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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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  • 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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