Graduate Student Committee

Graduate Student and New Professional Blogs
We are all taking 12-15 credit hours per semester, participating in research opportunities, managing work schedules, maintaining a social/family life, or we just transitioned into our New Professional role and have no idea what we are doing! ACA’s Graduate Student and New Professional Blog offers real life vignettes of life, academics, and how to keep yourself afloat despite your crazy schedule. Any suggestions for what you would like to hear more about, please email the Graduate Student Committee.

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  • Survival Guide for the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Aug 11, 2020
    Just a few months ago, none of us imagined having our lives turned upside down. Our classes went remote, counseling sessions virtual, and with social distancing in effect, meeting people was simply out of the question.
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  • We Stand in Solidarity

    Jun 11, 2020
    We must continue to advocate and speak out against racism. The committee recognizes the daily racial trauma experienced by the Black and African American communities and our duty to express our alliance with its members. As a committee and as individuals, we are taking supportive action in the movement for racial justice. We are listening.
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  • Experiencing Microaggressions in Academia

    Jan 22, 2020
    Racial microaggressions are defined as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color” (Sue et al., 2007, p. 271).
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  • Integrating Mindfulness into Counseling: Foundational Information for Counselors-in-Training

    Dec 02, 2019
    A seminal definition of mindfulness offered by Jon Kabat Zinn is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”
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  • Real Air and Pickles: Collected Ideas for Graduate Student Wellness

    Oct 22, 2019
    Undoubtedly, we’ve all experienced the pitfalls of sacrificing wellness for academic deadlines, work completion goals, and advocacy and service initiatives during our time as graduate students. Although it is common for developing counselors and counselor educators to insist upon the value in self-care for our clients, and perhaps even for our colleagues, we simultaneously find it hard to do wellness practices for ourselves in lieu of the very real demands of graduate school.
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