ACA Blog

  • Applying to the State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors: My Misadventures

    • Natosha Monroe
    Apr 15, 2013
    After one Army tour in Afghanistan and three years working at the Pentagon and the FBI, I’m finally back in the great state of Texas. Home sweet home! I’m spending time with family and old friends again. Excited to start my life in Dallas. Happy to be only months away from my PhD. I’ve been invited to join the most amazing DFW counselors at the LifeWorks Group. I’m can’t wait to meet my first new client…but I’m stuck waiting on the state licensing board. Oh yeah…that.
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  • Surviving an Insurance Company Audit: 4 Tips for Counseling Practices

    • Anthony Centore
    Apr 10, 2013
    Last November, my company received a letter from a major third party payer--an insurance company we will refer to as COMPANY. The letter read as follows: “[COMPANY is] conducting a review to verify services billed by you were rendered and described appropriately on submitted claims. In order to conduct this review, COMPANY requires certain information from you. COMPANY requests that you provide us with complete documentation of services rendered, including but not limited to, documentation evidencing diagnosis and treatment.”
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  • Eastern Healing: Buddhist Psychology and Mindfulness

    • Christine Forte
    Apr 10, 2013
    A few days ago I returned from a retreat at Guang Jue Temple, a Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Temple located a few hours away from where I live in Shanghai. I had decided to go on this retreat for the simple reason of clearing my head, slowing down, and disconnecting from my busy schedule for a while. The temple website had described it as a “place for the weary or searching traveler,” and when I reflected on my busy life in a city of 20 million people where I’m often working or running around for more than 12 hours a day, it sounded like a good place to rest, recharge and reflect.
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  • Overcoming abuse; an update on Helen

    • Doc Warren
    Apr 09, 2013
    Those who read this blog regularly know that Helen is one of the mascots here at Community Counseling of Central CT. Inc. and at our partially open (still under construction) Pillwillop Therapeutic Farm. Helen is about 2 years old now, was born deaf and was found terribly abused, neglected and wandering the streets until some great folks risked life and limb to rescue her from a rock outcropping.
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  • Graduate Counseling Internships: A Primer on Experience, Clinical Setting, and Priorities

    • Ryan Thomas Neace
    Apr 08, 2013
    A recent email from a would-be-graduate counseling intern: “I am currently completing my counseling graduate coursework at a university in pursuit of licensure. I have been searching for an internship position beginning in the Fall 2013. I have been looking for 6 months now. I interviewed, but did not get an internship from an agency who had only 14 applicants for 10 open positions. Their response to me was that they thought I could obtain something elsewhere due to my extensive background (I already have an M.A. in Human Services and Education) and others could not. I wish they'd tell me the real reason as I thought the interview went very well. I am frustrated, so I was avidly searching for other places to apply and found your site… Since I have plenty of experience, I am baffled as to why I cannot find an internship.”
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  • Mental Health Counselors and the Long Term Care System

    • Lee Kehoe
    Apr 08, 2013
    Over the course of my internship and now working as a professional counselor within a long term care and skilled nursing setting, I have been learning many strategies for navigating within a larger system. Furthermore, I have found there to be a great deal of need for mental health services; a need that requires mental health counselors within such a system to act as an advocate for our profession.
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  • A Tale of Two Counselors, or What it Takes to Succeed in Private Practice

    • Anthony Centore
    Apr 08, 2013
    In recent months, I have been spending a lot of time on the phone with clinicians from all across the country who are either in private practice, or aspiring to start a practice. No matter how many consultations I give, I am repeatedly shocked at the disparity between some counselors’ success, and other counselors’ lack thereof. To illustrate, below are two vignettes of counselors I consulted with just this week.
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  • International Affairs: Understanding Infidelity Abroad

    • Christine Forte
    Apr 08, 2013
    Examining the factors contributing to affairs among expats is more of an art than a science. I’m not aware of any current statistics on the incidence of infidelity among couples abroad, most likely because trying to conduct research on expats is a bit like herding cats: it would be almost impossible to get any kind of representative sample. But I can say that in my clinical experience as an expat counselor, infidelity is by far the most common presenting issue among the couples that I work with. It seems to be an unfortunately common part of the life in the international community here.
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  • The Elders, Equality and Human Rights

    • Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
    Apr 01, 2013
    The news has been filled with stories this week of equality and human rights regarding the right to choose whom to marry. There have been many personal stories shared on the nightly news of disenfranchisement, discrimination and unfairness by those brave enough willing to risk their privacy and their financial security to advocate for their rights. It has been empowering to witness.
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  • Networking at its Finest!

    • Sandi Logan
    Apr 01, 2013
    Coming off the heels of attending the 2013 American Counseling Association (ACA) conference, I have been reflecting on my experience there, as well as other conferences I have attended in the previous months. What stands out in my mind is the importance of relationships and networking. Now, we can have relationships that are personal or professional, or some hybrid of the two. In any regard, it is important to cultivate such connections, as demonstrated by the following:
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