Real-Life Resources for Students & Early Career Professionals
Having grown up in Bermuda and traveled to various countries in the Caribbean, I have always had a love of Caribbean culture and customs. From the reggae/dancehall music and traditional dishes to the unique accents and dialects, Caribbean life has always been a...read more
Graduate students and early-career professionals know how challenging, nay, grueling our work can be without a good night’s sleep. With all the demands of practice, coursework, family matters, research, and so forth, how can we hope to squeeze in a solid 8-hour sleep session?
Furthermore, how can we fall asleep when our minds are racing through that seemingly endless list of responsibilities and deadlines? We toss and turn and check our phones, remembering that each waking moment is wasted rest time.
All of us (well, hopefully all of us) try to practice good hygiene by bathing regularly, brushing/flossing teeth, and so forth. Yet, few of us try to practice good sleep hygiene.read more
My story began and was written before the current crisis, which is causing waves of grief and trauma for numerous graduate students and professionals. I was fortunate, if there is such a thing for grief, to have had a “traditional” grieving process. I was able to...read more
A sense of dread washed over me, and my stomach churned as the incoming call on a Saturday afternoon was from my training director at my practicum site. I did not have to answer the phone to know what she was going to say: the clinic was closed until further notice...read more
Working from home is a new experience for many people. If you are similar to me, the house has many distractions that limit your productivity. I am a neuropsychology student and researcher on the topic of executive functioning – your brain's ability to engage in...read more
Cancelled Sessions, Technology Challenges, and Loss: What Mental Health Workers are Encountering During the Coronavirus
We asked for your stories about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected your work, life, and education. Here are responses from our readers, submitted between March 24 and April 10, 2020. They have been lightly edited for length and clarity. If you’d like to share...read more
Content warning: This post compares helping veterans with PTSD to helping a mother have a healthy birth.During the last session of my first case using cognitive processing therapy, I realized that cognitive processing therapy has a lot in common with the business of...read more
In my book, The Beginning Counselor’s Survival Guide, my main goal is to simplify the difficult-to-understand. For a career that is all about helping people, we certainly do make it complicated to get into sometimes! As the co-founder of Beginning Counselor: Building Your Ideal Internship I get questions all the time, many of them starting with, “What do they mean by _______?”
The fact is, with counseling licensure, as well as with counseling practice, there are a lot of gray areas. “This means this if this is the case…unless of course, this happens.”
That’s why I wanted to take this opportunity to clear up some of the confusion, specifically about the concept of HOURS. By that I mean the specific number of hours we as counselors (or psychologists, marriage and family therapists, or other behavioral health professionals) are required to earn in order to switch from a provisionally licensed mental health professional to the real deal.read more
Just when you think it’s all over, there is one more mountain to climb: passing the EPPP to become a licensed psychologist. My journey to this path was arduous, unpredictable, and a great learning experience. In fact, I believe failing the EPPP made me a better...read more
One of the scariest things therapists work with is suicidality.
Suddenly, therapy feels like, and sometimes is, a life-or-death situation, one where clinicians hold a great deal of responsibility. To make matters worse, suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. , and many believe the prevalence rates are a gross underestimate .
The numbers highlight the inevitability of encountering suicidality in our line of work. Early-career psychologists and practicum students may feel overwhelmed by the intensity and risk of working with suicidal clients.read more