Welcome to the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic's blog!

We provide affordable, quality psychological services to the University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg community. For more information, call (601) 266-4601 or visit our webpage.


Here are some of the things you can expect to find on our blog:

  • Information about our services and upcoming events
  • The latest mental health news
  • Tips for promoting health and wellness

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Does Something Have to Be Wrong With Me to Seek Counseling?

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It is a mistake to assume that something has to be wrong with you before you can benefit from counseling. We work with many people to improve the quality of their relationships, better adjust to life transitions, or foster personal growth. There is nothing "wrong" with many of our clients; they just want to improve their lives in some way.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Doctoral Program Receives Reaccreditation From APA

We received big news today from Dr. Bonnie Nicholson, Director of Training of the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Southern Mississippi:
I am pleased to inform you that the Counseling Psychology doctoral program received word today that we received a full 7 years in our reaccreditation cycle through the Commission on Accreditation and the American Psychological Association! 
This is great news for all graduate students and faculty associated with the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic and the Counseling Psychology Program.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

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Healthy Boundaries: What They Are, Why They’re Important, and How You’ll Know if You’re Missing Them

Its SpringDo you feel like you’re being taken advantage of at work? Are you spreading yourself too thin? Are you allowing others to treat you in a manner that is not respectful or healthy? If you are communicating your needs to others, do they listen? Do you have a chip on your shoulder?

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Symptoms of Mental Illness Often Interfere With Performance at Work

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If you follow mental health news at all, you have probably heard about some recent changes to the manner in which mental health problems are diagnosed. An updated version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (i.e., DSM-5) was published in May of 2013. Some of the revisions to DSM-5 have been controversial, especially those that involve changes to the criteria of certain mental disorders.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

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Helping Someone Who is Suicidal

Suicide is unfortunately common and the thought of someone we love considering suicide is overwhelming. While there are some things we can do to help in such a situation, it is important to recognize that someone facing a suicidal crisis is likely to need professional help. One of the most important things we can do is provide support and help the person connect with a mental health provider. Obtaining professional help in a timely manner may be the difference between life and death.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

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ADHD Linked to Serious Motor Vehicle Accidents

difference-between-add-and-adhdAttention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the more common mental illnesses diagnosed in childhood. Mental health professionals used to think that children with ADHD outgrew the disorder during the teen years, but it is now clear that many people with childhood ADHD will continue to experience symptoms throughout adolescence and into adulthood.

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