The Mentoring Process: Steps Along a Path

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Taking a cue from the Star Wars universe, mentoring can sometimes feel a lot like Force-sensitive training: a mysterious process that’s difficult to access.  I realized this mystery, sipping on Starbucks while attending the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference in October.  However, I did not take time in the moment to fully process what the realization meant. Continue reading

A Daunting Reality: Preparing for Comprehensive Exams

Surreal and unbelievable are words that describe how I perceive my current place in doctoral work. It is hard to believe I am experiencing this 3rd-year reality, as it seems like a recent memory that I was receiving the good news that I had been accepted into the Ph.D. program. That was well over 2 years ago.

As I slowly realize this unfathomable truth, I am forced to reflect upon a more daunting reality of approaching comprehensive exams (referred to as “comps”). Continue reading

Two Lessons Learned from a Third Year Doctoral Student

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During the past two years of my doctoral studies in counselor education and supervision (CES), my experience has come with several personal and professional lessons. Some of those lessons are unique to helping me develop as a counselor educator-in-training. Having worked in the mental health profession for over a decade before entering my CES training program, I quickly learned that the lessons specific to counselor education can be quite different than lessons learned as a licensed professional counselor.

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Exposing The Myths Of PTSD: Creating Awareness In June

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I decided to take a little break from academic blogs in order to write about something that I’m passionate about – Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma.  Starting in 2010, Congress designated June 27th as National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day.  Additionally, for the past 2 years, Congress has also set aside June as National PTSD Awareness Month.  While they have not yet said if this is happening in 2015, I wanted to offer some information about PTSD, including some common myths believed to be fact by some in our culture. Continue reading

Submitting a Collaborative Proposal: First Lessons Learned

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During my last blog entry, I wrote about the power of networking at conferences and how valuable the experience can be as a doctoral student. Part of that blog post included me connecting with a colleague for the 2nd time and discussing the possible exploration of a presentation proposal. Good news! We actually followed through with that original idea. This blog entry is a description of that collaborative process.  Continue reading

Happy New Year! My Academic Resolution for 2015

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If you are reading this blog post, then you have successfully entered 2015.  Congratulations!  Depending on how 2014 was for you, this transition may come as a welcomed rite of passage into newness.  Maybe 2014 was really difficult for you, and you now possess hope that better things are ahead now that this new chapter is about to be written.  The new year invites us to reflect on what has been and what is while examining what we want the future to be.   Continue reading