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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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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya—Blog #7: Motivated Students

    • Brooke Collison
    Sep 11, 2012
    I had an interesting dialogue with a student yesterday—a single mother who is a practicing nurse in a clinic that sees all kinds of patients. She is taking more courses this term than I think she should, but she just sounds determined and committed enough to make it all work. She wants to become a counselor and is taking a course in Human Growth and Development that I am teaching. We had the opportunity to have a long one-on-one discussing course concepts, assignments for the trimester, her goals, and her experiences.
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  • Pam Ebert

    I May Speak With An Accent, But I Do Not Think One

    • Pam Ebert
    Sep 10, 2012
    Recently I began a new part-time job working as part of a team of crisis clinicians in a local ER. I am going to be working inside of Trumbull Memorial Hospital which is located in Warren, Ohio. Trumbull County is located in the northern region of Appalachia and has around 225,000 residents, including both urban and rural areas. In the past, many Trumbull county workers were employed in the steel and automobile industries and when those industries went downhill, so did most of the region, including notable cities like nearby Youngstown and Akron.
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