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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    Planting Good Seeds

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Sep 24, 2012
    I realize last week’s post sounded pretty down, and in truth, that’s absolutely how I felt. Sometimes, life feels like one step forward and one step back. If you read my post anyway, thank you--maybe you’ve been there before or are going through something similar. But there’s a much, much happier ending to this week!
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  • Sandi Logan

    A Professional School Counselor's Dilemma

    • Sandi Logan
    Sep 19, 2012
    What do you do when you enter a position as a professional school counselor with no job description, job evaluation, or head counselor supervision? You develop the program to be what you want it to be. Well, what I wanted was a comprehensive school counseling program at a small K-8 school district in Southern California. I began my mission by emphasizing to administration the importance of acknowledging the three domains of our work, as addressed in ASCA’s national standards: Academic, Career, and Personal/Social. Quickly into my first year, I realized how important it was for others to truly understand what the role of a school counselor is. So, I attended staff meetings and provided updates as to what issues I was noticing were prevalent in my office. One by one, I entered classrooms to introduce myself to staff members and attempt to make a personal connection with each educator, as well as with the front office staff.
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  • Lee Kehoe

    The Implications of Growing Old: A Model of Later Life Challenges

    • Lee Kehoe
    Sep 19, 2012
    In focusing on counseling the older adult population, I may bring up the word personhood in many of my blogs. The concept of personhood has grown to be near to my heart and forever evolving as I grow as a counselor working with older adults. My exploration of personhood was the focus of my master’s thesis, and the model of the development of personhood and the loss of personhood in old age that I present later in this blog is what came from my thesis work.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya—Blog Entry #8: New Surprises

    • Brooke Collison
    Sep 18, 2012
    I came to Kenya as a volunteer faculty member here at Kenya Methodist University. I told the chair that I’d do anything they wanted me to do, that I just wanted to be helpful in any way I could. I agreed to “fit in” as best I could. I think I have, but there have been some surprises:
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  • Barbara Jordan

    Remember Where You Came From and How You Got Here

    • Barbara Jordan
    Sep 18, 2012
    Recently, an organization I work with experienced tremendous rapid business growth. Along with the typical “growing pains”, employees were over-extended because programs were under-staffed. Therefore, I stepped in to help counselors. Now, realize this: as a supervisor and counselor educator, it had been years since I was “in the trenches”. So you can imagine my surprise. Wow, was that an eye-opening experience! The most painful part of it was struggling with the record-keeping and paperwork. But, of course, as any great leader handles difficult times, I asked myself what I could learn from the experience. Supervisors: What can you learn from doing your counselors’ work?
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  • Pam Ebert

    The Autumn of Mental Wellness

    • Pam Ebert
    Sep 18, 2012
    You have all heard about the Arab Spring, right, and how revolution started with the people and spread to other countries? Well, this Appalachian girl is calling for a revolution in how we view mental health. Why it is that in 2012 we still can’t quite talk openly about mental illness and people still think “crazy” is an official term for a person who lives with or suffers from a mental or emotional disorder? Maybe this Fall could be the one that makes the difference, the turn of the tides for those of us who live with mental illness.
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  • Haylee Wilson

    Experiential Learning: an eye opening experience to the "real world"

    • Haylee Wilson
    Sep 17, 2012
    Prior to entering graduate school for mental health counseling, I worked at a senior center here in south Florida. Unlike most senior centers however, our center catered primarily to individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their family members. I worked as the Activities Coordinator and was essentially responsible for providing as much entertainment as possible for our clients during their eight hour stay with us. Although it was truly a worthwhile experience because I loved many of the people I worked with, including the clients, I quickly realized within my first year that this position was simply not for me.
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  • Anderson Antoine

    Considering What Professional Counseling is all about

    • Anderson Antoine
    Sep 17, 2012
    It is not a few times that I felt challenged to meet the high demands of getting involved in the process of professional counseling. The significant level of interpersonal relationship that is expected to exist between someone actively seeking help and myself sometimes startle me.
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  • Jill Presnell

    The Inpatient Therapist: The “Borderline Brigade” (Reactive disengagement Part 1)

    • Jill Presnell
    Sep 13, 2012
    [Note: this is a long blog but I believe it is an important issue for all Counselors] Recently, during morning report as the nurses were being assigned their patients for the day, a relatively new day nurse looked at her list and groused “great, I have the Borderline Brigade.” My jaw clenched. Several staff members looked at me, knowing that these kinds of derogatory references infuriate me. I held my tongue, choosing to pick my battles.
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  • Marianela Medrano-Marra

    What Not to Do with Broken Hearts

    • Marianela Medrano-Marra
    Sep 12, 2012
    In Macbeth, act IV, scene 3, lines 210-11, Shakespeare’s Malcolm extends the ultimate invitation to us: Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break.
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