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WWJD: What would Jesus do…? Damn…! WDJD: What did Jesus do…? I get so angry with the topic of Jesus and God that I would have to say the emotion is just pure hate…! I want to shake my fists and cry havoc that I was ever taught about Jesus and even more so GOD…! Hell… Every day I wish I could wipe the knowledge of Jesus and God from my brain and just say I am an Atheist…! So what did you do when you read what I had just said…? Did your hairs raise with condemnation and wrath…? Did your heart leap with a cause for my salvation…? If you are reading this far, I know that you care… But did you see… Did you hear… Did you feel… Did you know… What I actually...
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Talk to me like a brother…? I have been pondering this statement for many days now… Talk to me like a brother… What does this mean to you…? What does this mean to me…? At DU, Professor Faragher once said that Counseling Psychology is not talking to your neighbor, or your friend, or your family: Counseling Psychology… Is talking to a professional... This statement lead me to an understanding of why I often disagree with the psychology profession. When I sought counseling as a client I highly disliked the psychologist talking to me from a textbook and telling me psychological ideas when it was obvious the psychologist was not living what they were preaching....
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A wise man once said that no matter how long I knock my head on the wall, the wall will never answer… A wise man once said that if I cut my hair short it would save me from pulling it out… A wise man once said that if a wise man screams his head off in a car and nobody else is around, does he make a sound… Mary once asked me if I thought people might see me as arrogant or egotistical… My response was that it would not make sense because what I do is about you (everyone else). I am an odd duck… I do not want people to be me… I want everyone to be unique… Then of course as I so often think too much, I had to ask myself… Do I see the paradox in everyone...
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It is about that time again…, to fork out several hundred dollars to renew my licenses… I took the surveys on the DORA site and admittedly I felt disheartened… What is a Mental Health Counselor…? A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR is: a trained professional who can work with patients on a one-to-one basis: A qualified professional who is licensed to provide counselling either independently or as part of a treatment team: A person trained to give guidance [help or advice (an opinion or suggestion) that tells someone what to do] on personal, social, or psychological problems. A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR is not a TEACHER: to cause or help [someone] to learn...
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I shake my head as I believe we are ignorant and stupid, and thus lost in confusion as to who we are and what the hell we are doing…! There are stigmas against those in need of [Human] therapy, but I have seen the fingers of those pointing hands direct back at the majority of the human[oid] population. We, do not appear to even know what reason is; what feelings and emotions are; and we are highly ignorant and vain to our own behaviors. Hell, we do not even understand the difference between feelings and emotions… And, we are far more confused as to how to collaborate feelings and emotions on an individual level, let alone a social level. Where there...
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I am reminded of a scene in the movie 42. A young face full of joy, engaged in a memory that would define and follow into the life of an adult. My Father and I… Here in the grand stadium of My Dream of what I can be… On the field here they come…! That is Me down there…! That is Me…! Niger get out here…! What does that mean…? Why do the people yell this…? Why does my Father yell this…? Dad… What you say I do not understand, but I am you and what you say, is me… Thus I will be as you ask, and yell with you… Niger get out of here…! I know this is a movie, and I dare not say how accurate the details are to what truly happened during that game....
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It never fails that I cynically chuckle every time I contemplate the Graduate Record Examinations ( GRE). Personally I believe the GRE to be among the worst displays of arrogance the education system could engage in, but this is a rant for another now. At this now, I am thinking about what I refer to as GRE words… I had to take the GRE to get into graduate school and ironically when I used the GRE words in my graduate papers the professors often questioned what the words meant. What does it say when we have to define the words we use, as we use them…? I dislike polysemous words intensely. I am not a rote person, thus the way I remember a word is by my commitment...
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The other day I was engaged in a collaboration with a Sage who is also my brother. In part, we were discussing my discourse, in that I am predominate in Humanities though people drive me crazy…! I have such a passion for Human and what it is to be Human that I must embrace Humans to feel the Vitality (Life energy) of my life and who I am. My problem is finding Humans… My Sage introduced me to the word Ubuntu, of which I was not familiar with the word. He explained Ubuntu by using the similarity of the Na’vi from the movie Avatar. The Na’vi, as explained, believe that all life is connected and thus have a life need of each other. Take for example when...
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I am reminded of a story I heard as a Marine. I do not remember who told the story and I am going to paraphrase it significantly, but it goes something like this: There once was a professor who was an intense military history buff. One day the professor passes away and goes to heaven. In heaven the professor meets with God and together they walk and have a long conversation about many things the professor had questioned. At the end of their conversation the professor turned to God and asks a final question, “God, I know a lot about the military history of mankind, but could you tell me who was the greatest general you every created?” God replied, “That...
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( Author’s Note: The following statement (two posts combined into one found here) was written originally written in December, 2014 on the ACA Connect e-forum. This was in response some of the national events of last year. A young African-American male was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. This caused riots and protests that lingered on for weeks, if not months. In another case, a young African-American male resisted arrest in New York, for stealing cigars and died of a heart attack, after being placed in a choke hold. As a result, further rioting and protests occurred and two police officers were fatally shot while on patrol in New York City....
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I write this article to respond to Dr. Michael D’Andrea’s suggestion (on December 22, 2014 in the Open Forum of American Counseling Association [ACA] Connect e-digest) that torture was used on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other sites around the world to encourage the terrorists cooperate with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) investigations. 1 His comments were based on the released Select Senate Intelligence Committee (SSIC) Report, December 9, 2014, on these issues. 2 Dr. D’Andrea began by citing mission statements of the ACA and affiliate divisions, regarding upholding human rights, dignity for the individual, strengthening communities, and...
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I am a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at Walden University, and I am seeking research participants for my study entitled, "Factors in Use of the Harm Reduction Model among Substance Abuse Counselors." I am hoping to determine which factors contribute to the acceptance of the harm reduction model among substance abuse counselors. I am inviting active American Counseling Association (ACA) members who specialize in addictions to participate in an online study. If you are willing to participate in this online study which will take between 10-15 minutes please completely read the informed consent via the below link. ​https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/walden_tmadden
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Dear Counselor Educator: This is the second request for participation in a dissertation research project titled Predicting the Perceived Importance of Professional Advocacy in Counselor Educators. This study is being conducted by Rebecca D. Nate, a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Walden University. This form is part of a process called “informed consent” to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether to take part. Professional counselors with a minimum of a master’s degree who primarily identify with the professional identity of a counselor educator are the intended sample. If you...
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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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