I know it’s been a while and I have a LOT of posts to catch up on. First things first, updates
Since I last wrote, I have (1) graduated from Capella University with my Masters in Mental Health Counseling, (2) gotten hired on at my previous pre-graduate internship site, (3) taken and passed the National Counselor Exam, (4) Applied for and been accepted as a Counselor Intern (C.I.) with the Louisiana Board of Examiners, and (5) begun researching the National Health Service Corp.
When working on graduating, taking the licensing exams, and networking in a down economy it is essential to minimize distractions. Any one of these activities could be considered a full time job in and of itself, so my recommendation is to not be too hard on yourself and to pick and choose. It’s importance to balance professional pursuits with self-care. While I have done a “lot,” there is also a “lot” that has had to take a second place to self-care (or risk personal overload)! For instance, the article I am working (and hoping to publish) has been untouched since things began getting hectic (as has this blog).
I’m sorry I haven’t been writing/updating the site.
My number one recommendation to Counseling graduate students is to put every effort into putting your best foot forward at your pre-graduate internship site. Now this does not mean that one should feel pressured to be “the best most empathetic intern ever!”…in fact, far from it! The goals that one should set for oneself at a pre-graduate internship site may seem simple and include the following: (1) be 5-10min early for your scheduled shift, (2) call in advance to speak with your supervisor if you will be late or absent, (3) be willing to WORK (and I mean get down and dirty, do whatever goofer work is asked of you type work), (4) try to be proactive with your work rather than re-active (the site will expect you to make mistakes – making it easier for a pre-graduate intern to make a “mistake,” revise and learn from it…so RISK it)!, and (5) show gratitude to the rest of the work staff team (admissions, the nursing staff, doctors, and counseling in a multi-professional environment all work together and their work affects that of each other!…a box of doughnuts on a busy Wed morning can go a long way to meeting the rest of the team and to increase communication/learning opportunities which could later bridge into career opportunities).
I’m hoping to continue updating weekly and will have more details to come.:) Thanks everyone for all your patience while updating/catching up.