Requiem for a Therapist: A Tribute to Robin Williams
Aug12

Requiem for a Therapist: A Tribute to Robin Williams

Like so many others, I was saddened to hear of the death of actor and comedian, Robin Williams that was made public today. To hear that his death was at the end of a life-long battle with depression that ended in suicide was an additional blow, both as a fellow sojourner with my own emotional and spiritual battles, and as a mental health therapist. In the development of my own therapeutic style, I learned a lot from my education, more...

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Graduate Counseling Internships: A Primer on Experience, Clinical Setting, and Priorities
Apr08

Graduate Counseling Internships: A Primer on Experience, Clinical Setting, and Priorities

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...

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CounselingInternships.com @ The ACA Conference 3/21-3/24!
Mar21

CounselingInternships.com @ The ACA Conference 3/21-3/24!

CounselingInternships.com will be at the American Counseling Association Conference March 21-24, booth 530! Please come visit us – discount memberships available!

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What CounselingInternships.com Offers Schools, and Why You Should Care.
Mar19

What CounselingInternships.com Offers Schools, and Why You Should Care.

If you keep up with my blogs at all, you’re probably tired of hearing me say this,  but I’m going to say it at least 1000 more times, because it’s true, and little by little, people are starting to listen.  Here it goes: There really is a crisis in the counseling industry as it regards...

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Part 2: Needed Changes Toward Interns in Professional Counseling Culture
Feb26

Part 2: Needed Changes Toward Interns in Professional Counseling Culture

In Part 1 of “What’s Wrong with the Counseling Intern Picture?”, I made clear that the way counselors-in-training approach the internship phase of their programs needs changing. I’d now like to turn our attention to what needs changing in Professional Counseling culture toward young people in general, and especially toward counseling...

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What’s Wrong with This Picture (Part 1)? Counseling Intern Orientation
Feb06

What’s Wrong with This Picture (Part 1)? Counseling Intern Orientation

Frequently, I get contacts from students panicked, sometimes legitimately, over one internship thing or another.  I try to help in any way I can, but often, my answers may have a similar ring to them.  Here’s a letter I got from a student.  Sound familiar?

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Counseling Internships: Help has Arrived
Jan30

Counseling Internships: Help has Arrived

Over the past few years it dawned on me that there are close to 1000 counseling education programs in the US – over 600 of them CACREP-accredited. That’s tremendous! What’s more, literally every student in every program must go through an internship. The American Counseling Association estimates that it has approximately 20,000 student members! Yet, for all of these realities, until now there has been no resource on the web for...

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How to Find a Counseling Internship: 3 Essential Characteristics

You CAN find an internship. Really!!! To some, this is the height of obviousness. They are well-connected by their academic program, family or personality, hard work, good politics, or just sheer luck. They’ve got any number of options come internship time. To others, this is the height of optimism. They are less-than-connected, by virtue of their online studentship, youth or senectitude, years spent in some other career, or just...

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3 Reasons You Keep Getting Turned Down for Counseling Internships.

In my work with counselors-in-training, I see common mistakes in attempts to land internships. At my practice, I regularly receive undergraduate and graduate internship applications from 5 institutions within a 3-4 hour radius, and handful of applications from across the US. Also, I’m fortunate enough to be privy to the shared experiences of students in my care. Certainly, not all students (or programs) are created equally, but the...

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