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

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Presentation: Chronic Pain

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Join us on October 5th from 10am-12pm  for an opportunity to hear Desirae Ysasi, LPC, present on chronic pain.

This event will be held at Novian Counseling and Neuroeducation Center. Cost is $15 per person.  You can register for this event by leaving a comment below. Advance payment is required (see the paypal “Buy Now” link below). Space is limited to 10 people so register early!

After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to mingle and network. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn about chronic pain, connect with others, and build your name in the counseling field!

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Networking Event

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We are pleased to announce our next networking event!

This event will focus on brief therapy approaches as previously decided by our members. We are hoping to get a turnout of 10 members to this event. The format of this event will be a discussion group. This means that each person attending should be prepared to contribute their thoughts and experience regarding brief therapy approaches.

These events are designed to provide both support and opportunities to network yourself in our field. Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with others, increase your support system, and build your name in the counseling field!

This event will be held on Saturday 6/22/13 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Novian Counseling & Neuroeducation Center.  Please email us at SACounselors@gmail.com to register for this event.

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Networking Event

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Its that time again…time for our next networking event!

After receiving feedback from our members it was decided that our next event will focus on brief therapy approaches.  We are hoping to get a turnout of 10 members to this event. The format of this event will be discussion group. This means that each person attending should be prepared to contribute their thoughts and experience regarding brief therapy approaches.

These events are designed to provide both support and opportunities to network yourself in our field. Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with others, increase your support system, and build your name in the counseling field!

This event will be held on Saturday 4/27/13 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Novian Counseling & Neuroeducation Center.  Please email us at SACounselors@gmail.com to register for this event.

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Networking Event Success

We had another successful networking event! Thanks to all who attended and for sharing your personal means of self care and burn-out. Here are a few articles shared on self care and burnout:

http://ct.counseling.org/2013/01/whos-taking-care-of-superman/

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3790568/Unravelling2013.pdf

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/01/13/6-ways-you-can-have-a-healthy-relationship-with-yourself/

Compassion Satisfaction/Fatigue Assessment

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The photo above was a part of this article, http://www.livehiup.com/2012/08/25/natural-self-care-series-laughter/, which poses another interesting means of self-care.

If you were unable to attend this event, please share with us what you do for your own self care.

Remember to take care of YOU and we hope to see you at our next event!

Tiffany, Tracy & Virginia

Pilot Peer Group

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We have found interaction with peers through our networking group to be an invaluable experience and would like to increase the interaction by creating a small peer group.

What is a small peer group? A small peer group is a closed group with 6 to 8 members that meet bi-weekly or monthly to discuss case consultations, marketing strategies, resources and more.

I am a member of a peer support group in Dallas. This group has been beneficial to me because it has provided me with consistent guidance and support from tenured counselors. Through participation in this peer group, I have learned about community agencies, employment opportunities, client and professional resources, helpful trainings, and marketing strategies.

An additional component of the peer support group, which has been important to my growth, is the discussion of case consultations. These discussions have provided me with a new perspective as well as potential interventions to be used.

Finally, we arrange for additional training as needed, which may include hiring professionals and or demonstrating interventions during our meetings. For instance, together we decided that ethics training was necessary; therefore, we hired a lawyer and debriefed on ethics, private practice forms, subpoenas, and more.

The SA Counselors Networking Group is planning to create a small peer group, which will start as a pilot group. The pilot group will allow for discussion of case consultations, marketing strategies, private practice questions, and more.

If interested in being a part of our pilot group, please email us at sacounselors@gmail.com your name, title, and availability.

We hope to hear from you and have you as a member of our small peer support group!

Best Regards,

Tracy Cooper, MA, LPC-Intern

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