Career counselors at the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic use cognitive information processing theory and Holland’s theory to help guide our career counseling services. In this post, we'll explain what that means for our clients and provide an idea of what to expect from career counseling.
Some of our counselors have agreed to write short posts introducing themselves and providing their take on various areas of interest. In this post, Christopher Perez shares some valuable insight into what he has learned about the counseling process.
My name is Christopher Perez, and I am currently in the third year of my doctoral training in counseling psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. My research interests relate to positive parenting practices. That is, I study what parents can do to increase the likelihood of positive mental health in their children. On the clinical side of things, I have worked with college students, Veterans, and sex offenders, with each setting offering unique challenges that stimulate my eagerness to learn more.
Mindfulness originated as a Buddhist meditation practice and has been around for thousands of years. It has received increased attention from mental health professionals in recent years. In fact, some counselors and psychologists are incorporating aspects of mindfulness into their treatment for a variety of mental health concerns. Mindfulness-based approaches are also popular for stress management and improving one's ability to cope with a variety of challenging situations. If you’ve heard the term “mindfulness,” you may have wondered what it is and why it has become so popular.
Every year, advanced doctoral students in applied psychology programs around the country complete a highly competitive application and interview process for internship positions at a variety of clinical settings. These students typically spend their final year of training working full-time as psychology interns in these settings. Since there are more applicants than available internship placements, the process can be a stressful one.
Most adults spend a significant portion of their daily lives at work. When one is satisfied with one's job, it can be extremely rewarding and provide an important source of meaning in one's life. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a career they enjoy. Moreover, it is not uncommon for our feelings about our job to change over time. It can be difficult to know what to do when we realize that we no longer like our job.
The idea of quitting may force us to confront financial uncertainty. How long would it take us to find another job? What would we do in the meantime? And perhaps most intimidating of all, who is to say we would like our next job any better than we like our current job? If you have ever felt "stuck" in a job you dislike, these concerns will probably be familiar.
Do you have any New Year's resolutions for 2017? If you are like most of us, you have struggled to stick to some (or all) of your resolutions in prior years. It is tough to maintain one's motivation when one is not seeing results, stress increases, or time becomes more scarce.
So what will make this year different? How are you planning to succeed in 2017?
The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will reopen for services on January 17. Whether you are a current client who is ready to return or someone interested in seeking services for the first time, please feel free to call to schedule an appointment.