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  • Elena Yee

    Racial Battle Fatigue

    • Elena Yee
    Feb 18, 2015
    In the summer of 2013 I traveled to New Orleans to participate in the annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). It’s a conference that I often attended when I was working in college student affairs for diversity and social justice.
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  • Elena Yee

    A Pagan in the House

    • Elena Yee
    Feb 12, 2015
    When it comes to religion and spirituality, counselors seem to get a bit apprehensive about addressing its utility when working with clients. Whether it’s a client who wants to talk about the role of prayer in his or her treatment plan or a counselor who is a person of faith and wants to frame a presenting problem through that lens, it seems as though we’d prefer to put it on the backburner and pretend it doesn’t matter or at least that it doesn’t or shouldn’t matter all that much.
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    Culture and Career

    • Monica Band
    Feb 09, 2015
    Familial influences often impacts career decision making. Should a counselor take a systems approach to career counseling, one should explore the intersectionality of multicultural diversity and family influence. There is undoubtedly an increasing shift in population of the United States which includes multiracial, multiethnic, and multiple language groups.
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  • Elena Yee

    A Generation Gap

    • Elena Yee
    Feb 05, 2015
    Diversity comes in many forms and though I have been focused on race, there other aspects of diversity that are just as salient to me. One has been my age and returning to graduate school at 51 years old. This was apparent to me in small ways one of which was in my ethics class and learning about the abuse of the elderly.
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  • Adina Silvestri

    Sex Addiction and the Church: What you need to know-part deux

    • Adina Silvestri
    Feb 02, 2015
    Human sexuality is one of the most fascinating part of being human. I say this with a grin, because throughout my high school career, the closest I ever came to a sex-ed class was a classroom study in romance led by a priest.
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  • Elena Yee

    The Only One Part II

    • Elena Yee
    Jan 29, 2015
    Being the only person of color in a classroom is nothing new to me. This was the case when I was studying as an undergrad to be an engineer back in the 1980s and when I went to graduate school for a degree in intercultural studies in the late 1990s. In the workplace I was typically the lone person of color whether on the manufacturing floor, in a meeting discussing student support services or teaching English overseas.
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  • Elena Yee

    The Only One

    • Elena Yee
    Jan 22, 2015
    Having worked as a director for diversity efforts in higher education, I knew that choosing a graduate program in clinical mental health counseling was contingent on its commitment to cultural competence (i.e. privilege, power, bias and discrimination) and diversity in the coursework, training and faculty. For my studies, I want to focus on race, sexual orientation and the intersection of identities that often marginalize people in US American society.
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    Who Am I? A Counselor?

    • Monica Band
    Jan 22, 2015
    How do you develop a professional identity as a counselor? Is reaching the pinnacle impossible or is one able to firm grasp the concept after following a formula of internships, supervision, and degrees?
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  • In Memoriam

    • Lee Kehoe
    Jan 21, 2015
    Memory is a pervasive theme in each of our lives. Memory is not necessary to remain alive, but it is necessary to know you have lived. Memory is also a salient theme when working with older adults. I work with individuals who have memory issues, some long term, some short term. I work with individuals who are holding on to their lived life through memories as they work to cope with loss of homes and functional declines
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  • Elena Yee

    Capturing the Moment

    • Elena Yee
    Jan 20, 2015
    Have you ever thought about those moments that seem, well, momentous? In that there was something in that moment to be acted upon yet too often that moment dissipates like vapor. Then there are those moments that truly have shifted everything for you like sand or sea. The word that captures it best for me is “kairos.”
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