandi Logan
    Nov 01, 2012
    I heard this phrase nearly half a dozen years ago when I was working as a school counselor intern for a local school district. I was collaborating with a few school counselors in creating a presentation for the upcoming California Association of School Counselors’ (CASC) annual conference. Little did I know that this phrase would continue to resonate with me. When I think of continuous improvement, I think of counselors and educators in general. No matter what our specific role is, we should all be striving towards continuous improvement. So what would happen if we didn’t strive for such a thing? Well, I believe we would be stuck with status quo, in stagnant position.
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  • Kimberly Beck

    Insights

    • Kimberly Beck
    Oct 31, 2012
    I was sitting here trying to think of what to write and then it was time for a client to come in. I mentioned to her I was just doing a blog and couldn’t think of what to write. This seemed to get her creative juices flowing and she got all excited and said to me… you know how some people use their mental illness as an excuse for not being able to function , it’s true for some people but look at the deaf population…. They created a whole language for their “disability” and she said she is going to do the same, she’s going to use her weaknesses as strengths to build on and use them as positives. She wants to help others overcome their mental illness by using their symptomology.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    Inspiration…

    • Kareem Puranda
    Oct 31, 2012
    Where does inspiration come from? Is it initiated by our environment or does it begin from within? I often find reasons to ask myself the questions that I do not readily have the answers to. Such as, why did I have to go through that in order to learn this? Whatever this or that may be, it was important for my development as a person. It provided me with the clues of what direction I needed to commit too and which directions I needed to avoid. One universal trait all humans share is that we were created to contribute to others. How we contribute depends on the gifts and clues that the Creator of the universe allows us to understand. Perhaps He does not allow us to know all things pertaining to our purpose for the simple fact that we would try to change the work He predestined according to His perfect will.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya: Blog #14—HIV/AIDS and More

    • Brooke Collison
    Oct 31, 2012
    I received a student assignment today which blew me away. It came by email from a distance learning student—one of those who meet one day on campus, do the rest of the work on their own guided by a printed set of resource materials, then returns to campus in December to take a final exam. I’m not thrilled about the format, but I try to provide some personal contact via email exchanges.
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  • Marianela Medrano-Marra

    When Creativity Heals

    • Marianela Medrano-Marra
    Oct 31, 2012
    “…art approaches as a saving sorceress, expert at healing. She alone knows how to turn these nauseous thoughts about the horror or absurdity of existence into notions with which one can live.” –Frederick Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy
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  • Margo Velez

    Environment and Mentality

    • Margo Velez
    Oct 31, 2012
    I’ve added a second office location and I am looking forward to working with clients in this inviting space. It has windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling in the lobby and offices, bringing in a lot of light, openness, and views of the city. The furniture and décor are contemporary, yet comfortable, in soothing colors that evoke a sense of relaxation and calm. The space is clean and uncluttered, balancing a professional atmosphere with comfort.
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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    The Good Moments

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Oct 31, 2012
    Like any intern or counselor, my days are filled with ups and downs. I’m learning that the downs can really get you down, like difficult clients, sticky institutional issues, and personal problems. These can quickly sap my energy and make me less open when I work with my clients.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    With all things considered…Self-care is a must…

    • Kareem Puranda
    Oct 25, 2012
    I became inspired to blog about this topic after witnessing a cohort, who we will call “A”, emotionally break down behind closed doors after working with a client. During the session “A” held it together and gave no indication that a crisis was taking place in her personal life. Yet in our conversation “A” revealed how much of a struggle it was for her to remain focused because of the personal issues she was undertaking. I can only imagine the strength it took to remain committed to the client while coping with the personal problems. On that day “A” and I shared silence for the hurt she was experiencing. The silence allowed her to process and somehow laughter began to take place.
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  • Kimberly Beck

    Licensed Independent Social Workers vs. Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselors

    • Kimberly Beck
    Oct 25, 2012
    This topic has been on my mind lately. The fact that ONLY LISW can treat Medicare clients while PCCs cannot. We are trained to treat many issues; in fact we may have more knowledge than LISW’s on some issues. I have my PhD in counseling yet am not allowed to work with Medicare clients. I had a few of my clients go to Medicare and I could no longer treat them because I’m not an LISW. I am an LSW (Licensed social worker) and a PCC-S. Why do I not qualify?
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