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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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  • Barbara Jordan

    New Clinical Supervisors: Check Out This Checklist!

    • Barbara Jordan
    Oct 01, 2012
    So you’ve been promoted to Clinical Supervisor. You received some training and passed the certification test. You've been a counselor/therapist for years. However, you've never held a Clinical Supervision meeting. So now what? How do you conduct these meetings? How often should you meet with your counselors for supervision?
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  • Susan Jennifer Polese

    The Agony and the Ecstasy of Countertransference

    • Susan Jennifer Polese
    Oct 01, 2012
    The old boy has been disavowed throughout the ages. But we all owe him and extra thank you – not only for providing the rich fodder for truly wonderful Woody Allen films, but for giving us the juicy concepts of regression, sublimation, denial – and my favorite (for the purposes of this blog post): countertransference. Yes, I am talking about Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, who even the most devoted of psychoanalytic therapists say was, well – just plain wrong in the majority of his assumptions and his approach to mental health.
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  • Stacee Reicherzer

    Workplace Bullying

    • Stacee Reicherzer
    Oct 01, 2012
    One phenomenon I’ve observed is that the workplace creates precisely the right type of circumstances for individuals to get all of their old feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy triggered. Some individuals in these circumstances lash out and become aggressive as a tactic for trying to restore their worth. Whereas workplace violence is a significant problem, physical attacks are much less frequent than relational aggression: gossiping, intimidation, demeaning. When we consider how commonplace these behaviors are in organizations, and how they impact both the victim and the organization as a whole, we can begin to understand the nature of this problem, and how they really are the adult link to playground bullying behaviors among children.
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  • Nancy White

    When the Day Goes Wrong

    • Nancy White
    Oct 01, 2012
    It seems like when the “day goes wrong” in the criminal justice system, it really goes wrong. I have been spending a great deal of time thinking about just how to write this blog. Then I realized I had been thinking about it for a month, and it is just time to write.
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  • Haylee Wilson

    What do you do when you plateau?

    • Haylee Wilson
    Oct 01, 2012
    Admittedly, this time of year always seems the hardest to me. With the approach of fall, although in south Florida fall isn’t really a reprieve from the brutal summer heat, it seems time begins to race toward the end of the calendar year. Halloween arrives, followed quickly by Thanksgiving, and then suddenly New Year’s is upon us. This time of year is also distinct in terms of the academic course load. Midterms seem to appear out of thin air while research papers and final exams loom in the horizon. Even the addition of daylight savings time does little to stop the feeling that when dark approaches as six o’clock there simply are not enough hours in the day.
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  • Anderson Antoine

    Personality and Counseling

    • Anderson Antoine
    Oct 01, 2012
    As you sit in your counseling sessions working at helping clients resolve their varied concerns or problems, could it be rather challenging or even impossible to reach some of them, based on differences of personalities between you and your client?
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