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  • ShannonGonter

    7 Business Models for Private Practice

    • Shannon Gonter
    Feb 9, 2021
    In school, we are taught that there are a few different places we can work as mental health and wellness professionals: community agencies, hospitals, and private practice. While in school, we don’t understand the full inner workings of all these settings; after we graduate, we don’t always figure out much more. We graduate, get a job and the bulk of us forget that we have other options out there.
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    Developing a Counselor Professional Identity

    • Graduate Student Committee
    Dec 21, 2020
    As a Counselor Educator, I encounter many of my master’s level students struggling with understanding the importance of professional identity within our field. Students often do not understand why counseling professional identity is emphasized in introductory courses. But with some guidance, I hope that you can begin to understand the importance of a counseling professional identity.
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    Countering Secondary Traumatic Stress with Beauty

    • Kaci Miller
    Dec 11, 2020
    The first time I unexpectedly saw dolphins playing wildly in the sea, I cried. I am no stranger to slowing down and appreciating “the little things,” though I have never considered it a professional skill until recently.
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  • Rosjke Hasseldine

    Are Mothers Free to Go “Away?”

    • Rosjke Hasseldine
    Dec 10, 2020
    I’ve been watching Away, a new Netflix series starring Hilary Swank as Commander Emma Green who leaves her teenage daughter and husband for a three-year mission to Mars. The series highlights many themes, but the one I’d like to explore is: Are mothers as free as fathers to prioritize their career goals?
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  • Dr.Stacee

    Counselors, We’ve Been Through It This Year

    • Stacee Reicherzer
    Dec 9, 2020
    I see you good folks working in crisis centers, hospitals, and mental health clinics, serving those who suffer most acutely the stress of isolation.
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  • JanGay

    Preparing for Doctoral Qualifying Exams

    • Graduate Student Committee
    Dec 8, 2020
    Passing qualifying exams or comprehensive exams is a significant step in a student’s doctoral experience and often is a requirement for candidacy. The pressures of balancing the duties and responsibilities during a Ph.D. program can be overwhelming at times. Navigating a Ph.D. program during a national pandemic is an even more tasking process.
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    Unconditional Positive Regard During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Kaci Miller
    Dec 1, 2020
    Although the virus is more of a public health crisis than a political one, Americans have found a way to use its rampage to deepen the chasm that has already been widening for several years between the left and right. As counselors and future counselors, though, I believe we have a social responsibility to use our perspectives to bridge the divide, whether in our circles or on public platforms.
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  • ShannonGonter

    For Clients: What Are the Benefits and Risks of Counseling?

    • Shannon Gonter
    Nov 17, 2020
    Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the development of a confidential, unique, therapeutic, helping relationship. This relationship is unlike any other as mental health therapists act as facilitators to help clients better understand themselves, the world around them, their feelings, and their behaviors.
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  • Rosjke Hasseldine

    How Marital Conflict Causes Mother-Daughter Conflict

    • Rosjke Hasseldine
    Nov 17, 2020
    We all know that conflict between a husband and wife affects the entire family, and that children of all ages are deeply impacted when their parents fight. What isn’t widely known is how parental conflict can cause conflict between a mother and daughter.
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  • Dr. Hatchuel

    Tips for Navigating the Practicum and Internship Application Process

    • Graduate Student Committee
    Oct 16, 2020
    The Practicum and Internship experience is one of the most significant milestones in a counseling student’s graduate school experience. This is the point of your program where the “rubber meets the road” and you will begin practicing all of the knowledge and skills you have been learning.
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