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Autism: Helpful tips from Professional Counsellors

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 66 children and youth between the ages of 5 and 17 in Canada (“Infographic: Autism Spectrum Disorder,” 2018). While ASD includes a range of conditions which can vary in the specific...
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Bipolar Disorder: Helpful tips from Professional Counsellors

Affecting approximately 1% of the general population, bipolar disorder is a mental illness that is still in need of greater understanding and awareness (HealthLinkBC, n.d.). For example, many people may know that manic episodes are often characterized by an elevated mood and sense of self-esteem...
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The ACE study and what it means for trauma counsellors

Much attention has been directed towards the transformative power of grit, hard work, and perseverance. Studies have determined that those who possess “grit” are more likely to follow through on commitments, stay in school, and succeed later in life (Duckworth, n.d.). However, tenacity may only...
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[Infographic] Returning to College as a Mature Student: Your Guide to Success

The decision to return to college later in life is a significant one. Whether you’re craving a change of pace, a more rewarding career, or are finally in a place where going back to school is feasible, navigating the transition between working full-time and becoming a student may seem daunting at...
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Mental Health in Sports: What Students in Counsellor Training Need to Know

Competitive sports present unique mental health challenges, with greater risks of mental illness and a high-performance culture that often stigmatizes disclosure. In the past few years, athletes and coaches have drawn public attention to mental health risks in sports, a cause championed by figures...
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Rhodes Wellness College Partner Spotlight: Coast Mental Health

On the first day of her practicum with Coast Mental Health, Rhodes graduate Jill Cherewyk was encouraged to build client connections right away. “The number one priority was for me to just move in and make a connection with the clients” Jill recalls, “that was a very good sign for me”...
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Why a Sense of Purpose Leads to Happiness, and What it Means for Counsellor Training

While it might sound counterintuitive, it has been suggested that making happiness itself a goal could actually have a detrimental effect on individual wellbeing. This was the finding of a paper entitled Can Seeking Happiness Make People Happy? Paradoxical Effects of Valuing Happiness. Therein, a...
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Teaching Clients to Recognize and Defuse Anger Once You Become a Counsellor

It’s well known that feelings of anger can have a negative impact on a client’s health and relationships. Research shows that lingering and chronic anger are associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke, can weaken immune response, and can even lead to reduced life expectancy...
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Talk Therapy vs. Somatic Approaches: Which Is More Effective for Professional Counsellors?

Demand for qualified counsellors has been growing across Canada. In fact, according to the Government of Canada, between “2015-2024, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 16,200, while 16,000 new job seekers (arising from school leavers,...
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Employment Counselling as a Career Option for Graduates of Counsellor Training

For many individuals, the transition from one career or job to another can be a stressful experience. Uncertainty, insecurity, and a fear of failure can lead those seeking employment to feel discouraged. However, the process of transitioning into a new career doesn’t have to be negative! In fact,...
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