Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Clinic Closed Until January 16

Consistent with the University of Southern Mississippi's schedule, the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is now closed for the break between the Fall and Spring terms. We will re-open on January 16, 2018. Anyone who anticipates needing services prior to January 16 should contact another provider.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

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Time Management Tips and Tricks

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It is common to feel like we do not have enough hours in the day to accomplish everything we'd like to do. Running out of time is often a stressful experience and may lead us to make mistakes in our work, further compounding our stress. Fortunately, effective time management skills are something we can learn. At the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, time management is one of the most common areas with which we assist our clients.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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World Mental Health Day

World Health Organization FlagWorld Mental Health Day is observed each year on October 10 in order to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote efforts to support mental health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide."

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Learn About the Clinic: Our First Sway

"I wish I had known about you sooner" is something our counselors often hear from first-time clients. As a small university-based psychology clinic without an advertising budget, it is often challenging to let people know about us and the services we provide.

Thanks to our new Assistant Case Records Coordinator, Taylor Bolton, you can now find some information about the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic and our services in the form of a brief presentation she created using Office Sway.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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How to Email a Professor

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Email is one of the most common ways college students contact their professors in between office hours. Unfortunately, many students write emails to professors like they write text messages to their friends. Needless to say, this is off-putting to many professors.

A basic understanding of email etiquette is important. It ensures that you will avoid common mistakes that can lead professors to form negative impressions of you. It can also help you present yourself in a positive manner in a variety of professional contexts. The good news is that appropriate email etiquette is simple to learn.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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National Suicide Prevention Month

#BeThe1To prevent suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is sharing the Lifeline's message that everyone has a role to play when it comes to preventing suicide. They are inviting everyone to share the #BeThe1To message on social media, encouraging us all to "Be The 1 To" help someone who is struggling.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

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How to Perform Well in Online Courses

Online Learning StudentFully online courses are becoming more popular, as they provide students with increased access and flexibility. At the University of Southern Mississippi, we find that online courses are especially appealing during the Summer term because they enable many students to take classes while working full-time and/or living outside the local area. Unfortunately, online courses have a well-deserved reputation for being more difficult for many students than their traditional face-to-face counterparts.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Fall 2017 Hours

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We hope you enjoyed your summer! The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will reopen for services on August 16. If 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 today.

Our hours for the Fall 2017 term are as follows:
  • Mondays 8:00 AM - Noon, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesdays 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursdays 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Fridays 8:00 AM - Noon
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Clinic Closed Until August 16

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The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is now closed for the break between the Summer and Fall academic terms at the University of Southern Mississippi. We will re-open on August 16 with expanded Fall hours. Anyone who anticipates needing services prior to then should contact another provider.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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What to Expect From Therapy

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The decision to seek counseling or psychotherapy for the first time is rarely an easy one. Feelings of ambivalence are common, and the idea of confiding in a stranger can be intimidating. Having an accurate idea of what to expect is often helpful in reducing this sort of anxiety and empowering individuals to obtain the greatest benefit from the experience.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

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Tips for Academic Success

College can be a challenging time. Many students are transitioning from teenager to adult, making new friends, preparing for their future careers, and experiencing a brand new sense of independence. Needless to say, keeping one's grades up can sometimes be an afterthought.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

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Summer 2017 Hours

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The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic re-opens for services on June 6. Our hours for the Summer 2017 term are as follows:
  • Tuesdays 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursdays 8:00 AM - Noon
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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Clinic Closed Until June 6

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Consistent with the university's schedule, the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is now closed for the break between the Spring and Summer terms. We will re-open on June 6. Anyone who anticipates needing services prior to June 6 should contact another provider.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Our Mission

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By Credwine [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is the training clinic operated by the Counseling Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Our mission involves the following three components:
  • Service 
  • Training 
  • Research 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

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What to Expect From Career Counseling

career
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.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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Considering Counseling? Ambivalence is Normal

Christopher Perez
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.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Mindfulness and How Can It Help

be mindfulMindfulness 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.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Counseling Psychology Doctoral Students Match for Internship

Seal of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (1989-2012)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.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

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Career Counseling in Hattiesburg

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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.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Sticking to New Year's Resolutions

New-Year Resolutions listDo 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?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Spring 2017 Hours

Spring crocus
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.
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