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  • Doc Warren

    The ACA conference “debacle-“one humble opinion

    • Doc Warren
    Aug 09, 2012
    By now you have either experienced (as I have) or have heard about the “debacle” that was the release of the acceptance and rejection letters for the ACA conference next year. If you haven’t here it is in a nutshell: there was a mistake where 700 or so acceptance letters were sent out for proposals that for whatever reason were not really accepted to present at the conference next year. As one of those who received the letter and the resultant elation followed by the “crush of defeat” in learning that they were not actually accepted, I can tell you that in layman’s terms, it sucked; it sucked big time but let’s put things in perspective here. Nothing was taken away except the excitement that we had from thinking we had been accepted. We had not been accepted in the first place, so there was no real demotion or anything personally against us. It was simply a mistake.
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  • Hope Yancey

    Appropriate Dress

    • Hope Yancey
    Aug 08, 2012
    Appropriateness is an underrated quality these days. Be it speech, manner or dress, it is important to be appropriate to the occasion. But it’s the latter of these – appropriate dress – that I want to sew up now.
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  • Pam Ebert

    What do rabbits, canoes and marshmallows have to do with counseling?

    • Pam Ebert
    Aug 07, 2012
    My soul has been fed! I feel at ease, happy and in tune with my culture and my family. Why, you ask? How did I accomplish such a thing, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. First, the Columbiana County Fair was last week. Second, the family and I went on a wonderful mini-getaway to Clewell’s Landing, which is at Guilford Lake State Park. This is a long story to prove a short point, so bear with me, readers. There is a moral at the end of this self-indulgent tale!
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  • Kimberly Beck

    Success! That’s why I do what I do !!

    • Kimberly Beck
    Aug 07, 2012
    With permission from my client I am able to write this success. However names have been changed. Missy was a 13 year old girl with Reactive Attachment disorder, brought in by her aunt who she called mom. Her bio mom was a drug addict but did stay in contact with Missy. Even though Missy hated her. She still wondered what it would be like to live with her.
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  • Brooke Collison

    A Counselor Educator In Kenya—Blog Entry #2—Teaching Style

    • Brooke Collison
    Aug 07, 2012
    In sixteen days my wife and I will board the first of three planes for a very long trip to Nairobi, Kenya. We will meet the chair of the Counseling Department at the airport and hope to find a good night’s rest before making the four-hour drive to Kenya Methodist University the following day. I don’t anticipate being in good thinking shape after 25 hours of flight from Portland, Oregon to Newark, to Zurich, to Nairobi, so I’m trying to have a good framework in mind for one of the courses I will teach—Human Growth and Development.
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  • Natosha Monroe

    Reports of Military Suicides on the Rise: Will Licensed Counselors Be Allowed to Help Now?

    • Natosha Monroe
    Aug 06, 2012
    After over a decade as an Army Behavioral Health Specialist, BH-related experiences on 2 overseas deployments, from reports I was privy to while working in my active duty position in Washington, D.C., and from countless stories from military friends, co-workers, and clients, I have personally noted that interpersonal relationships were/are the most common theme amongst Troops contemplating or attempting suicide. This is something not “treated” with a diagnosis and a pill but that’s what our Troops typically get. Finally a U.S. publication has printed the truth: Our Troops need therapeutic counseling to address their most serious mental health needs. See the article link below.
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  • Susan Jennifer Polese

    ¡Hola, Amigo! ¿Usted tiene una taza? Sí, yo tengo una taza. ¿You have the cup? Yes, I have the cup.

    • Susan Jennifer Polese
    Aug 06, 2012
    You may have guessed by those rudimentary (and overly formal) first sentences that I am learning Spanish with the Rosetta Stone software program. It is probably painfully obvious that I am presently on Level One, Unit One. Oh yes, it’s basic as basic can be. But we all need to start somewhere, no? (That last word, by the way, is the same in English and Spanish. I find that comforting, somehow).
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  • Marianela Medrano-Marra

    The Current Era of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Upheaval and the Pleasure of Practice

    • Marianela Medrano-Marra
    Aug 06, 2012
    After a few sessions, a client I’ll call “Paul” looks at me with tears in his eyes and says, “I wish I had known this years before. I can help myself if I learn to watch my mind—it’s so simple that it’s almost silly, but what a difference it makes for me.”
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  • Haylee Wilson

    Facebook and Counselors

    • Haylee Wilson
    Aug 06, 2012
    I will be the first one to admit that I am an avid Facebook user. Not a day goes by where I don’t log in and check status updates or photo uploads, or simply flit from page to page, like an overeager butterfly. While most of my friends say they don’t use Facebook nearly as much as I do, their hourly comments tell another story. And I should know, I’m commenting too.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    When Bad Things Happen: Aurora, Penn State

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Aug 06, 2012
    When tragedy strikes we often look for answers to make sense of it. The newspapers have been filled with 'why' in response to the Aurora, CO shootings and the Penn State sexual abuse scandals. As counselors, we recognize this as the initial state of grief and despair fueled by painful shock and disbelief. In situations like these, the media often turns to the mental health field for insight into unspeakable acts. As a trauma specialist, I understand the long-term impact of the tragic acts that occurred at Penn State, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and now Aurora. I cannot profess to understand the perpetuator’s acts, nor in my opinion, can any other mental health professional. We can speculate that perhaps a psychotic break occurred in the psyche of the shooter, or childhood abuses in the case of the Penn State perpetuator were factors. It is however speculation which is risky at best. A mentor of mine commented to me shortly following the Columbine shootings, 'no one wants to lose control'. This universal truth resonates with me but does little to explain the unexplainable.
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