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  • There’s A Reason Why We Have Clichés

    Jun 04, 2012
    [caption id="attachment_4859" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Jennifer Bingaman"][/caption] I decided to become a counselor about three years ago. I was in the infancy of a new chapter in my life, that chapter being entitled “Happiness”. I had worked my way out of a deep depression through a year of therapy and I was beginning to see the world aglow. Everything seemed new and I found the landscape of my mind to be one that was constantly evolving and exciting. Being happy was the most thrilling adventure I had embarked on yet in my life.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    Yoga as Therapy: Working the Edge

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    May 31, 2012
    In yoga and in life, the edge is that place within us where we can comfortably breathe while in a posture, situation or in any unpleasant moment. It is the healthy balance between avoidance – backing away at the first sign of discomfort or the forcing, unkind approach where we push through the pain – “grin and bear it”. The edge can be imagined as a threshold – a passage to be entered into and traveled through. We create edges to survive as necessary boundaries between what seems as unbearable pain and when ready, we dissolve them. We can become stuck in avoidance and hold onto fear or whatever is perceived as safe.
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  • Susan Jennifer Polese

    No Soapbox Required

    • Susan Jennifer Polese
    May 31, 2012
    Why have we decided to follow the path to become counselors? We, as counselors-in-training, are often asked this question. At different times I’ve come up with various responses. Another apt question is: what are we going to do with our counseling education and subsequent career? I have realized over the past few months how important social advocacy is to me and that I intend it to be the cornerstone of my counseling pursuits.
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  • A Good Listening To…

    May 30, 2012
    [caption id="attachment_4859" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Jennifer Bingaman"][/caption] I started out at my internship counseling a batch of men who had little experience with detox, rehab, or counseling. At first, that revelation was scary. I was going to be the first counselor they’ve ever had. I would be their first experience with a real attempt at sobriety. It turned from a fear into a feeling of purpose. As my clients’ first counselor, I had the ability to influence how the client sees therapy for themselves now and in the future. I found I really enjoyed treating this population.
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  • Nancy White

    When Paperwork Gets in the Way of Helping!

    • Nancy White
    May 30, 2012
    Don’t we all have those days when we feel overwhelmed by paperwork! Consumers need assistance whether in jail or having just re-entered the community and we are bogged down by paperwork. Sometimes it even feels like nobody cares how well the consumer is functioning; they just care how well we document the records.
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  • Jessica Ha

    My Time

    • Jessica Ha
    May 29, 2012
    Many of us define ourselves by our output. I use the word “output” to encompass a number of things: our ability to give and receive, our ability to hold up our end of the bargain, our ability to make some positive difference, our ability to do our work efficiently. I am in no way trying to dehumanize our efforts but I’d like to bring attention to the correlation between how we perceive the quality of our output and the use of our time.
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  • Hope Yancey

    Happiness: What’s Your Policy?

    • Hope Yancey
    May 24, 2012
    Happiness is a popular topic of debate in recent years: what defines it, how to measure it, whether people are born with a particular set point.
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  • Megan Broadhead

    I’m Afraid I’ll Get Jaded

    • Megan Broadhead
    May 24, 2012
    First, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Megan. I’m a newer counselor and in the beginning stages of building up my practice in the Atlanta area. During my time in graduate school, I was intentional about trying to diversify my experiences while remaining under the protective covering and label of “student”. I have chaplaincy and clinical counseling experience in a hospice, a women’s prison, a crisis center, an adolescent unit at a psych hospital, and an extensive outpatient eating disorder program.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    May 24, 2012
    There is perhaps nothing as frustrating as not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep. I can personally attest to that! Sleep is essential for our bodies to rejuvenate and heal and when disturbed, can lead to many health issues including weight gain, migraines and headaches as well as difficulty concentrating and irritability. It is a problem that affects more than 75 million Americans according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. I see many clients affected by chronic sleep disturbance and in my experience, find it is most often related to anxiety, unmediated stress and poor sleep habits.
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  • Stacee Reicherzer

    The NAACP, LULAC, and Me

    • Stacee Reicherzer
    May 24, 2012
    I do a lot of social consciousness lectures and presentations in my work as a consultant. One of the things I’ve continually stressed is the need to learn from and engage in each other’s civil rights efforts because these are essentially our own. This seems to puzzle many people, so I use examples of some of the more successful civil rights outcomes of the 1960s. Many groups, such as the Black Panther Party, understood that their sociopolitical agenda was in fact part of a larger global effort for all persons of color to actively overcome the racially oppressive and imperialist contexts in which they lived. Even while the settings and players were different, as the BLP and other organizations understood, the system of oppression and the pain of loss it caused were shared by all. The shared value was of dismantling that system.
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