ACA Blog

  • Ray McKinnis

    Multicultural Awareness Could Inhibit Your Effectiveness

    • Ray McKinnis
    Jul 30, 2012
    The more I read and study and think about it, the more convinced I become that studying other cultures, other religions, other ways of thinking and being in the world more often than not compromises my effectiveness as a counselor. I realize that that multicultural awareness is intimately woven into the ACA code of ethics and CACREP requirements and I can get CEU’s for studying such topics. However, since I have never come across anyone else who has questioned this trend, in part I am writing this blog asking for help. What am I missing here?
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  • Nicole Michaud

    Finding the balance between caring and “caring too much”

    • Nicole Michaud
    Jul 25, 2012
    It is a really strange concept for me to think there is such a thing as being too invested or caring too much. In my life there has always been an internal need to give of myself to those around me. This is not to say that it has always been a rosy jaunt through a garden of appreciation. I have often given to people who could not care less or were blatantly ungrateful. There were also those who just came to expect it. This has led me at times to feel saddened, disappointed, angry or just plain foolish.
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  • Andrea Holyfield

    The Reality of Authenticity

    • Andrea Holyfield
    Jul 24, 2012
    So lately I’ve been wrestling with my thoughts on authenticity. It is a concept that is all over the self-help and Positive Psychology arenas (areas that I find myself most comfortable). To me practicing activities that have led to my own personal connection with my authentic self has been a liberating and empowering experience, one that I’ve wanted to incorporate in my work with my clients. This idea of taking off layers and layers of externally imposed masks and becoming aware of our truest thoughts, impulses and desires is something not too far from spiritual to me. Who wouldn’t want to connect with themselves on that level?
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  • Haylee Wilson

    Advice and Alice in Wonderland

    • Haylee Wilson
    Jul 24, 2012
    “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” – Alice in Wonderland. As a counselor-in-training I often find myself applying the lessons learned in my most recent class to my life. I will sit and listen to my friends bemoan their troubles for hours and when all has been said my initial response is usually, “Well, did you talk to him/her about it?” More often than not the answer is a flat, “No.” The excuses for why we can never approach one another and simply communicate our issues are endless but the end result is always the same. Nothing is said, nothing is done, and nothing changes.
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  • Doc Warren

    The symbolism of “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

    • Doc Warren
    Jul 24, 2012
    Most religions have a rendition of “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” to discuss the cycle of life; how we physically came to be and where we go physically when we are done on this great planet of ours. Dust, not much really yet so symbolic; dust is everywhere, it is in everything. We breathe it, we clean it, and we build with it. It really is appropriate that we start and end as it.
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  • Natosha Monroe

    Those Pesky-Yet-Powerful “Shoulds”

    • Natosha Monroe
    Jul 20, 2012
    How much time is spent being distracted, annoyed, angry, frustrated, or hurt by one’s own personal “shoulds?” Interpersonal strife and personal unhappiness often revolve around conflicting shoulds held sacred by different people. Such as the resentful wife whose husband should, according to her, be more romantic. Or the lonely man reeling from pain of a mother who should have shielded him from the abusive father who should have been kind and loving. What about the disgruntled employee who feels he should have received a promotion? And just consider the world-wide conflicts over differing political and religious shoulds. Are shoulds causing you or your clients discomfort?
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  • Nancy White

    When the Legal Client Becomes the Victim – I am Seeking Answers

    • Nancy White
    Jul 20, 2012
    I live in the Midwest (Missouri) and have been enduring over 100 degree weather now for too many days. Not only am I unmotivated, but all my outdoor plants have died. My yard has a few weeds and my grass lies dormant. Snow has never sounded so good. In the middle of this horribly hot summer I have had an experience that I will never forget. A mentally ill client, with legal problems herself, has become a victim of a horrendous crime. She opened the front door to her apartment in the middle of the night and was brutally beaten and raped.
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  • Pam Ebert

    Appalachian Culture and Counseling

    • Pam Ebert
    Jul 20, 2012
    Hi all! My name is Pam Ebert and I am a new blogger on the ACA web site. This all came about because I was kind of irritated about the lack of scholarly attention directed at Appalachian peoples, and my professor suggested that I try nontraditional methods of getting heard. His exact words were something like “a nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse,” which I love and will probably put on my tombstone.  Thank you Dr. J.!
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  • Barbara Jordan

    A Complicated Life

    • Barbara Jordan
    Jul 20, 2012
    Because life is complicated, your mind's job is to filter out all information that’s considered irrelevant to the task at hand. Your conscious mind represses, suppresses, ignores, or forgets any irrelevant data. It protects us from change, the unfamiliar, or anything that threatens status quo. For example, some of my clients step back from coaching because they get too close to something that may take them out of their comfort zone. Change is scary. As you know, change and continuous improvement is crucial for us because nothing stays the same. If you avoid change, you will not be successful. You are either green and growing or dead and dying. And, it is impossible to improve unless we change.
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  • Megan Broadhead

    How This Recent Graduate Gained Confidence in the Counseling Room

    • Megan Broadhead
    Jul 17, 2012
    Not too long ago, I received my first counseling paycheck. I couldn’t believe it. It felt pretty surreal to finally get paid for what I’d been doing for free for so long. In a strange way, it was very empowering. Someone was affirming my work by paying me. Many of us do not go into this vocation thinking we will make lots and lots of money. That’s not what this whole experience was about- it was about so much more than the monetary value of the check (which- let’s be honest- wasn’t very much in and of itself!).
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