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…and we’re back

It has been almost a year since my last post and I am pleased to come back to this site feeling refreshed and motivated right off the heels of the 2014 American Counseling Association Conference.

This year’s conference was held in Honolulu, Hawaii and provided many of us a chance to learn, re-engage with our practice and our passions, and recuperate from a bitter cold winter we’ve experienced on the East coast.

I had the privilege of hearing from great minds on the subjects ranging from solution-focused therapy and its many practices and applications in secondary school to workshops that helped to demystify the DSM 5.

This spring brings a lot of change. A new job, new client population, new ways of engaging in the world around me. I look forward to bringing that back to this blog space.

We’re back.


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The Power of Social Media

I will be the first to say that I do not quite get social media. I typically un-tag myself in Facebook photos. I’ve been known to make mistakes when using the past tense of tweet that would make one blush. For a long time, I thought LinkedIn referred to a concept as opposed to an actual website and online community. Over time and with a lot of help from some amazing and patient people, I’ve been able to get a handle on how to use use social media to both delight and connect with others. But, nothing that I had engaged in thus far prepared me for what I was going to encounter at SMARMIE.

Funny acronym right? When I first heard of it, my imagination ran wild with all the things each letter could stand for. What I did not expect was that this conference of a peculiar name would be so singularly powerful and educational that it could very well change the way that I view social media and its powers forever. Now, I realize this this sounds very dramatic but it wasn’t until the presentation by the keynote speaker (blew my mind) that it really hit me.

Social media is crucial in the development of a global community of volunteers and it directly contributes to and enhances our ability to respond to those in crisis.

For counselors and counseling students, it is so important for us to be aware of the ways in which we can be involved in the creation and maintenance of this burgeoning movement. Humanitarianism is going digital and if you are a counselor YOU are engaged in humanitarian work.

Below are a few things I took away from the conference. I invite and urge you to check these sites out. Sign up for updates. Be involved. Get connected.

iRevolution – This blog features short thought pieces on how innovation and technology are revolutionizing the power of the individual through radical self-sufficiency, self-determination, independence, survival and resilience. While you’re at it, follow the incredible Patrick Meier.

Standby Task Force – Tired of feeling like you could be doing more when crisis hits? STF organizes digital volunteers into a flexible, trained and prepared network ready to deploy in crises.

Crisis Mappers – The largest and most active international community of experts, practitioners, policymakers, technologists, researchers, journalists, scholars, hackers and skilled volunteers engaged at the intersection between humanitarian crises, technology, crowd-sourcing, and crisis mapping.

iDisaster – The amazing Kim Stephens heads up this blog that seeks to provide exemplary practices, news and information about applications of new media, with the longer-term objective of improving practice and outcomes in emergency management.

Geofeedia – Identify “hot spots” by quickly performing situational awareness on impacted communities, prioritize resource allocation and logistical efforts using real-time intelligence from Geofeedia, and communicate with impacted populations using social media.

I’d also highly recommend keeping your eye on what’s coming out of Dr. Mark Dredze’s team at JSU. Social media for public health: very much here and now.


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*New* Resources Page!

I’ve been excited to publish this Internship Series featuring resources to help you find, track time, and make the most of your experiences. There’s more to come!

If you missed resources mentioned in the last few posts, check out the new resources page. Not only will you find internship resources there but you will also have access to resources on other topics and links to noteworthy sites. Check back often for new content.

If you have ideas or links that you think might be helpful, please contact me! I look forward to hearing from you!

Fall Reboot @ Acadia National Park

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Fall is not my favorite season.  I dread the upcoming cold and long for more days of summer heat, green grass, and balmy evenings.  But, this fall, my partner and I decided to kick off the season with a trip to Maine.  A chance to reconnect with nature, with ourselves, and bid a sweet farewell to the last days of summer.  I’m more of a beach-goer and would happily spend each and every day counting sand grains and listening to the waves roll in.  But, every once and a while, there’s a place so beautiful that it almost makes me think I could opt for a woodsy retreat as a viable beach alternative.  This was my experience at Acadia National Park.  The park is full of trails for hikers/ climbers or all levels and there’s enough beautiful landscape to keep everyone happy.  We had a chance to hike the Beehive Trail (a fun trail but not for the vertigo-afflicted) and take in the most beautiful views from the top.

What do you do to welcome the fall and reboot?

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ICTJ: Transitional Justice and Displacement

Newly released from the ICTJ and I had to share.

Individuals and families are displaced from their homes at alarming rates.  Becoming a socially conscious counselor means a) knowing about the issues they face and b) doing our best to contribute to their mental well-being.  We can all learn more, do more, be more.

See, read, listen here:  

International Center for Transitional Justice.


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Bloggers for GOOD

Like a kid in a candy store, I’m overwhelmed and delighted by the innovative ideas of others to invoke change, provoke questions, and challenge what it means to be an active member of society.  Bloggers for GOOD Challenge is bringing out some of the best in the community.  Below are the specifics posted by GOOD:

Blogs are entertaining and influential, and they’re radically changing the way we all share and receive information. Whether your blog is about fashion, football, or food, we think it has the potential to catalyze social impact. Perhaps you are profiling a nonprofit you love and inspiring your readers to get involved, or documenting your adventures in sustainable living and encouraging readers to check out a local environmental organization, or reviewing new books and want to support a literacy program. Whatever your area of interest may be, we have $1,000 for a cause that your work supports as well as a $500 prize for your GOOD work. We’ll also interview you and feature your blog on GOOD.

I have submitted and you can vote for me here:  http://bloggers.maker.good.is/projects/thePathNY

The prize is wonderful but getting exposed to what folks are up to is even better.  Check out all of the submissions on Bloggers for Good.

Happy reading!


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Give and Receive

This is swell!!

Not only is it cool (and rare) to get an award but that it comes from the creative, talented, courageous bloggess at anxietyadventures is even better.  Hats off to you and Gnome.

I’m delighted that the guidelines for acceptance include nominating slightly more than a handful of great blogs.

I’ve had the wonderful fortune of reading the following:

thepensiveporcupine
Tamara Suttle – all things private practice
bucket list publications
stephanieannadams
honeynhero
chinos & chopsticks
the neophyte counselor

Keep posting, keep reading.