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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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  • Haylee Wilson

    How does the media portray the counseling profession?

    • Haylee Wilson
    Aug 13, 2012
    When I was younger, I often found my career aspirations in movies and television. After watching the television show ER, I wanted to become an emergency room doctor. Similarly, watching the movie Dr. Dolittle inspired me to go to veterinary school. In high school I even toyed with the idea of becoming an actress, proclaiming that as an actress, I could be anything I wanted to be. Thankfully, my drama teacher pointed out there was a reason I had no speaking parts for four straight years.
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  • Doc Warren

    Based on the current social and political climate, we may need to redefine normal.

    • Doc Warren
    Aug 12, 2012
    I am not one that ever wanted to be classified as a psychometrician though I did study school psychology and have done my share of testing. It’s funny though that in so many of the psychometric protocols they use the term “normative range” to define behavior that was normal, abhorrent, adjusted, maladjusted, average etc. I remember those days and just had a thought. In light of today’s social and political climate, the back stabbing, back biting, viciousness, endless lies and innuendo compounded by years of “reality” tv shows and the glorification of people who you would never want to live in your neighborhood (planet?) that perhaps we need to take another look at these instruments to make sure that they in fact reflect society standards. I imagined a few scenarios and wanted to share one of them.
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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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