ACA Blog

  • Kristen Eckhardt

    Starting to Feel Like a Counselor: Forging My Professional Identity

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Oct 15, 2012
    I think most counseling students alternately feel like experts one moment and complete frauds the next. I know that describes my own experience pretty well. The field is so wide and varied that at the moment I think I’ve really mastered something, I realize that I’ve actually mastered about 4% of whatever it is and still have to learn the other 96% of it.
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  • Lee Kehoe

    Loneliness and the Reinvention of Hope in Old Age

    • Lee Kehoe
    Oct 10, 2012
    As I’ve gained more experience working with my older adult clients, I believe there is one aspect to the work that is the hardest for me not to take home every day. To be present with another person’s loneliness is one of the most heart wrenching feelings to sit with. Loneliness is also perhaps the most pervasive theme I have seen over my time working with older adults. I felt compelled to share my experiences and thoughts on working with clients who are living with such extreme loneliness because so many of my clients have been bringing it up more recently. The clients’ feelings of loneliness don’t even really have to be said since they are so very much felt as soon as I walk into the room. I personally struggle to know how to help my clients with such extreme loneliness.
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  • Anderson Antoine

    Don't Break the Silence?

    • Anderson Antoine
    Oct 10, 2012
    When a student walks into your life to so share with you a secret, there is no telling what will come embedded in the story. The student starts to whisper the little tales gone by and suddenly a heavy load is place upon your shoulder. The story does unfold in pieces and in patches and then the client slows a while to wonder if to break the secret open. There is often such a struggle on weighing the pros and cons but when you live the patience and when you apply the art and craft of psychotherapy the client finds release. On helping a certain client to break her silence I ended up penning the process in the following poem:
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya: Blog #11: AIDS

    • Brooke Collison
    Oct 09, 2012
    This will be a short blog post—once something has been said which speaks powerfully by itself, then to add to it is foolish.
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  • Pam Ebert

    Locked and loaded. Fire in the hole! …but be nice to each other. This school is a bullying-free zone.

    • Pam Ebert
    Oct 08, 2012
    This week I found myself mulling over the connection between counseling, culture and guns. Recently, a situation arose in our local elementary school where fifth grade student threatened to shoot another fifth grader with his gun. The child who issued the threat, aged 10, owned a gun. The gun was a present for his ninth birthday and was happily shown off to friends at his birthday party, much as a tech-savvy adult might show off their newest gadget.
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  • Kareem Puranda

    The Cover Doesn’t Tell the Story

    • Kareem Puranda
    Oct 08, 2012
    During my career as a police officer I recall moments when compassion and a second chance were warranted. It was through law enforcement that I realized character is not always accurately reflected by a criminal record or a bad decision. I have learned that people function according to their level of awareness. If people do not have access to information or resources conducive to awareness, then, they become students of trial and error.
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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    The Hidden Value of Supervision

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Oct 08, 2012
    Each week, about fifteen of my classmates and I log onto Blackboard every Monday night for our weekly internship supervision class. Coming from a music history background, internship class is unlike any other class I’ve ever taken--we meet in a virtual classroom and the materials differ each week depending on the case studies presented.
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  • Doc Warren

    I remember Danny: portrait of a pedophile. Part two of two

    • Doc Warren
    Oct 03, 2012
    Part two - Danny’s secrets lasted for many years. He raped his children, the neighborhood and church children and others that he caught in his web. His secrets were safe, his ability to abuse unfettered until the day when one child was unable to function any longer and seeing no escape from the abuse sought refuge in the idea that death would free him of the world of depravity at the hands of this monster. Searching the cabinets of his home he found drain cleaner and proceeded to drink all that he could. He lay down and waited for the world to end. By some miracle he was found before it was too late; rushed to the hospital he was saved although he suffered from permanent damage. Questioning at the hospital revealed that one of his kin, and older man named Danny had repeatedly abused his for years. Danny was brought in for questioning and later arrested.
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  • Jill Presnell

    The Inpatient Therapist: The addiction of suicide

    • Jill Presnell
    Oct 02, 2012
    I have one more part to the series on reactive detachment but wanted to pause to discuss this topic. We frequently work with individuals who have had fleeting suicidal thoughts for years. It’s become part of their life. This is the case for most of the members who participated in a recent group I facilitated. The group began as a discussion about secondary gains. The topic of suicidal thoughts came up. We dove in.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya, Blog #10: Examinations!!!

    • Brooke Collison
    Oct 02, 2012
    I suppose that every graduate program struggles with the best way to examine students. Schools wrestle with their mission and the responsibility to turn out graduates who meet some mysterious set of criteria which is never easy to define. The degree says something: “this is a researcher,” “this is a competent clinician,” “this person knows how to teach,” “this person carries on the honor and reputation of the university.”
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