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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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  • Doc Warren

    When it’s leg versus chainsaw staying calm can make all the difference.

    • Doc Warren
    Sep 12, 2012
    In High School my Construction Technology teacher shared a story about something that happened in the field; it illustrated the need to stay calm under pressure. He was working a steep pitched roof with a coworker. He was installing the shingles while the co worker made any custom cuts that were needed. A slip of the knife caused a very deep laceration which triggered shock and then panic in the co worker. Stuck on the roof with his bleeding friend with no one around (and before the days of cell phones) he had to think fast in order to save his friend’s life. Unable to get him off the roof by himself, he tore fabric from a shirt and wrapped the wound. Unable to leave him while he was thrashing about while in shock for fear that he could fall off the roof; he literally nailed his friend’s clothing to the roof so he could not fall off. He then climbed off the roof and found help. Due to the calm but quick response, the hand and life were saved.
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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    Time to Take Charge

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Sep 12, 2012
    I almost gave up last week. It wasn’t the greatest week of internship--or just life in general. I’m worried about not finishing my required direct contact hours by May, I missed a class assignment, I don’t have many counseling professional connections here in Louisiana, I haven’t seen my husband much, and I still don’t have a job.
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  • Megan Broadhead

    I Get Paid to Play?

    • Megan Broadhead
    Sep 12, 2012
    I’ve never worked with small children in a clinical setting before, and I suddenly find myself in a position at a private practice that sends many of them my way. I’m learning my way through this work and am actually enjoying it. I often think to myself, “How cool that these kids get to come to therapy so young, and that their caretakers are making this a priority.” Thinking back, I might have liked a reliable, safe place and person to myself for an hour each week!
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  • Lee Kehoe

    "A Call for Awareness: Serving Older Adults"

    • Lee Kehoe
    Sep 11, 2012
    In starting this new blogging endeavor, I thought it would be best to provide a brief summary of my background and passions as a counselor. I recently completed my masters in mental health counseling this past May and am now pursuing my passion of counseling the senior population. My interest in working with older adults grew from a combination of experiences with my family, as well as my undergraduate and graduate work.
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  • Christian Billington

    Man’s search for meaning (Part deux)

    • Christian Billington
    Sep 11, 2012
    Viktor Frankl made an impression on me. I was awestruck by his way of thinking years ago. I have since been drawn to existential theory, the purpose we find in life and how we make meaning of it.
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