It was a success!

Yesterday, was our first Happy Hour Meet & Greet event. We enjoyed meeting, and learning the specialties of, each member that attended. It was a pleasure connecting and networking with other counselors. We each walked away with valuable information for referrals and new supportive connections.

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Thanks to all who attended yesterday’s event and for making it a success. If you were unable to make this event, we hope to see you at our next event.

Tiffany, Tracy, & Virginia

P.S. Check out the positive reviews from your fellow members on Facebook about this event!

Images taken by Photography by Tracy

6 things to remember when filing for your LPC license

The day had finally come.  After completing the required internship hours I submitted my paperwork to transition from LPC-Intern to LPC. At this time, I was mere days away from delivering my first child, so I could not have been more relieved.  This was in January. Flash forward to May. My son was now 4 months old and I was still an LPC-Intern. Fortunately everything worked out. I was fully licensed just in time to return to work at the beginning of June.  But I can say that during those 4 months, I spent more time and energy than I would have liked calling the board, locating lost paperwork, and trying to calm my anxious nerves.  So, what went wrong?  It was actually a strange multitude of random occurrences that made the journey more difficult. But I did learn a few things about the application process. Hopefully my experience and lessons learned will be helpful to those of you who have yet to file for your LPC license.

1.  When keeping track of your hours, do so on one form.  During the middle of my internship my supervisor moved and I had to find a new one. My new supervisor recommended that I use the Supervision Log Form provided by the board.  Because I tend to be a creature of habit I resisted this change. This resulted in my having to transfer my hours from my original log to the official form.  It was a huge pain and I got confused in the mix of it.  It took me forever to get the numbers on the original log and the numbers on the new form to match.  Hear me now, just use the official form from the start. You will thank me later.

2.  Copies. Make copies of your copies and then copy those as well. Seriously. I had two wonderful supervisors throughout my internship.  They were organized, professional, and on top of everything.  Unfortunately they both moved to a different city. So when I couldn’t find my copies of my paperwork and decided to reach out to them and ask for theirs, everything was packed away.  It was stressful for everyone.

3. If there is a problem with your paperwork that is not quickly resolved email the board to formally request a copy of your records. If I had done this sooner, I would have quickly seen the problem and fixed it easily.  In fact, once I had the copy of my records, I was able to take care of the problem within an hour.

4. When contacting the board be pleasant and thorough.  Be prepared with a specific list of questions. You will not be offered information that you have not specifically asked about. For example, the first time I called I was told I was missing the jurisprudence exam. I rectified this, but still no license. The next time I called, I was informed that there was a mistake within the paperwork I filed and I would need to correct this mistake.  Later, after many more phone calls, I found out that there were actually 3 mistakes.  This brings me to my next tip.

5. Take notes while talking to the board and always ask who specifically you are speaking with.

6.  Last but not least, as my grandmother has always said, you get more flies with honey than with vinegar.  Once I corrected all mistakes and sent the new paperwork in via both email and fax (better safe than sorry) I made sure to include a letter explaining the corrections and apologizing for any inconvenience that the errors may have caused anyone. I cannot prove it, but I firmly believe that this made all the difference.  I was licensed less than 3 days later.  Ask anyone, that turnaround time is almost unheard of.

If you have any other tips or suggestions to help with the process of filing for your LPC license, please share them with us all by leaving a comment in the box below!

Good luck!

Tiffany Frias, LPC

Gift Guide: 2nd Counselor Edition

December is my favorite time of year and one of my favorite things to do during the holidays is give to others. And who deserves a gift more than those who help others – such as us hard working counselors?

Here are some great gifts for the dedicated and hard working counselor on your holiday list.

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1.scarf l $29                                                                                                                                   2. mugs l $10 (we could all use an afternoon pick-me-up in a pretty mug)

3. diffuser l $20 (set the stage for healing)

4. bookmark l $12.50  & journal (we do need to be doing our own awareness work, after all)51PQEkujxSL

5.  office calendar (lets face it – we are BUSY)

6.  slippers (to keep under our desk for those times in between clients) master_MOC184

 

7. e-reader (to keep up with all the articles and books we recommend to our clients)

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Comment below to add your own good counselor gift ideas.

Happy Holidays!

Tracy Cooper, MA, LPC

TCA Professional Growth Conference 2013

This year’s TCA Professional Growth Conference is in San Antonio and several of our colleagues are presenting. TCA’s Professional Growth Conference, is the largest annual conference for professional counselors who provide services in private practice settings, at elementary and secondary schools, on college campuses, in criminal justice settings, community mental health centers, hospitals, nursing homes/managed care facilities, and in other settings across Texas.The conference starts on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and ends on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

We previously asked for presentation information on Facebook and received information from our colleague, Julie Jarzombek. Below is information on Julie’s presentation, Internal Change for External Success: Counseling the obese in their Bariatric process:

Title of Session

Internal Change for External Success: Counseling the obese in their Bariatric process

Preferred Session Format

“1.5 hour Sectional Program”

More than once

Yes

Publish Email

Yes

Record Session

Yes

Program Summary

Who and what dictates’ our wellness status, disease or body image? Bariatric surgery is an innovative approach to treating obesity, but the question remains; why does it work for some and not others? This presentation will examine disordered eating behaviors among the obese population seeking to lose weight with bariatric surgery. Counseling implications and interventions will be discussed. Exploring excess weight as the external symptom from disconnected internal emotions, thoughts, sensations and energies in clients.

Rationale

Obesity is at its highest rate ever, resulting in clients presenting physical, psychological and social issues in session. Research suggests people who are obese are more likely to perceive themselves as unattractive, believe others make disparaging comments about their weight, dislike being in public, feel discrimination when applying for jobs, at work, church and doctor offices; all of which leads to negative self beliefs and fear of being in the world. This session will help counselors be aware of the affects obesity has on clients, overall functioning in the world.

Educational Content

In this eye-opening presentation, education and methods of counseling the obese will be discussed as well as experienced. Participants will be educated on bariatric surgery, gain insight related to obese clients and experience exercises meant to be applied with clients. Breathing techniques, energy work and expressive arts provide an avenue for clients to identify and name their issues, chiefly abuse, trauma, and loss; in a secure manner. Techniques covered in this presentation can be easily incorporated into existing counseling models and work easily with most theoretical backgrounds. Particular consideration will be given to the mental and emotional blocks held in the physical body and the importance of relation to the disordered eating behaviors and the client’s self-beliefs and body image. By understanding the emotional and mental blocks held within the body, clinicians are able to engage with clients in much more effective way and have a deeper perceptive of the unspoken issues. Participants will find these techniques are applicable to all clients who struggle with weight and body issues.

Usage of PowerPoint and distributing handouts.

Learning Objective 1

Learn the definition & types of bariatric surgery, risks and benefits.

Learning Objective 2

Learn the pre-op psychological process for clients & why it’s important.

Learning Objective 3

Learn the challenges in counseling the obese in their bariatric process.

Learning Objective 4

How to acknowledge key elements contributing to disordered eating behavior

Learning Objective 5

Learn somatic techniques to promote client awareness- relationship food.

Targeted Audience

All levels

Group Size

51-100

Track

Mental Health Counseling

If attending TCA, make sure to check out Julie’s presentation and share your TCA personal growth and experiences with us by commenting on this blog post.

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