ACA Blog

  • Nicole Michaud

    Time to say goodbye

    • Nicole Michaud
    Jun 19, 2012
    With the completion of my Internship came many mixed emotions. There is of course the extreme relief to reclaim a little of my time and energy back in my personal life. I would be lying if I said that I will miss the 2am dates with an assignment after the babies are dreaming. However, there are parts that are difficult to let go of. The clients I have worked with all these months are now no longer going to be a part of my weekly life.
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  • Self-Love as Relapse Prevention

    Jun 19, 2012
    [caption id="attachment_4859" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Jennifer Bingaman"][/caption] About 90 days ago, I had a client who was barely of age sit in front of me and tell me intimate details about how he fell into opiate addiction. It started as most drug addictions do – with the gateway drugs – but it also started with another common theme we rarely talk about as a motivator for addiction; self-love.
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  • Julie North

    I LOVE MY DOG MORE THAN I LOVE MY CHILD???

    • Julie North
    Jun 14, 2012
    Not really, but sometimes-maybe? I don’t have to discipline my dog daily, I don’t have to do homework with my dog and I don’t have to teach my dog life lessons. Parenting is exhausting. Not really news to anyone but at the end of a day with a ten year old girl I am beat. But with my dog-Maximus (Max) I’m nowhere near worn out.
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  • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully

    Nurturing connections, fostering relationships

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Jun 14, 2012
    I recently resumed the role as the Connecticut Counseling Association's Executive Director after a brief break from service. I made the decision to resign nearly a year ago and finished my term in December, 2011. In many ways, I sensed a need for a break from the responsibility and time for internal reflection and recommitment to my spiritual practices. I have found that when I am able to feelclear on the inside of the issues that are getting in my way of feeling grounded and centered, clarity often follows. The gift of the professional clarity that came during this break has reenergized me andreignited my passion to serve the counseling profession.
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  • Andrea Holyfield

    Why Vision Boards Work

    • Andrea Holyfield
    Jun 13, 2012
    Since 2009 I have incorporated vision boards into my therapeutic work with adults. I have found the process of creating and analyzing a vision board to be extremely beneficial in helping a client overcome obstacles to success. I know some people view vision boards as some sort of mystical, magical process, but the reason why they work is not exactly magic.
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  • Jessica Ha

    The “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way” Mentality

    • Jessica Ha
    Jun 12, 2012
    At an early age, we take bits and pieces from movies, television, and our immediate surroundings to start forming our “ideal future world”. When we’re young, life’s not too complicated. We know what we like, we know what we don’t like and that’s that. We don’t factor in the “what if’s”, pay attention to any of those silly things called “details”, or assume major obstacles will block us from our success. Becoming a professional princess is still in the realm of possibilities.
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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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