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  • Haylee Wilson

    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

    • Haylee Wilson
    Aug 27, 2012
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Licensed Professional Counselor. Linguistic lore states that the Inuit culture has numerous words for “snow” and it seems that Americans have numerous words for “counselor”. Even I’ll admit, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming when I tell people what I will be once I’ve completed my Master’s degree.
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  • Guest Posters

    Business Rating Sites Pose a Serious Threat to Counselors and Other Behavioral Health Clinicians

    • Guest Posters
    Aug 23, 2012
    You’re a professional counselor in private practice. You’ve worked hard to build a solid reputation as a caring, ethical provider of top-notch behavioral health services. Then one day you notice a drop in new client calls and referrals. You do a name search on yourself on the Internet, and...low and behold!...someone has posted a nasty review about you that has wormed its way onto a number of “business rating sites.”
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  • Kristen Eckhardt

    Life (and Internship) Coming into Focus

    • Kristen Eckhardt
    Aug 23, 2012
    Just a few short weeks ago, my husband and I packed up our house and “family” (dog, cat, and two guinea pigs) and made the long drive from central Nebraska to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He started his doctoral program in music this month at Louisiana State University; I’m still finishing up my counseling degree through my university in Nebraska.
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  • Doc Warren

    “Legitimate Rape” preventing pregnancy and other terms made for the garden

    • Doc Warren
    Aug 23, 2012
    Imagine my surprise when I learned this weekend that all the training I have had regarding birth control and pregnancy was wrong. It appears that a politician who sits on of all things a science committee knows that a woman’s body has a natural defense against pregnancy IF she is LEGITIMATELY raped. I am not sure how the body knows the difference between legitimate and illegitimate rape (is there such a thing?) but somehow it just does, end of story. If she gets pregnant then it must not have been legitimate rape. I guess that would prove her a liar and the person arrested for the crime would be owed an apology, released from jail and given liberal visitation rights, that is IF the liar is even fit to have contact with the child at all; perhaps he would get full custody? It kind of reminds me of the old way of identifying witches, if she survived the drowning she was a witch and should be put to death, if she drowned, she was innocent but unfortunately dead.
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  • Nancy White

    A True Champion: Judge Mark A. Speiser

    • Nancy White
    Aug 22, 2012
    I have blogged in the past, about Mental Health Court and the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. I recently had the honor to meet and hear speak a “true champion” for the cause, The Honorable Mark A. Speiser, Judge in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya—Final Preparations (Blog Number 4)

    • Brooke Collison
    Aug 22, 2012
    We are one day away from departure. That means the final stages of packing, unpacking, repacking, unpacking again, shifting, discarding, sorting, and squeezing in have about run their course. My 30 pounds of books has become 20 pounds. I look at the ten pound discard stack on the floor of my office and wonder if I shouldn’t pull one out of a suitcase and slip a replacement in. Nope. I’ll stick with my last set of choices.
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  • A Counselor’s Search for Work

    Aug 22, 2012
    [caption id="attachment_4859" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jennifer Bingaman[/caption] I’m lucky that when I entered my graduate program to become a mental health counselor, I did it because I had discovered a passion for the field. I considered it lucky because the economy and job market at the time of my undergraduate graduation in 2009 was appalling. I figured 2.5 years might give me enough time to get my education completed with no real loss of time out in the working world. Heck, it might even be good for me. Many people suggested this as a factual claim, I would be just fine once I got my master’s degree and the jobs would come streaming in. Plus, I wasn’t getting a graduate degree for the sake of more education like many of my peers – I was really pursuing a passion.
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  • Haylee Wilson

    Failure is not an option

    • Haylee Wilson
    Aug 20, 2012
    I can remember the very day I began drinking coffee. It was the second day of my freshmen orientation for college and the campus bookstore had a Starbucks kiosk next to the cash registers. After perusing overpriced collegiate paraphernalia, which I would later buy in bulk, I wandered over to the kiosk and decided that what I needed most at that moment was a nice, hot, big, or “Grande” in barista, cup of coffee. My father, a lifelong coffee drinker, exclaimed upon entering the bookstore, “Since when do you drink coffee?” Little did we both know that we were witness to one of my greatest love affairs.
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  • Bob Walsh and Norm Dasenbrook

    Private Practice: When to Start? Part I

    • Bob Walsh and Norm Dasenbrook
    Aug 16, 2012
    Most graduate students consider or aspire to private practice as a possible career path. Be your own boss, treat the type of client that suits your skills and area of expertise, earn more income, etc. Many new graduates believe they can just “hang out a shingle” and open a practice or can just be supervised by a licensed clinician. Not so fast!
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  • Stephanie Adams

    Close To Home: The Shooting in College Station, TX

    • Stephanie Adams
    Aug 14, 2012
    Most of the time, when I am passing by the George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road intersection in College Station, TX, I am on my way to the fitness center I joined last month. I am thinking about how I will get through an hour of painful Zumba. From now on, whether I want to or not, I will be thinking about the deaths that occurred there on August 13, 2012.
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