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Working Together on Self-Care: School Counselors and Teachers

During their graduate program, school counselors are often taught about self-care as a counselor and the prevention of burnout. When working with students, these same concepts can be applied to teachers. One of the roles that school counselors play in education is that of collaborator. Without teamwork within the school, students may not receive the resources that they need to succeed. Naturally, school counselors can help teachers address their burnout and assist in ways such as reducing teacher-student relationship stress, improving communication with families, and help students in conflict when it's affecting their classroom learning.

#WhyIAmACounselor: Share Your Counseling Career Journey

Thinking about becoming a counselor? Are you a counseling veteran? Do you want to spread awareness on the counseling profession and mental illness? We've asked 25 counselors about the most rewarding thing about their career. Their responses speak volume about the profession. We're continuing the conversation on counselor and mental illness awareness to pair with NAMI's Mental Illness Awareness Week. Join us in the conversation - tell us why your career as a counselor is so rewarding!

Perseverance, Determination, and Grit - Journey to Become a Mental Health Counselor

From star athlete to custodian turned mental health counselor, Jesse Sparks' journey to obtaining his master's degree in counseling was influenced by his determination to make a difference in children's lives who come from diverse backgrounds. 

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

Since 2014, the month of June has been dedicated to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder awareness. Specifically, in 2010 the U.S. Congress has named June 27th of every year thereafter as PTSD Awareness Day. After experiencing a traumatic event, some men, women, and/or children develop stressful reactions to memories, thoughts, and/or feelings that are associated with their experience.

Counselor Self-Care Series: Your Counseling Internship and Self-Care

The field of counseling is very flexible and it has its opportunity to make a true difference in the lives of those suffering from mental health illnesses. Being a counselor could save many lives as it has been true for myself. All those can be reasons why an individual sought to be a counselor; however while working in the field and attempting to find a niche, reality has a way of intruding.

Applying to Graduate School: What to Know

Graduate degree programs offer a much more subject centric education. For an average of two years, students take coursework that is solely specific to their major. Undergraduate education often requires core curriculum coursework to be taken first [...]