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  • Doc Warren

    Avec un mélange

    • Doc Warren
    Jun 12, 2012
    Blowing out the candles on her 40th birthday cake, the glow and flicker sending her back to a time when she was blowing out the candles on her going away cake. She had just finished High School as an honors student and was headed off to college; she was ready to conquer the world. In college she excelled in academics, she seemed to have a knack for all things art and a gifted mind that could do just about anything, but math, she hated math…
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  • Nicole Michaud

    The open road is infinitely hopeful

    • Nicole Michaud
    Jun 12, 2012
    It is an amazing position to be at the end of an immensely important chapter of my life while simultaneously beginning a brilliant new phase. I still can’t quite believe that this week will be my final week as a Masters level intern.
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  • John Sommers-Flanagan

    Ambivalently Thinking about Resistance (or Reluctance) in Counseling

    • John Sommers-Flanagan
    Jun 11, 2012
    Lately I’ve come to the point where I’m not completely comfortable using the word “resistant” when referring to clients. Given my psychoanalytic training roots, that’s a considerable shift. This shift has inspired me to reflect a bit on the phenomenon that we used to so blithely refer to as resistance.
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  • Ryan Thomas Neace

    3 Reasons You Keep Getting Turned Down for Counseling Internships.

    • Ryan Thomas Neace
    Jun 11, 2012
    In my work with counselors-in-training, I see common mistakes in attempts to land internships. At my practice, I regularly receive undergraduate and graduate internship applications from 5 institutions within a 3-4 hour radius, and handful of applications from across the US. Also, I’m fortunate enough to be privy to the shared experiences of students in my care. Certainly, not all students (or programs) are created equally, but the kinds of mistakes I see in attempts to secure internships don’t discriminate – State vs. Private, Small vs. Large, Well-known vs. Obscure, etc. No matter from which kind of program counselors-in-training come, they’re mis-stepping to the beat of the same drum. Here are 3 of 10 reasons why you keep getting turned down for counseling internships:
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  • Megan Broadhead

    Ditch the Jog and Go for That Chick-fil-A

    • Megan Broadhead
    Jun 11, 2012
    It was one of those moments to be remembered: you know- an “ah-ha! moment". On a surprisingly warm wintery Saturday morning in Atlanta, I was getting ready to lead an adolescent process group at the eating disorders center where I was interning. My husband left for a jog a few minutes earlier with our dog. After he left, I continued to get ready, made my coffee and breakfast, and was about to head out the door when he came charging back inside after maybe 10 minutes. Huffing and puffing, my good man exclaimed, “Chick-fil-A’s breakfast ends in 14 minutes! I need to make it there and get a chicken biscuit before it’s all over!” He dropped our dog off and “ran” right back out the door before I could express the hilarious irony of the situation with him.
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  • Jaime Castillo

    Multicultural Counseling: Experiences from Saudi Arabia

    • Jaime Castillo
    Jun 07, 2012
    May 11, 2012 11:45pm Location: Somewhere over the Atlantic I'm on my way to Saudi Arabia. We are a couple hours into our 12 hour direct flight from New York to Riyadh and as I boarded the plane a few hours ago I was experiencing excitement, anxiety, and fear. My colleagues and I are the keynote presenters at a conference for clinicians, administrators, and direct care staff who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Over the last two years, our agency has developed a growing number of partnerships with small organizations within Jordan and Saudi Arabia to provide education and training to staff within the ID/DD field.
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  • Ray McKinnis

    Beware! The Behavior We Stroke is the Behavior We Get!

    • Ray McKinnis
    Jun 07, 2012
    We counselors have an almost impossible challenge: we have to facilitate a client into more functional and satisfying behavior patterns within a system that strokes dysfunctional behavior. From the very first, clients come to us (or are sent to us) because they are (or someone else is) dissatisfied with some aspect of their functioning—this very act is a process in which dysfunctional behavior results in lots of attention—lots of strokes. We as counselors are challenged to help them develop other behaviors which are more functional in getting strokes, all the time giving them attention because they have a problem. People don’t come to us because they are happy or successful or satisfied with their relationships or job or life in general—those sources of strokes that make individuals ‘winners’.
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  • Bob Walsh and Norm Dasenbrook

    Private Practice: Taking a Risk

    • Bob Walsh and Norm Dasenbrook
    Jun 06, 2012
    Risk taking…we encourage our clients to consider taking a risk, pushing the envelope, being assertive, to think creatively and sometimes to risk failing. Ever said, “When one door closes another one opens”? Wonderful suggestions, but do we take our own advice? How comfortable are we in trying something new, getting outside our comfort zone or seeing failure as acceptable? Sometimes, not so much.
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  • Megan Broadhead

    At the End of My Comfort Zone

    • Megan Broadhead
    Jun 06, 2012
    Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. This quote is plastered on my refrigerator as a daily reminder of where I’ve been and where I’m going.
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  • Doc Warren

    Seeing your name on an obituary, seeing it on a headstone…

    • Doc Warren
    Jun 05, 2012
    When I was born there were three Warren Corson’s in the same town; my Grampy moved away a few years later leaving two in town and one in Maine. When I was a teen my son was born, making four Warren’s, three of which lived in the same house for about a decade; now there are only two. Grampy died a few years ago, I keep one of the brass bullet cases from his military funeral. My dad passed last September a matter of days before his birthday. He never saw retirement age.
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