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2017 Super Brain Summit Recorded Session Topics

Presentations by Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD Lecture #1: A Practical Guide to Your Brain’s Plasticity There’s been a revolution in brain science that provides us with a new understanding of the basis of origin of our unique individual personhoods. That science also helps us understand ‘what goes wrong’ in an accounting for developmental or acquired […]

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World-renowned professor bestowed the Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award

The American Counseling Association selected Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University and co-director for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR), to receive the 2017 Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award for her efforts in blazing new trails in neurocounseling. The Garry R. Walz trailblazer award, established […]

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Recognizing signs of domestic abuse in clients

Domestic violence is, regrettably, a ubiquitous problem in the U.S. and across the world. According to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, every year, on average, some 10 million adults across the U.S. experience some form of physical abuse from an intimate partner. Incidence rates suggest that as many as one in three […]

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Super Brain Summit: 2017

2017 Super Brain Summit March 3, 2017 Bradley University • Michel Student Center Ballroom The Super Brain Summit is a one-day conference showcasing two internationally known experts in the fields of neuroplasticity and neurotherapy. Additionally, this year’s event will focus on discussing and teaching emotional and physiological self-regulation, so attendees can learn how to take […]

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Strategies for helping clients cope with depression during the holidays

For some individuals, the holidays are a time of excitement and joy — an opportunity to celebrate and spend precious time with loved ones. For others, however, the holidays can engender feelings of anxiety, depression and isolation. Colloquially known as “the holiday blues,” this form of seasonal-based depression often can be managed well with the […]

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Working with clients living with cancer

Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the U.S. and across the world. According to statistics from the National Cancer Institute, roughly 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. There are various forms of cancer, ranging in impact from mild to life threatening. Cancers of the colon, […]

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Understanding the quarter-life crisis

Often, the 20s and early 30s are thought to be the best time of a person’s life. Individuals in this age range are generally in good health, have minimal responsibilities and are able to explore opportunities and take chances in both their professional and private lives. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that young adults […]

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Building trust with counseling clients

One of a counselor’s first objectives when meeting with a client is to build some form of trust. If clients don’t have confidence in their relationship with their counselor, they are less likely to open up about the challenges that they’re facing, much less be open to discussing these challenges with the person with whom […]

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Five reasons to pursue a master’s degree in counseling online

A master’s degree is required to gain certification as a professional counselor. According to the American Counseling Association, common specializations of this higher degree include: Addiction Counseling Career Counseling Clinical Mental Health or Community Agency Counseling Marriage Counseling Couple and Family Counseling School Counseling Student Affairs and College Counseling Gerontological Counseling Counselor Education and Supervision* […]

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How can counselors impact communities going through catastrophic events?

In August 2016, areas of Louisiana experienced extreme levels of flooding that destroyed property, displaced residents and caused multiple fatalities. Even though those individuals who lived in the area experienced different amounts of trauma from the natural disaster, people around the world felt its impact, whether by directly experiencing some form of loss or simply […]

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Military suicide prevention: What counselors need to know

Suicide is a topic that increasingly is becoming a part of the public dialogue about mental health in the U.S. A public health concern as well as a topic often encountered by professional counselors, the desire to end one’s life is a complex issue that requires sensitivity and proper training to address. While suicide rates […]

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Five volunteer opportunities for counselors

Every day, counselors help clients to navigate the challenges that they face in their daily lives. However, there are many people living in the U.S. who would benefit from the sessions that a counselor can provide but are unable to gain access to it for a variety of reasons, whether due to personal finances, time […]

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The importance of CACREP accreditation in MAC programs

Whether you have a background in counseling or are entering the field after a career change, choosing the right Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program can have a huge impact on your career. A MAC program can be a valuable asset, both when applying to jobs and working with clients, and consequently, it is […]

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The revolutionary Boys and Girls Club toolkit: What counselors can learn

Volunteers who sacrifice their time and energy to help others in the community are valuable resources for nonprofits that want to make a difference. However, the men and women who donate their valuable time and energy, while well-intentioned, are not always equipped to handle the challenges that can come from working with individuals who have […]

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Counseling clients with invisible disabilities

If a person misses multiple days of work because of influenza, an employer likely will understand. After all, no one wants to spread the flu throughout the workplace, and the symptoms are fairly clear. But, what if someone repeatedly calls in sick because of sheer exhaustion, an undiagnosed condition frequently referred to as chronic fatigue […]

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Identifying common settings for bullying

All too often, society’s view of bullying is simplified to no more than mean words thrown between children on the playground. Although this kind of behavior is an all-too-common occurrence among children, the reach — and consequent emotional toll — of bullying is not limited to childhood. Counselors often find that their adult clients are […]

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Ten best mobile apps for stress and anxiety

The digital health revolution has changed how clients’ needs are dealt with in a number of ways. While mobile apps are used to improve physical health through strategies such as encouraging exercise and tracking symptoms of chronic conditions, these tools also have expanded into the field of mental health. “Using technology during sessions has changed […]

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Six ways counselors can help clients dealing with major change

Even though everyone goes through change, it sometimes can be difficult without help. Consequently, it is common for individuals experiencing major life changes to seek assistance navigating these transitions through counseling. Identifying major life changes Major changes can come in a number of different forms. They can include moving to a different city, venturing into […]

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How mental health affects physical health

When a person is experiencing emotional or mental distress, meeting with a counselor often is helpful. If the problem is physical in nature, however, a physician typically is recommended. But that does not mean that these challenges are always completely unrelated. Although the mind and the body often are viewed as separate entities, when it […]

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How Does Your State Rank for Well-being?

The area that you live in can have a significant impact on your life. From weather variations to job opportunities and school locations, it would be difficult to argue that the quality of your life is completely separate from your surroundings. And, that concept may extend to the state you live in, as well. Gallup […]

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Counseling after acts of terrorism

Acts of terrorism affect not only those individuals who were directly involved in the event but also those who experienced it secondhand through its impact on loved ones or coverage in the media. To process through these acts of terror and move forward without living in fear, many people employ the services of a counselor. […]

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How to Convince Your Partner to Attend Marriage Counseling

Partners can be stubborn about many things. However, one area they tend to be particularly obstinate about is attending marriage counseling. Many spouses are unwilling to admit that the marriage needs help and will make negative statements about counselors and claim their services are a waste of money. However, this form of relationship counseling can […]

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How to Overcome Cultural Stigma Surrounding Counseling

Counseling is a useful tool that can help people develop coping skills and process emotions and feelings. But for some, the negative stigma that surrounds therapy sessions is a major deterrent to seeking help. Despite a growing awareness of the benefits of counseling for people of all backgrounds and situations of life, this negative perception […]

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How to Help Your Clients Cope with Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a possible experience that affects thousands of women each year. However, many women and their partners rarely recognize the signs of postpartum depression, and some women understand the symptoms but do not have the resources to seek treatment. This situation can be problematic, as it can affect relationships and care of the […]

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Understand happiness counseling and teach clients how to find it

Many of us wish to feel good and experience a sense of contentment with everyday life experiences, which, in turn, leads to happiness. But, today’s definition of happiness (as a multifaceted construct) is not what happiness meant to the first thinkers who explained ethics and the nature of humanity. For our purposes, we will consider […]

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How to Teach Clients Self-Regulation Skills

An important role for counselors is teaching clients how to self-regulate. This instruction encourages them to work toward keeping harmful or disruptive emotions in check and thinking before they act. People who self-regulate are better able to see the good in other people, identify opportunities where others might not, act in accordance with their values […]

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Super brain summit: 13 fascinating brain facts

The live portion of the Super Brain Summit is complete. The recorded lectures are now available through May 20, 2016. Register online to watch all the lectures and earn your CEUs. Here are 13 unique and fascinating ideas learned from the lectures: Dr. Leslie Sherlin spoke about peak performance and suggested that we are all performers […]

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Top lesson I have learned as a counselor

Lori Russell-Chapin: Treat all clients with respect I have been teaching graduate counseling courses and practicing counseling for over 30 years. The biggest lesson I have learned, and continue to learn, is that clients come into my office in a vulnerable and tender emotional and physiological state. I am constantly reminded what an honor and […]

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Super brain summit

Inaugural Super Brain Summit April 28-30, 2016 Bradley University and the Center for Collaborative Brain Research (CCBR) are hosting the inaugural Super Brain Summit: a three-day, online video conference extravaganza showcasing internationally known experts on the many, diverse wonders of the brain. Twelve featured speakers will share distinctive 40-minute presentations regarding a brain-related topic of […]

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