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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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  • Judy Belmont

    Quick Social Media Tips for Counselors Using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Blogs

    • Judy Belmont
    Aug 13, 2012
    Hayley Wilson wrote a timely ACA blog post this past week on the questionable merits of counselors using Facebook. After going through a huge social media learning curve this past year, originally spurred on by trying to promote my latest book, I have come to appreciate the power of social media to promote positive messages of emotional wellness. As a graduate student back in the 70s, I never could have envisioned that mental health could be promoted in such an extraordinary way to reach people in every corner of the globe! In this age of increasing use of social media, Hayley’s post was just the impetus I needed to outline some ethical ways to promote mental health and wellness using social media.
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  • Pam Ebert

    Counseling and the Natural Gas/Shale Industry

    • Pam Ebert
    Aug 13, 2012
    Hey all! Glad to be back for another week and another chance to share information about life in Appalachia. What’s going on? The biggest thing happening right now in northern Appalachian is the advent of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shales. Drilling and exploration in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia has changed many lives and communities due to increased traffic, noise pollution, impact on rural lifestyles and alteration of the land we so love.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator in Kenya--Palliative Counseling: #3

    • Brooke Collison
    Aug 13, 2012
    An interesting email came from Kenya last week--a request to teach a short course on palliative counseling. The topic is interesting to me, I have some experience in that area, and I was pleased to think about a course which would have personal meaning for me as well as have critical importance for future (or current) practitioners. The only hitch--the five-day short course would begin just two days (or less) after stepping off the plane! I said, "Yes."
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  • Nicole Michaud

    Being grateful for the pain

    • Nicole Michaud
    Aug 13, 2012
    I have been reflecting in the past number of weeks on how blessed I feel in my life. There are many things I am still working hard to achieve, but I feel so happy for what I have accomplished so far. Sure, there are days when I feel tired and defeated and oh so sorry for myself. However, I am really working to pull my focus back to all I have that is wonderful.
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