Success

FOCUS ON: The Positive Side of Success International Positive Psychology’s 5th World Conference offered new ways to think about what people want in regards to health, happiness, and success. First, what you achieve at work is not as important as “relational energy” – your ability to motive or energize others. Second, your mindset has physical […]

Counselor Competencies

FOCUS ON: Active Listening Can Make Everyone Happier Deep positive relationships begins with the most important element of good communication: active listening. The empathetic counseling relationships requires mastery of this art. Review and practice these steps toward more active listening from this Positive Psychology resource. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Be Careful and Be Open to Theories Comfort, […]

The Job Search Jungle

FOCUS ON: Defining Unemployment Job seekers are not always specifically those out of work. Yes, some may be unemployed, but they may also be underemployed or have given up on finding employment. Terms such as “discouraged workers” or “marginally attached workers” are used in addition to terms such as “the real unemployment rate” and “nonsense.” […]

New Growth in Spring

 FOCUS ON: Adult Learners Are Different Practitioners who encourage clients to pursue professional development (or want to pursue it for themselves) need to understand the principles behind adult learning. This will help the adult keep the end goal in mind, while selecting a practical program that is self-directed. When adults get too pressed for time […]

Being the First

  FOCUS ON:First You Were a Student The initial learning process for counselors-in-training requires the navigation of of individual learning styles and management of expectations while developing skills that affect the interpersonal roles that shape the counseling outcome. Learning to master basic skills first, before jumping into applying theoretically-based techniques is a goal for beginning students. […]

Soft Skills and Leadership

FOCUS ON: The Soft Skills Gap Having technical skills may get the job done, but soft skills will keep job going. People skills, work ethic, attitude, and emotional intelligence are just a few that are crucial. When the organization is facing an inability to retain clients, high staff turnover, and managers who don’t lead, can […]

Feedback

FOCUS ON: Is the Feedback Clear and Motivating? Giving transformational feedback and receiving difficult feedback takes time to learn. And leveraging feedback for the greatest benefit may be even harder. Use these tips from “Learning as Leadership” to ensure that you and your clients are moving forward.   FOR PRACTITIONERS: Overcoming the Yes-But Response Your […]

21st Century College Courses

FOCUS ON: Colleges that Go Beyond the 3 R’s Getting today’s students excited about learning in a college classroom may take more than eradicating a 600-seat-lecture hall. The courses colleges offer should be on top of today’s technology – courses such as “Level Design and Development for Video Games”, “Technology Entrepreneurship” and “Audio for the […]