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Hello ACA family, i am needing some help and support recruiting participants for my dissertation study. My dissertation will be on Black Womxn (trans and non-binary folks percieved as women inclusive) survivors of past or present experiences of interpersonal violence (i.e. rape, sexual assault, intimate partner violence/domestic violence, verbal, emotional or psychological abuse and/or stalking). This study if for folks who are 18 years and older. If you or anyone you know would be interested in participating in this study, please share this flyer and this link: https://ugeorgia.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0q5wldunuVEi8
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Dissertation Help

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Hi fellow members,   I’m looking for participants for my dissertation and need some help! If you could, please distribute my information to any place you think would be helpful (group pages, listserves, anywhere you think would get me any interested participants). I’ve placed the information below and also attached the flyer as well. I’d appreciate any help you could provide!   Thank you all!   An Exploration of the Lived Experience of Transgender Individuals in Prison My name is Allison Radice, and I am doctoral student at Walden University. I am conducting a study to explore the Lived Experience of Transgender Individuals in Prison. Any transgender ...
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We are looking for dedicated, hardworking, and ethical counselors with excellent writing skills to work with children, adults and families that are in underserved areas. This job does come with the flexibility to schedule your hours, competitive pay, and a positive work environment. We are located in  Baton Rouge, however we do service the surrounding parishes.  If intrested in this position please forward us your resume at allstarccllc@gmail.com
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The behavioral health professional faces so many hard situations. You need all the knowledge you can get about real-life exp if you want to feel able to provide your clients with the best treatment options. To help you become more knowledgeable about how child abuse may look and the impact it can have on a person's life, I've written a book,   Angels Among Us: How God Used Everyday People to Perform Modern-day Miracles in My Life, by ReJean Johnson . It provides a case-study-like narrative on the life of a child abuse survivor, who developed both PTSD and Depression. It provides a variety of scenarios in which I had to navigate life, under enormous mental ...
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Hello fellow counselors. I am currently accepting a mental health counseling intern who is seeking supervision towards licensure in Florida. If you are in the Pensacola area and are looking for a clinical supervisor, please feel free to email me at nicoleorgeronLMHC@gmail.com. I have a profile on the Psychology Today website.
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Division Awards

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Howdy everyone! So I have a question, for the awards your division offers. Do you require for individuals to be eligible for nomination, that they are an active member of your division? Noel A. Ysasi, Ph.D., CRC ARCA President
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Hi ACA Members. I hope someone can assist me as I am getting very frustrated launching my counseling career. I live in Michigan, but am willing to relocate for the appropriate job placement. I graduated from Grand Canyon University 11/07/2018 Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in Addiction Counseling. I have applied to take the CADC exam and waiting for the date and city I am assigned to take it. I am currently unemployed looking for a job in which I can use my degree and collect direct contact hours for my certification/licensure. I am obviously looking for the wrong type of job. What job title should I be looking for so I may work in the counseling field before ...
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​ Premarital Counseling: Thank you for taking the first step in trying to better understand Relationship and how to build lasting and happy relationships. I start by saying that there are no Perfect Relationships or Perfect Marriages anywhere in the World! Why so you just asked? It is so because Human Being are not perfect and will never be perfect! But there are very many Happy (not perfect) relationships/marriages all over the place. Whether our Relationships will be Happy or not so Happy is a CHOICE we have to make for ourselves. There are fundamental issues that need to be exposed in order to benefit from this program: 1.We cannot change other ...
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Hi all, I am a licensed mental health counselor and a doctoral candidate at Pace University currently collecting data for my dissertation concerning counseling professionals in practice. This brief 10-minute survey was IRB approved by Pace University November 28, 2018 and is completely anonymous and in no way attached to your name. I am seeking licensed (or eligible for licensure) counseling professionals, as well as student/trainees who have been seeing clients for at least 3-months of face to face contact. I so appreciate your time and hope you can help me contribute to research in our field! LINK TO 10-MINUTE SURVEY: https://pace.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_82qsImyextxn5Up
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I chose to construct my office this way because I feel that it provides a very open and relaxed feel. I faced my desk and chair towards the door so that when students enter I am the first thing that they see. I placed the other two small chairs directly in front of me so that when students are talking to me they can know that they have my undivided attention. If i could add extra items to my office, I would add bean bag chairs, a jar of candy, and I would add a shelf where I could place sensory items like scented clay, kinetic sand, and stress balls. I personally enjoy sitting in bean bags because those chairs feel like they are hugging you and are very cozy. ...
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Hello All and Happy Thursday, At the present time, I'm working with and providing mandated counseling services to Special Education students with I.E.Ps a school setting. During an I.E.P meeting a parent insist she wants to sit with her son during his counseling sessions. This was the first time in my career; I was ever approach by a parent with this type of request. I spoke to the parent about her son's privacy/confidentiality and how imperative the student and counselor relationship has grown and developed in the last 2 months. The parent continue to demand she sit in sessions with her son. As a counselor I don't want to jeopardize the relationship with ...
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Introduction

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Hello All I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Mamie Johnson and I'm a LMHC with over 10 years of experience working with special needs students in a school setting. I hold a NYS Clinical License in Mental Health Counseling as well as a NYS License in School Guidance. Presently, I work along side the NYC DOE/Charter School System as a Provider rendering mandated counseling services to Special Education students with I.E.P.s. I am passionate about the art of counseling and enjoys working, guiding and supporting my students and the individual I work with.  I am please to join this community. I look forward in conversing with ...
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My name is Brittany Hughes and I am currently pursuing a masters of science in school counseling at  Walden University. I am currently a teacher at a residential treatment facility and I am looking forward to building onto my knowledge to advance my career. I am excited to connect with others who are on the same career path as me. I hope to gain insight through networking as well as offer advice where I can.
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Christ-like Character

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AnOddBox Christ-like Character… Probably the most important knowledge I took from Northwest Nazarene University was that the meaning of Christian is Christ-like Character... It was also one of the most somber revelations... I watched a movie called Left Behind… Those who were Saved disappeared…, called to heaven…, and those who did not believe were cursed to experience the apocalypse as Left Behind… I was asked once if I believed I would be called to heaven or left behind… I truly believe in Christ-like Character, but my answer would be neither… If such a story were to hold truth then even if chosen I would refuse to go… The proclamations of ...
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Years ago, I hired an assistant to create the types of forms (superbills and CMS 1500 forms) that I needed to submit to my clients’ insurance each month. That was one of the smartest decisions I ever made. Before that, I used to spend hours doing it myself. But now there’s a world of products online that offer to automate these and other processes for your private practice. (Even my assistant’s time is now better spent on other things). So... How do you choose? Which one will fit your needs? Whether it’s reducing no-shows, getting your Informed Consent signed, or streamlining the processes (e.g. scheduling, billing, clinical notes, ...
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I was so honored to get to present to this Girl Scout troop about the importance of Mental Health Awareness! They are 9 and 10 years old and I was blown away by the depth of their questions and the insight that they displayed. They were REALLY into it and served as such an inspiration to me personally! In this picture we are showing the posters they made to promote Mental Health Awareness. Wow! The leaders of our future are looking great! If any of you are associated with Girl Scouts; the International BiPolar Foundation makes a packet and badges available so that you can present this to other troops and present them with a
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When the BCBS of Montana sent letters out to just about every therapist in Montana asking them to pay back a large portion of the reimbursements they’d sent between July 2013 and July 2014, it wasn’t a joke. Yes this is 2015, and yes, they were talking about 2013. (Apparently they can go back that far.) They even said that they took “full responsibility” for their mistake, without intending any irony. Man, it is something to see a room full of 50-therapists get their hackles up – and justifiably so. These are people who spend their life focusing on relationships that cultivate trust and healing. And the insurance company had reimbursed them for that ...
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If you’re not going to be in-network with insurance companies, you are actually going to have to do things differently than the hundreds of other in-network therapists in your area. I know from my own experience that this extra thought and effort is well worth the pay off, but it does take some intention and strategy. For me, here’s what the payoff has been: I see only clients with whom I love working. I get to do the quality of clinical work I believe in, and offer extra services that I know help the process. I limit my caseload to something that is manageable enough for me to also run a second business (Center Institute) and ...
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M ulticulturalism and Diversity as well as social justice have long since been important tenant of the counseling field. The former is an imperative to be sensitive to the various client behavior based on ethnicity and socioeconomic influences and adjust therapeutic practices accordingly. It also means that as counselors should be aware of their own values regarding people from different sociocultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as to pay attention to one's personal heritage and economic status to be cognizant of how such factors affect clients. Social justice takes these issues one step further. It has been defined as “….how advantages and ...
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