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  • Pam Ebert

    Social Justice for Appalachia?

    • Pam Ebert
    Aug 27, 2012
    This week I’ve been thinking a lot about social justice and how the concept can be applied to our region. According to Chung & Bemak (2012) Social justice can be defined as issues that involve the individual, the family, the community, the wider society, and even the international community. It refers to unfair treatment or inequities that have resulted from racism, sexism, socioeconomics, sexual orientation, religion, ableism and other “isms” all o which affect quality of life.
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  • Natosha Monroe

    Tax Dollars Paying High School Kids to Go To School. What’s Wrong With This Picture?

    • Natosha Monroe
    Aug 27, 2012
    A co-worker just informed me the other day that my tax dollars are currently being used to pay teenagers in the Washington, DC area to attend high school. HUH?? I really couldn’t believe that. Has a portion of our society seriously forgotten that we are fortunate to have a public education system where any child can receive education (and receive free meals, school supplies, etc in many cases)? And now we’re going above and beyond that entitlement to now adopting a mindset that tax dollars should be used to PAY teenagers to get them into a classroom? What’s wrong with this picture?
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  • Anthony Centore

    Is Your Counseling Practice Built to Sell? (Part 1 of 2)

    • Anthony Centore
    Aug 27, 2012
    If you’re just getting started in private practice, selling your counseling business is possibly the last thing on your mind. However, it’s never too early to start laying the groundwork for building a counseling practice that will someday be attractive to an acquirer. In fact, realizing at the beginning that there will one day be an ending is good forethought.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    Putting the Brakes On

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Aug 27, 2012
    I am in the process of taking an online course – Trauma-Informed Art Therapy by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPAT, LPCC, ATR-BC. One of the assignments was to watch a video “Putting on the Brakes” featuring Babette Rothschild in which she describes the need to work with traumatized – if not all clients at their own pace, allowing time to decompress from the emotional intensity experienced during a therapy session. She likened this process to the balance of driving a stick shift car and the need to apply the gas and the brakes to move forward and to foster safety. It is one of the many pearls of wisdom I have gained through this course and other trainings given by Cathy.
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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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