ACA Blog

  • Margo Velez

    The Path of Counselor Identity

    • Margo Velez
    Oct 15, 2012
    We each arrive to our graduate programs with different strengths, experiences, and levels of preparation. Do you remember what prompted you to look into graduate programs in counseling? Some of us study related majors in undergrad, and charge straight into graduate school. Others begin working after college, and their post-grad experiences lead them into this field. Many held careers in other professions and completely change gears. Counseling students represent a diverse group of backgrounds and ages, with traditional and non-traditional students. This diversity of experience enriches the classroom and the identity of the counselor.
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  • Ray McKinnis

    A Counselor’s Dilemma

    • Ray McKinnis
    Oct 15, 2012
    We counselors have an almost impossible challenge: on the one hand, if we come to a counseling session with a particular diagnosis or theory or plan, we are likely to be blind to what does not fit that diagnosis or plan; on the other hand, if we come completely ‘open’ we are likely to miss patterns that give clues to understanding our client’s problems.
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  • Anthony Centore

    Should I Hire Counselors as Independent Contractors or Employees?

    • Anthony Centore
    Oct 15, 2012
    Are you ready to bring on an additional counselor? Congrats! Your practice must be growing! If you’re like many, you’re facing a tricky decision. This new clinician—will you be hiring him or her as an employee, or as an independent contractor? Practices have done it both ways, and there are pros and cons to each.
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  • Doc Warren

    Deaf, abused, malnourished and abandoned- Helen’s story

    • Doc Warren
    Oct 15, 2012
    Many months ago a badly abused, malnourished abandoned puppy wondered into an autobody repair business. She was dirty, starving and had large open and infected wounds on her face. Some of the wounds could have been cigarette burns, some could have been the result of her being fed to fight dogs, a barbaric tradition of those who make money from torturing, maiming and killing dogs for “sport,” others were from causes unknown. She was dirty, confused, neglected and scared. She had little trust and would growl and bark if you approached her. Her eyes were filled with sadness but also despite her treatment, they were filled with love. They discovered that she was deaf, there is no way to know if this was the excuse that her previous owners used to excuse their treatment of her or not.
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  • Andrea Holyfield

    How to date

    • Andrea Holyfield
    Oct 15, 2012
    Well the time has come. I’m in my first relationship since my divorce. I am completely smitten. This man has my full attention. The problem is this is my first relationship since my divorce. I’m scared to death. I’m still catching up with old friends who I haven’t spoken to and informing them that “things didn’t work out,” and “we’re still very good friends,” and “the girls are fine.” I’ve finally gotten everything changed back to my maiden name and now I’m giggling about this new guy.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya: Blog #12: Making It Relevant

    • Brooke Collison
    Oct 15, 2012
    I continue to struggle to find ways to make my classes most relevant for the students here in Kenya. At times, the obvious jumps up and smacks me in the face and I ask myself, “Why didn’t I think of that earlier?” I’ve had difficulty getting young students to identify broad social issues that face communities or groups. I’ve been struck by individual students who can name a human need (AIDS counseling, etc.) and who can develop a response [see Blog # 11], but I get less response when there is a class of 20 people. Of course, developing an interactive class [my preferred style] has been difficult all along.
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  • Anderson Antoine

    What Makes People Act the way they do?

    • Anderson Antoine
    Oct 15, 2012
    In our role as counselors, we have access to all the stories that our clients tell from day to day. Every story told is wrapped up in a series of events that occur to the clients from time to time. It is my settled opinion that no event in a person’s experience is attached to any particular meaning apart from that which the client attaches to it. Therefore, one may rightly assume that all events are neutral.
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  • Sandi Logan

    Pleased to Meet You…

    • Sandi Logan
    Oct 15, 2012
    Making the decision to pack up my entire life and move across the country from California to Florida was not so easy; I had lived in Southern California my entire life. My whole social network of friends, family, and colleagues were no longer at my fingertips. I would like to say that I knew my environment quite well and became known as the “Resource Queen” within my colleagues. Whether it was providing a parent a referral to access medical and mental health services or a fellow professional school counselor with an organization within their community, I seemed to usually have someone or somewhere to refer a person to.
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  • 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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