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  • JoanneThomas

    Prevention from Burnout

    • Joanne Thomas
    Jun 21, 2016
    With all of the enthusiasm and excitement of your new professional position, you may inadvertently put too much into that and a lot less into yourself. Always remember self-care… What does that mean to you?
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  • Amy_Rosechandler

    KEEPING UP HOPE

    • Amy Rosechandler
    Jun 15, 2016
    A common question I hear from clients is “how do you listen to (depression, problems, trauma) all day?” “I could never do your job, how do you not give up hope?” I usually have two answers. First, it is challenging hearing many sorrows and hardships. Some days the best I can do is snuggle with my dog and find comfort in knowing my job is to help and heal.
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  • SummerJeirles

    Cultivating friendships

    • Summer Jeirles
    Jun 13, 2016
    So last week my blog was about finding balance in reference to going outside…having those spiritual moments with nature, and enjoying that nature connection with family. This week, I am reminded by hanging out with my closest group of female friends, the importance of maintaining long term friendships outside of family.
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  • Amy_Rosechandler

    THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW: Tips to Empower Clients in Meetings about Medication

    • Amy Rosechandler
    Jun 07, 2016
    Counselors advocate for clients, help them access resources and support their wellness. Collaboration with psychiatrists and other medication providers is one of our roles. Establishing a positive working relationship with a psychiatric medication provider can feel like striking gold. There just aren’t enough providers and many are very busy.
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  • SummerJeirles

    Reconnecting with nature

    • Summer Jeirles
    Jun 07, 2016
    One of the most difficult things for me to practice outside of my work environment; is remembering to be present/mindful. Actually, it’s not the remembering part, it’s the being part. For whatever odd reason (and good thing), I have no trouble being present with clients. It’s outside of work that I’m talking about.
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  • HannaRodBlog

    5 Processes to Improve Social Wellness

    • Hanna Rodriguez
    Jun 07, 2016
    In our busy society, we don't always reach out to our social support networks to share the highs and lows of life. Some of us deal with stress by tuning out of life; watching hours of television, scrolling the endless pages of social media, or binging on high-carb junk foods like potato chips or ice cream. We find comfort in foods and in the mind-numbing effect of the television. Sometimes, we end up so frustrated and stressed out that we "take it out" on the people we love the most.
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  • nicolemichaud

    At Last

    • Nicole Michaud
    Jun 07, 2016
    I have some really exciting news to share! After months of preparation, I am about to embark on a dream come true. I have just opened my very own private practice. I have to admit that this still seems partially unreal to me. The journey to this day has been one that has consumed much of the last few years of my life.
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  • Amy_Rosechandler

    DOCUMENTATION TO HONOR MY CLIENTS

    • Amy Rosechandler
    Jun 03, 2016
    I’m working on notes I didn’t write last week. Sound familiar? I get caught up in tug of war with my notes. Some days, I win! I'm writing my notes carefree in the 10 minutes between one client and the next. Other days, I can hardly construct a sentence and the tasks pile up. I struggle with finding the words to sum up progress and make meaning of sessions. I strive to highlight the strengths and uniqueness of each client and my brain gets tired.
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  • A Warning for Your Counseling Practice: Be Different or Die!

    • Anthony Centore
    Jun 03, 2016
    Some companies, through advertising alone, convince us to buy their brand of product over a competitor’s. It’s why consumers choose Advil® instead a generic painkiller. It’s why we grab a box with Tony the Tiger® instead of a bag of ‘Sugary Flakes.’ It’s why we feel safer buying Scott® grass seed when we could buy seed with a less familiar name. We’re so influenced by branding that we’ll pay a premium for these items even when the generics are the exact same product.
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  • nicolemichaud

    If at first you don't succeed...

    • Nicole Michaud
    May 31, 2016
    Taking the NCMHE exam was one of the most challenging experiences of my career path. It took me years to feel I was ready to take the exam, then endless hours of studying and research to prepare. Final the day came to sit for the exam. From the very start of the experience it all felt a bit stressful. I was asked to hang my jacket in another room and had to relinquish all my belongings to a bag on the back of my seat. The last step was having to photograph myself on the web cam that would be recording me throughout the exam.
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