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  • Counseling milestones in convergence

    • Doc Warren
    Sep 05, 2014
    He couldn’t believe he was standing there in the lecture hall. It was Saturday in a big city out of state and early morning. Normally he’d be in bed or headed to the farm but today he was standing in a strange room, in a strange college in a big city starting the first of two lectures that day: a 2 ½ hour lecture on mandated reporting followed by a 3 hour lecture on building a clinical relationship with clients.
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  • ASEXUALITY

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Aug 26, 2014
    Yesterday, I watched a documentary about asexuality ("(A)sexual," 2011). As I am committed to furthering my knowledge in LGBTQIA and other areas, I feel the need for more education about asexuality and its place in our society.
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  • I Love Mindfulness

    • Heather Shannon
    Aug 22, 2014
    I wanted to reach out and share a little bit with you all about mindfulness. It's a topic that has become increasingly near and dear to my heart. As I see my career moving forward, I see myself moving more towards incorporating mindfulness and instructing people in this valuable tool. Sometimes I call it a tool because we’re all comfortable with that sort of cognitive-behavioral language.
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  • The birth of Pillwillop

    • Doc Warren
    Aug 21, 2014
    Back before automobiles, before the telephone and before modern roads there was a time when the best way to get from one place to another was to either make the trek by foot or horseback or if you were financially able, to hire the services of a stage coach. Stage routes sprung up all over the growing country. One route traveled up what was to become Katering (now Catering) Road in Wolcott Connecticut. Katering trail met up with what was to become Center Street where a Tavern/ Stage Stop stood (and the building still stands though now as a private residence).
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  • SUICIDE AMONG LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Aug 20, 2014
    This week I would like to speak concretely about suicide rates in the U.S., particularly among LGBTQ individuals. I'm not a numbers person, but sometimes it helps me to see numbers in order to more comprehensively grasp an issue at hand. Here are the numbers for suicide that I collected from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Trevor Project, and American Association of Suicidology; the latest data is available for the year 2011):
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  • It’s not about being the best, it’s doing your best that really matters.

    • Doc Warren
    Aug 11, 2014
    I was talking with someone recently who talked about his unending desire to be the best at what he does, far better than anyone else in his field. He spoke of the power it would give him, of the fame, the riches and all the other accolades that come with it. He advised that “that is what got us where we are today…” I simply replied “that’s the problem.”
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  • DYNAMICS WITHIN THE LGBTQIA COMMUNITY

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Aug 07, 2014
    When I entered the LGBTQ community, I naïvely thought that it might be a relatively united front, as the members share the collective pain of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination and oppression. I wanted to explore the type of world it was and how members dealt with their experiences.
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  • ARE YOU AN ALLY?

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Jul 30, 2014
    Recently, I have been thinking about what it means to be an Ally. My contemplation has been prompted by others' misunderstanding of this notion, which lies in believing that if one supports gay rights or accepts trans people or generally approves of LGBTQIA individuals in our heteronormative and cisnormative society, then one can be considered an Ally. Although one can wish it were the case, support and acceptance are only the first steps. The gist of being an Ally is action.
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  • STANDARDS OF CARE FOR THE HEALTH OF TRANSSEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND GENDER-NONCONFORMING PEOPLE, VERSION 7

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Jul 22, 2014
    Standards of Care (SOC) for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health is an important complication for counselors, who work with transsexual, transgender, and/or gender-nonconforming clients. Although many counselors do not specialize in trans* issues, all counselors must be aware of the document and its contents in order to advise the clients and make appropriate referrals.
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  • OUTING OTHERS

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Jul 08, 2014
    The topic of outing others (i.e., sexual orientation, gender identity, or even an HIV status) is quite subtle. So far, I have not seen it being discussed anywhere in literature or academic settings, but I have witnessed such discussions in my personal life. I find it important to raise the subject, because we are not taught or trained to be aware in this area and, often, we learn through mistakes. But, perhaps, we can avoid some of them in the future.
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