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  • Rhonda Bryant

    Having Our Say

    • Rhonda Bryant
    Feb 25, 2016
    Recently, I visited with a friend whose neighborhood has become more urban and densely populated than when she began living there decades ago. Sitting in her living room, we talked about our children, careers, and other things we have in common. Toward the end of our talk, my friend noted that she found the stillness of her neighborhood comforting because it offered an escape from the “busyness” of the city.
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  • RobertJackman

    OUCH

    • Robert Jackman
    Feb 22, 2016
    I have been working with a Mom who has a seven year old daughter who has been mean to her recently. The daughter would say mean things to her Mom like “I hate you”, or , “I wish you were not here”. The Mom has been trying to get her daughter to understand that those words are hurtful and each time the daughter says them, the Mom corrects the daughter, but the behavior continues. Maybe it’s a phase or the daughter testing limits, but the Mom was really frustrated with her daughter’s behavior.
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  • RobertJackman

    Dealing with the Manipulators in our lives

    • Robert Jackman
    Feb 19, 2016
    I recently presented to a community support group for people who are in a relationship or have a family member who is a manipulator. The manipulator in this case is someone who may have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, a narcissist, or someone who has Bipolar Disorder for example. The diagnosis is not as important as much as how a person feels when they know they are being manipulated.
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    CORE-CACREP merger: A Perspective from a Duel Accredited Professional

    • Monica Band
    Feb 17, 2016
    I’ll warn you in advance…there is a lot of “alphabet soup” used in this post… I graduated with my Master’s degree from a CORE-accredited Rehabilitation Counseling program. The graduate school I attended also has a CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program.
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  • Why I may leave health care

    • Doc Warren
    Feb 17, 2016
    Sometimes you just get tired. Tired of mountains of paperwork, tired of insurance reviews if you “go outside of the normal expected range” by offering more than one session per week when a client really needs it. Tired of greedy insurance companies dictating care; you can’t do 60 minute sessions more than 15% of the time or face audits, reviews, nasty letters and other legal bullying.
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  • Rhonda Bryant

    Mind-Set and Heart-Set

    • Rhonda Bryant
    Feb 08, 2016
    Since its inception, the counseling profession has positioned itself on the front-lines of social change and the amelioration of social disparities. For example, from Frank Parsons’ brave Boston Vocational Bureau movement to Carl Rogers’ groundbreaking peace and reconciliation work in apartheid era South Africa, counselors have demonstrated the grit, skill, and determination necessary to bring unification, valuing of differences, and resolution of conflict at micro, meso, and macro societal levels. Our profession’s core values of care, compassion, and empathy have and continue to serve society well during difficult times.
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  • rachelcollins

    Slipping Through the Cracks

    • Rachel Collins
    Jan 20, 2016
    As a practicing professional counselor working with children and adolescents, it has become evident that there are many children who slip through the cracks of the educational system.
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  • Elena Yee

    Systemic Self-Care: Is it possible?

    • Elena Yee
    Jan 19, 2016
    Last semester I took my third practicum class, which afforded me the opportunity to delve more deeply into my counselor identity, to learn from my classmates and to apply what I have learned in the past year and summer when meeting with clients. I found that my interaction from my classmates, many of which who had been in the profession for some time, rewarding, challenging and encouraging.
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  • rachelcollins

    Continued Research on Self-Injury

    • Rachel Collins
    Jan 05, 2016
    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual fifth edition was released; however non-suicidal self-injury disorder remains in the research category. Looking through the research on this topic, there is a variety of views about treatment and classification not to mention even the name of the behavior has many different forms from self-injury to self-mutilation.
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  • Elena Yee

    Vive La France

    • Elena Yee
    Nov 16, 2015
    Last week I was reading on the ACA Open Forum about the annual conference being held in Montreal, Canada. It was interesting for me to read how some members felt that ACA is an “American” organization that should hold its conference in the United States. I wonder how some would respond if the conference was in Puerto Rico or Guam forgetting that the U.S. includes territories
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