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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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  • Natosha Monroe

    What Other Jobs Can I Get With My Masters Degree in Counseling?

    • Natosha Monroe
    Oct 02, 2012
    For many different reasons, Professional Counselors may want to consider an option other than counseling for work. Perhaps, other than opening up one’s own private practice, there are no openings for counselors in their area. Another reason is near and dear to my heart—people who have obtained their graduate degrees and entered the counseling profession specifically to offer services to Troops and their Families find themselves “blocked” from those jobs. Some counselors may simply want to supplement their income, explore a new area of work, or change up routine to avoid burnout. So what are some of our options?
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  • Kareem Puranda

    Cops, Robbers, and Counselors Ohhh My…

    • Kareem Puranda
    Oct 01, 2012
    Can counselors find a niche in between these polarities? The common thread between these entities is the affirming of community trust. From a historical standpoint I think criminals and police officers share similar ideologies relative to their context…. both believe the other is the adversary, at times both consider each other a gang, both are willing to use deadly force, both are constantly thinking of ways to perform their jobs better and the list continues. If you can come up with anymore commonalities please feel free to cue them in the comments.
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