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Greetings! [Jul. 8th, 2005|09:35 pm]
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[mood |relaxedrelaxed]

Hello there! Thought I'd put an introduction out here, having had this community mentioned to me by a friend in the human services field. This looks awfully spiffy.

I'm a somewhat recent graduate of a Masters program in my area and a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (read: a Licensed Mental Health Counselor-to-be, once I fulfill my clinical hours and pass the licensing exam). I've interned at a public grade school and a fairly prestigious technical university, and am currently working at an outreach / community counseling site which I'm finding . . . exceptionally challenging, to say the least. My orientation is vaguely in the direction of Humanistic (Person Centered) / Feminist, but my tools come from far and wide, including CBT and Gestalt and Expressive Therapies. My clinical interests are pretty broad-based; feel free to ask if you're interested, but my LJ interests probably give a few clues.

I look forward to hearing from all of you!
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Clinical Coordinator position available in Massachusetts [Jun. 29th, 2005|10:50 pm]
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I am Program Director of a small residential program in Massachusetts. I am currently seeking a Master's Level Clinician for a full time position of Clinical Coordinator. This position carries a caseload of 5-7 clients, is responsible for both clinical work and case management, and is compensated commensurate with experience. This is an exciting time within the program, and we are looking for a dynamic, organized, and energetic team player. Please contact me at: Lsimkowitz-lavigne@communityhealthlink.org if you are interested.
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(no subject) [May. 17th, 2005|12:20 am]
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Cross posted on pre_pro_psychs grad_psych

Anyone else out there graduating? Congrats to those who are!

(Know of any jobs in Seattle or Vegas for an MA in Counseling with supervised contact? Eak! Ha!)
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Stopped by and sat down [Apr. 12th, 2005|05:48 am]
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Hello everyone!
I'm Katja, 28, from Bochum, Germany. I'm a University student of Psychology in what I hope will be my last year. Fighting to get on with my master thesis. If I can make it, I'll start a post-grad therapist training next spring. I'm highly interested in exchanging thoughts and sharing experience about what it means to work as a therapist....
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(no subject) [Feb. 28th, 2005|01:42 am]
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I've been spending a lot of time as of late looking at job possibilities for after I graduate. I'm thinking I will be headed out to Las Vegas, NV or Seattle, WA in June. Does anyone have some ideas as far as agencies or organizations to investigate that might have entry level counselor/therapist positions? I spent today scrounging the internet for opportunities in Las Vegas and it looks sparse out there and I just can't believe that -- At the same time the Nevada ACA's apparently inactive? What's that about?

Cross Posted on grad_psych & pre_pro_psychs
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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2005|12:23 am]
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Anyone hear about the drama at the Multicultral summitt???

feel free to discuss....

i heard about it the following day at the Diversifying Clinical psych event I attended and again today at one of the groups I attend, the drama came up...

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(no subject) [Jan. 24th, 2005|12:08 am]
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One of my best professors (also a clinical psychologist in practive) ever that i hope to TA developmental psychopathology with sent me the booklist in her reader from last quarters class... she said she had so much more to add but managed to keep it down to 2 pages. Yeah for Leslie.... so here is the list and hopefully i will find some of these and those of you interested will too!!

For your Reading Pleasure…Students’ Choices

It is said that a good story “informs our hearts as well as our minds of the complexities involved in the ‘simple’ act of living a human life.” Story can be a powerful vehicle for something that goes beyond “learning” by evoking a more personal sense of “knowing.” Some of the following books I have read, others come highly recommended by students. If you want to delve deeper into some of the topics related to our class, consider doing so in the form of literary journey. Check out your library or Amazon.com…Enjoy.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
AUTISM: 240 pages (2004)
This delightfully quick read provides an enlightening glimpse of the world from the perspective of someone with Autism as he tries to make sense of a dog’s death. A review: “This is a murder mystery of sorts, one told by…fifteen-year-old Christopher who is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless…He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers. He is encouraged by Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result--quirkily illustrated, is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”--Jack Illingworth

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
SCHIZOPHRENIA: 912 pages (1998)
This page-turner is one of Dr. Z’s favorites. The story is told by the character Dominick, who struggles with compassion, duty, and guilt regarding his mentally ill brother, whom he both deeply loves and resents: “When you’re the sane brother of a schizophrenic identical twin, the tricky thing about saving yourself is the blood it leaves on your hands…take it from the guy who beat the biochemical rap.” When his brother, Thomas, commits a shocking act driven by potent religious delusions, a myriad of exterior and emotional events are set into motion. This story provides a realistic and poignant glimpse into the world of madness, family dynamics, and the powerful force of forgiveness.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
A student recommended this book. Woven into the story are accounts of some actual events, including Kip Kinkle’s shootings. The story is told from the mother’s (Eva) struggle to parent her wild-child son (Kevin). Here is an excerpt from a review, “From the start Eva is ambivalent about him…a hostile, cynical, often malevolent child. The narrative, which leads with quickening and horrifying inevitability to the moment when Kevin massacres seven of his schoolmates and a teacher, is told as a series of letters from Eva to an apparently estranged husband, after Kevin has been put in a prison for juvenile offenders.” –Publishers Weekly


The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
SUICIDALITY: 384 pages (2004)
This is a quick, but emotional read. Brent Runyon was 17 when he wrote this first person reflection on his attempted suicide at the age of 14, in which he set himself on fires. The book talks about the before, during, and mostly aftermath of recovery, as well as the readjustment process to high school and a “normal” life.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman ( I read this one and its SAD)
This is a story about a Hmong immigrant family who has an 8 month old daughter diagnosed with epilepsy. There is a clash between their Eastern, traditional diagnosis and treatment with the Western medical community, as well as issues such as how to define good parenting. Recommended for anyone interested in working with cross-cultural healing, children, and social work.

Welcome to my Country: Memoirs of a Therapist by Lauren Slater
“In this fittingly subtitled work, Slater introduces the schizophrenic, depressed, and suicidal patients she treats. Painting tender portraits of these troubled souls, she recounts her efforts to close the gap between therapist and patient and persuades the listener to make similar connections. Slater's personal struggle with mental illness is touchingly revealed when she journeys to the treatment facility wherein she lived for long periods in order to treat a patient with problems reminiscent of her own.”–Library Journal

Thinking in Pictures: and other reports from my life with Autism by Temple Grandin (Temple Grandin is AWESOME)
AUTISM: 240 pages (1996)
“In this unprecedented book, Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. She tells us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human beign, one who gracefully bridges the gulf between her condition and our own while shedding light on our common identity.” – Amazon.com
Temple Grandin also wrote another book titled “Emergence: Labeled Autistic” in 1985.

A Child Called IT: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer (Read this one and all of the follow ups)
CHILD ABUSE: 195 pages (1995)
“This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games—games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an ‘it’.” – Amazon.com
This is the first of 3 books: “The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family” and “A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness”are the sequels.
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self hypnosis scripts [Jan. 23rd, 2005|03:41 am]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

so, I still have not facilitated the relaxation experential piece for the peers yet.... Im sure they will corner me next time since it has been brought up at the last few meetings however, I was saved by time.. haha.

Im trying to decide between two... one is more childhood oriented than the other but I think they are both fun and can also be used as a prompt for further art/exploratory activities.

Im hoping for some feedback from those familar with relaxation techniqies.. thoughts, reactions. I plan on cross- posting in other communities that might find this post relevent for them..

I got these exercises at a conference once on juvenile arthritis but otherwise, I dont know where they came from. My only issue with both of them is that I feel the induction part needs to be longer...

The first exercise:

My SpaceShip..

In this exercise you will acr as a reporter, bringing back as much information as you can about the planet you choose to explore. Make sure that you use all your senses to learn about this planet, or start, using your sight, hearing, smell, and touch, and notice what the creatures eat if there are any creatures living there. You may wish to taste their food. Notice how they move, how they live, what games they play, and what their families are like.

Close your eyes and put your attention on your breath. Breathe in... and... out gently and quietly, and imagine you are going outside this room to the front yard, and there you find your own spaceship that you have designed and built. You climb up into the spaceship and get ready for takeoff. (pause)

Ten...nine... eight,,, seven,,, six... five... four... three... two... one... blast off! You gently take off above the clods... up above the Earth's atmosphere, way out into space. And as you look toward the Earth, you see it as a ball or sphere that is moving away from you. You look outside your spaceship window and see far out into space. You choose a planet or star to investiage and head your spaceship toward it. Whne you land your spaceship, you decide to investgate this planet or start and to learn as much as you can about the creatures that live, if there are any there. You may wish to make friends with one of the creatures and have your new friend show you around. Notice how they communicate, how they live, and what their planet or star looks like. Notice the smells, sounds, tastes and how you move on this planet. (pause)

Now I am going to give you two minutes of clock time equal to as much time as you need to explore this planet. When you hear my voice again, I will be calling you nack to return to Earth. (Pause 2 min)

Now say goodbye to your new friend, climb into your spaceship, and head back to earth. (Pause)

As you come closer to Earth, it starts ti look larger and larger to you. You come back into Earth's atmosphere... bacn through the clouds... and as you come closer to Earth its easy for you to identify your home and school. (Pause)

Now you land your spaceship... come back into this room... and become aware of sitting here. In a moment I will count to five. When you are ready, open your eyes, remembering in full detail everything aboit your expereince. You will have time to draw or write about your journey. One... Two... three... four... five.


so thats my spaceship.

The one that is for slightly older children- adults is called "The Ally Within"

Close your eyes and focus your attention on your breath moving in... and... out... of your nostrils. As you continue to breathe at your own rate, imagine that you are on a path of a very thick forest. All around you are beautiful green trees, and you walk down this path towards the sound of water. You come upon a small stream, and you walk over to the stream and look at your reflection in the water. (pause)

soon you feel another presene standing next to you, and you feel completely safe. You see another reflection join yours in the water. The other presence may be that of an old, wise being, an animal, or imaginaty being who you feel is your ally, someone whom you have known for a long time, someone you can trust. Your ally beckons to you to follow across a small bridge that crosses the stream. You follow and find yourself climbing a hill that leads to a cave. Your ally enters the cave, sits down and gestures you ro follow. YTou enter the cave an sit down, and your ally begins to tell you about yourself. (Pause 1 minute).

Your ally tells you that you may return at any time you wish. He or she will always be ther waiting for you to help you with anything that you need. Yoy thank your ally, walk back down the path, over the bridge, looking once again at your reflection in the water. You notice how you feel as you walk up the path, out of the forest, and become aware of sitting here, fully present. Count to three to yourself and slowly open your eyes.


wow, i feel semi relaxed and decided that a longer induction is needed on both and a slightly longer awareness int he last one.. i think.. i dont know.... awww.. i like them a lot but dont know how everyone else will respond.... eeek.
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(no subject) [Jan. 2nd, 2005|02:26 am]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

anyone a member of the APA?

Is it beneficial for you?

I am thinking about subscribing however its a little steep but looks good but would like to know what others think...

(Cross posted in other psych communities I belong to)
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Anorexia Nervosa Presentation [Nov. 26th, 2004|11:12 pm]
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Hey All,
I'm working on a presentation on Anorexia Nervosa: Causes, Treatment, and Relapse for my Foundations of Clinical Practice Class. I am trying to think of a really awesome way to present the information that I've found. This presentation needs to be really good as my grade rests on it. Any ideas?
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