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How to Stay Organized as an Aspiring Counselor or Therapist

I want you to think for a minute about all the things you have learned throughout your training experience.

Remember the day that you started your first externship or internship? Do you remember all of the emotions you were feeling, the thoughts running through your head, and that knot in your stomach that wouldn’t go away?

How many times did you ask yourself, “Where do I start?” How many times did you tell your peers, “I just don’t know where to begin”? How many times did a supervisor or professor give you a sly smile and say, “Well, what do you want to do?” leaving you with a perplexed face and even a sense of panic?

Despite being thrown to the wolves, little by little you learned how to do things on your own.

What you probably didn’t realize was that you were getting yourself organized and using the outcomes of your previous experiences to achieve your objectives. You had a better idea about how to do things because you had been organizing your thoughts more effectively with...

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The Simple Way to Beat Procrastination in Grad School

In order to excel in graduate school, you may have to start developing certain habits and practices. Some of these include dedication, sacrifice, anxiety, and for many, a dash of perfectionism.

Perfectionism, however, can be both a blessing and a curse.

One the one hand, perfectionism allows you to push yourself farther than perhaps you thought you could go and to produce work that is of a higher caliber.

Unfortunately, perfectionism can also lead you down a dark road. As we all know, nothing is ever perfect, and if you expect your work to be, you will always find it lacking. For many people, this creates a self-destructive cycle of feeling like the work is never going to be good enough.

As a result, people experience anxiety from those worries, and then avoidance to help cope with the feelings of anxiety. This is procrastination.

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How to Survive as a Parent in Grad School

Regardless of whether graduate school or children became part of your life first, the task of managing them all will reflect upon both how you experienced and successfully completed your program as well as how your children and family experienced it with you.

While you have already thought about your future and the future of your family by committing to completing graduate school while raising children, it is always the right time to be mindful and be connected with the “here and now” – or at least on the immediate task at hand: writing a paper, completing the semester, etc.

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Yes, You Can Overcome Grad School Burnout – Here's How

Previously in this series, we introduced burnout and outlined symptoms of burnout to look out for.

In this article, we will discuss strategies that can help you prevent and treat burnout, so that you can continue to excel in your graduate program and future career as a behavioral health professional (or if you found this article and you’re not in the behavioral health field, these burnout tips can help you regardless of your field).

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Your Blueprint for Winning at Psychology Grad School

Graduate training programs in psychology prepare students for successful careers in academia, research and clinical practice; however, not all training programs offer the type of non-academic professional development support that can help students stand out and excel in their training and future careers.

After all, each student has their own personal strengths, and who wouldn’t want to highlight those strengths?

As a graduate student or early career psychologist, one may never think of how to professionally advance outside of successfully completing program requirements, getting the right placement/job, and obtaining a license. The six areas of non-academic tips for success offered below make up a model of related factors that can lead to success in these processes and build professional relationships along the way.
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3 Easy Mindfulness Techniques for Busy Grad Students

Do you ever feel like you are moving through grad school like a busy bee? Completely on autopilot?  

Externship. Clients. Supervisors. Emails. Research. Class. Professors. Assignments. Dissertation. Family. Friends.

Sometimes it can all seem like one, big blur.  

As graduate students in the mental health field, we are tasked with the challenge of helping others achieve mental wellness. However, in focusing on the wellbeing of others, we often completely forget to take care of our own emotional health.

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5 Ways to Help Your Marriage Thrive During Grad School

“Being a graduate student is like becoming all of the Seven Dwarves. In the beginning you’re Dopey and Bashful. In the middle, you are usually sick (Sneezy), tired (Sleepy), and irritable (Grumpy). But at the end, they call you Doc, and then you’re Happy.”  –Ronald Azuma

Grad school is not meant to be a walk in the park. The responsibilities associated with being a grad student involve completing coursework, providing treatment, conducting testing/assessment evaluations, working on research projects, teaching courses, fulfilling practicum requirements, preparing for supervision meetings, writing your thesis, dissertation, and clinical documentation, and involvement in professional organizations (just to name a few).

These tasks are doable. They require a lot of work and time management skills, but they are doable.

But what if you have a spouse at home who expects your time and wonderful attentive nature? You won’t be the only one who’s Grumpy. Being a spouse requires an even...

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How to Make Your Conference Presentation Memorable

Every semester that I teach public speaking, I ask my students one question: how many of you are nervous about taking this class?

I’ve done this long enough now to know what to expect – and I am rarely surprised. Most indicate that they are extremely nervous about giving speeches in front of groups. Why shouldn’t they be?

If I’m going to talk about making a memorable conference presentation, I think it makes sense to first address the fears that often go along with speaking in front of an audience.

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How Therapists Can Write For The Web...Without Boring Their Readers

Whether it's writing for your private practice website, starting a new psychotherapy blog, or building exposure by writing guest posts, writing online can be a big boost to your career.

Unfortunately, graduate school doesn't prepare you for writing for the web. If you write a blog post the same way you write an academic paper, your readers will quickly click away in search of more interesting content.

Fortunately, writing for the web isn't difficult. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Your Guide to Organizing Life as a Grad Student in Behavioral Health

Hurry Up and Read This!

Many of us look back on our week and feel astonished that we made it out in one piece.  Client work, case management, consultation, assessment, report writing, faculty meetings, student group meetings.  Oh, and also class.  And life, I suppose.  

As grad students, we are in a bit of a bind.  Although we need to practice good self-care and make time for rest, we recognize the importance of this period of development.  We have infinite opportunities to learn more, do more, and truly maximize our training.  

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