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When I Grow Up I Want To Be…..

Life After College

So I took a big plunge a few months ago and finally decided to go to graduate school. I knew I needed to go back eventually, but I never thought I would go back only 2 years after graduating. The increased motivation came when I decided I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up (for now). I had always thought I would teach for about 10 years and then become a principal. Once I began teaching, and ultimately realized that I might not even make it 10 years in the profession, I started to reconsider that principal idea. I don’t think that job is for me – the paperwork, the number crunching, the spreadsheets, the pressure, the laws/rules. I used to think as a principal I could make positive change in a school. Once I began to teach and see what principals do, I realized how much…

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The Role of the Holy Spirit in Counseling

Camua Law Office

Before Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, He promised His disciples that He would not leave them orphans but would send them another Paraclete Whom He identified as the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17). In English translations of the Bible, the Greek word ‘Paraclete’ in the above-cited passage is rendered either as ‘Advocate’ or ‘Helper.’ In addition to those however, the most appropriate translation of that word in the context of our topic is that of ‘Counselor.’ Although Jesus was and is definitely the Great Counselor while He walked the earth, the Counselor who remained on earth to guide Jesus’ disciples is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will remind His disciples everything that He taught them—and that includes us modern-day Christians.

In referring to the third Person of the triune God, the word ‘holy’ is most commonly used. According to Jay Adams, the Holy Spirit is called…

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Can You be a Substance Abuse Counselor

Are you thinking of becoming a substance abuse counselor? The first thing I want to tell you about this job is that it isn’t as easy as it looks. There is a lot of hard work and dedication you will need to put in if you want to be successful in this field. What’s more, you will have to be ready to deal with the most uncooperative and unwilling clients in the world. If you are ready for all of that and are looking for a few tips on how you can become a good counselor then this is the right article for you. Here are some tips that will help ensure you are the kind of counselor that most recovering addicts are looking for:

1. The first and most obvious thing is that you need to be caring. You won’t go too far if you don’t care for your clients. And don’t just start off caring for them and then slowly lose compassion. Only if you genuinely care for your clients will you be able to help them.

2. It is very important for you to be optimistic at all times as well. No matter how bleak the situation appears, if you (the counselor) aren’t optimistic of things improving in the future how can you expect your client to be. Negativity is something which can greatly damage an addict. If you want to be a good counselor then you will need to get rid of all the negativity from your thoughts when dealing with patients.

3. Self confidence is key as a substance abuse counselor. Just like any other profession, if you aren’t confident of yourself how do you plan to help another person put their life back together? You will succeed with many of your clients but you need to understand that there will be setbacks as well. It is important for you to take all these ups and downs in your stride and keep moving forward with just as much confidence as the day you started.

4. The easiest way for you to ruin your reputation as a counselor is to be judgmental. Never be condescending when it comes to dealing with your clients. You might find this pretty difficult considering the fact that most of your clients are going to be some seriously shady characters. But you should never look down upon them or think of them as lower individuals in any way. It is your job as their counselor to pick them up from the hole they are in and there is no way you can do that by being judgmental.

If you can keep these four things in mind whenever you are dealing with your clients you can ensure that you not only build a decent reputation for yourself but that you help countless people get their lives back on track.

The Methods of Pastoral Counseling

Camua Law Office

As with all new lawyers, after I took my oath and signed the Roll of Attorneys, thereby becoming a full-fledged licensed counselor and attorney-at-law, I was so excited to begin my practice. However, little did I know that law school did not prepare me to do so! Yes, I knew the law, both substantive and procedural, but I knew nothing about the professional or “business” aspect of building my own law office. I realized that I did not know how to properly set up and conduct an interview with a prospective client and worse, I had no idea how much to charge for my services! I was so dumbfounded that I just tried calling up older and more experienced lawyers to ask them for some advice. The only thing was, there were almost as many different methods and styles as there are law practitioners. During that time, and even now…

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Substance Abuse Counselor Exam: Free Webinar on Youtube

Counselor Interns HeadQuarters

Hello everyone, this is a free event open to all CIs in the field of substance abuse counseling. In this webinar I will be sharing tips to study more effectively for the exam. I will be answering questions from the audience and I will talk about how my online study guide can help you prepare for the certification exam.

If you are preparing for the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification exam, I invite you to attend this webinar.

I hope to see many of you there!

Samantha

via LCDC Exam Review: Webinar on Youtube.

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Driver Found Guilty Of Murder After Dragging Man For 2 Miles

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A substance abuse counselor was convicted Tuesday of mowing down a 31-year-old man with her car in Torrance and then driving more than two miles with the victim lodged in her windshield, authorities reported.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 51, was found guilty of two counts of DUI and hit and run in connection with the death of Phillip Moreno, according to Los Angeles County court records.

Moreno was struck just before 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2012, as he was leaving a neighborhood bar. He was crossing Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue.

Concerned witnesses told police they forced Wilkins to stop driving.

Moreno was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The defendant’s attorney argued the man had jumped on her car and Wilkins panicked, but that she wasn’t impaired.

Sentencing is set for March 26.

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