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Dear Colleagues, I hope you are well. I am seeking participants for a qualitative study, exploring male counselors’ experiences of vulnerability, specific to their work with clients. Criteria for participation: - Must identify as male. - Over the age of 18. - Hold a Master’s or Doctoral degree in counseling, from a CACREP-accredited counseling program. - Primary professional identity as a counselor, counselor educator or counselor supervisor. - Access to Skype, a free application that can be downloaded at www.skype.com. Participants will be asked to participate in three 1-hour qualitative interviews via Skype or...
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Hello all! Next month I am going to facilitate a support group for women struggling with infertility, and the group is currently open to new members. Infertility as a medical diagnosis is on the rise and it has deep implications for women's self-esteem and mental health. I am passionate about helping women who struggle with this, and I look forward to starting this group in November. I accept Highmark and Cigna, or a client can self-pay for $60 per session. I would very much appreciate any referrals for your clients in the Pittsburgh area, I have a lot of experience doing group work and I think it will be a great experience for all the women involved....
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Pregnancy news can be the best ever for couples walking out the journey of infertility or pregnancy loss so this can be a sensitive topic for many. However, the reality is that unplanned pregnancy news can be devastating to couples who have their family established with two, three or even four children. What happens to couples who simply are not prepared for such a radical change as a “new baby” coming on the scene? Couples can undergo an intense emotional time as they struggle with important decisions for their family’s future. I’m realizing more and more spouses can come from two different positions when processing through their family...
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Fellow mental health professionals and counseling students, My name is Alexandra Varela and I am a doctoral student in Duquesne University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. My classmate, Monica Pattillo, and I are currently working on a research study. The purpose of the study is to explore counselor’s perceptions before and after working with clients who are faced with substance use, abuse and dependency. After informed consent is received participants will be asked to complete the Addictions Perceptions Survey, which can be found below. We respect and appreciate your time and therefore the survey should...
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Many women are faced with unplanned pregnancy news post-break-up with they partners. This situation can be incredibly stressful because there are two layers of grief that must be dealt with. I was reminded of this "which is first, the chicken or the egg" counseling scenario recently while working with a college-aged client. She was barely able to function when we met. A tornado of destructive emotions were swirling around, so much so her psychiatrist had her on a pretty high dosage of meds. The initial intake was concerning the sadness she was feeling post the abortion. This overwhelming grief threw her off-guard. She had no idea she would be blind-sided...
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