The Thoughtful Counselor

About The Thoughtful Counselor is a podcast that is dedicated to producing great conversations around current topics in counseling and psychotherapy. We view counseling and psychotherapy as a deeply beautiful and complex process, and strive to incorporate both the art and science of the field in each episode.
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Nov 30, 2016

A conversation with Dr. Dee Ray - professor of counseling and higher education at the University of North Texas and Director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic - on what play therapy is (and what it's not), the functions and messages of play, and the long history of history and effectiveness of play therapy.

Dee's Faculty Page at University of North Texas

A Therapist's Guide to Child Development: The Extraordinarily Normal Years

Center for Play Therapy @ UNT

The Association for Play Therapy

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Nov 23, 2016

A conversation Dr. Samuel Gladding - professor and chair of the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and former president of the American Counseling Association - on defining creativity, creative mediums counselors can employ in their work, and the SCAMPER model of becoming more creative. Oh, and a poetry reading.

Sam's website at Wake Forest University

Sam's book: The Creative Arts in Counseling (5th edition) at Amazon

Rainer Maria Rilke's I Love the Dark Hours of My Beijing...

Maya Angelou's Human Family

Nov 17, 2016

A conversation with Dr. Donna Sheperis - remote core faculty at Palo Alto University, former co-chair of the ACA Ethics Committee, and author of numerous articles and a textbook on counseling ethics - on how counselors can navigate counseling after a turbulent and divisive election. We talk about post-election stress, managing values conflicts with our clients, helping clients prepare for the holidays, and the counseling profession's role as advocates for minorities and the marginalized.

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Donna's faculty page at PAU

Donna's Book: Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor

Nov 9, 2016

A conversation with Dr. Janeé R. Avent - assistant professor in the counselor education program at East Carolina University - on African American mental health, the need for counselors to understand African American spirituality and the influence of the Black church, and general best practices for counseling and advocacy with our African American clients.

An article in The Professional Counselor by Janeé called The Black Church: Theology and Implications for Counseling African Americans

Janeé's staff page at ECU

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