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Blue Skies Release~ Higher education contradictions fuel creative collaboration


Blogger friend of mine who resides in the UK, Martin Hughes of The University Blog, has had the fantastic opportunity to contribute a Chapter to a book on higher education. And you can access that book, Blue Skies , right here!

What a wonderful opportunity to read about the global paradigm shift to an emphasis on You~ the student, as the centre for policy planning and curriculum and other training delivery practices.

Hughes’ Chapter, Why contradiction is (and always will be) higher education’s great strength celebrates the plural environment of higher ed in the 21st century and the creative energy that is brought to educational character, due to contradictions inherent in a collective of differences.

Public funding is decreasing for universities. Specialisation may be sought as the key to sustainability, however, such a narrow range of ‘products’ could trade academic identity and sense of discovery, for hegemony through marketisation. Hughes points out that diversity is at work here, and inclusion of commodification as an option will enhance competition and overall collaboration.

He promotes ‘creative leadership’ (p. 52) which is a flexibility in approach to plan implementations rather than goal focused; is open to continuous change; and is a measurable construct.

Education as a concept is subjective and covers such varied purposes that universities cannot help but compete “on status rather than educational effectiveness” (Browne, 2010 cited in Hughes, 2008 ).

Hughes introduces the Reader to Lincoln’s Student as Producer, active learning by participating in research activities is promoted; student as academic adventurer rather than consumer.

Focus moves from subjects and qualifications to a way of being (Hughes, 2008, p. 53).

PSI Tutor:Mentor is excited to be surfing on the crest of this remapping of academic literacies and cultures. Our service adds to the higher education diversity from the private business sector. External study support and counselling aid for tertiary students in the social sciences (amongst others) is shown to be needed (we are collecting survey data this year), appreciated, challenging to design and deliver.

In higher education, there is definitly a place for additional time and resources to be invested in additional curriculum tutoring, academic identity development and counselling/mentor support and referral services.

What is your take on the book? On Martin’s Chapter?


MHA $1 for 30-Days Access: First 250 signups get the deal!

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Mental Health Academy

From tomorrow you can get 30-days unlimited access to thousands of dollars worth of professional development courses and resources, for just $1.

You’ll get unlimited access to 63 premium quality courses, 19 Summit Videos, accrue PD points/hours with your professional Association and enhance your knowledge in a range of mental health disciplines, for a full 30-days.

We’re also throwing in 3 high quality bonus Video Workshops, normally valued at $237, including:

1. An Integrative Approach to Anxiety (50min).
2. Erikson’s Development Stages, Attachment Theory and Adler (60min).
3. Counselling Methods and Role-Plays (70min).


Don’t miss this incredible opportunity:

PS There are strictly only 250 trial memberships available. Register TOMORROW so you don’t miss out.


Resilience Leadership Project~ Sign up with Vol QLD for a Cert. in Natural Disaster Leadership


Looking for a way to give-back…? A 3-Day Resilience Leadership Workshop to be held in Cairns, 2011. Relevant and critical skills to aid community resilience prior to, during and post natural disaster.

Hosted by Volunteer Queensland~


Tal Fitzpatrick

Leadership Program Coordinator

Natural Disasters Resilience Project
Volunteering Queensland Inc.

Tel: 07 3002 7600
Mob: 0410 606 864
Fax: 07 3229 2392


Free Tunes~ Seether on Rockline Radio

Seether’s latest trax and some goldies from the past hosted on Rockline Radio.

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Free Online Textbooks and other Open Academic Resources

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Syllogism Practice~



Counselling Skills Development Reflection~ Term one realisations


I am putting my learning into practice~ listening listening ~:-) Yesterday I saw that a student was wanting to share some very personal anxieties about her course and how she felt~ anyways, i tried to reflect in action to go through the 3 stages and let her become the empty teacup before summarising or suggesting strategies.

For future reference, I can see how I can better support students that I mentor, especially emotionally and~ critical~ to share spiritual/life-meaning philosophical approaches to experiencing, navigating and creating solutions.

My writing is also improving I would like to think ~:-) This aids in my communication with self, colleagues, clients and daily interactions really.

Most challenging has been the real-play, when a friend and I must ‘cross that line’ between conversation and therapeutic alliance. Stage 1 of Egan’s Skilled Helper model is like entering the labyrinth~ and you are both there together. What an adventure ~:-)

The fuzzy grey gateway to talking about issues in a way that does not avoid eventually meeting them head on is a step into another dimension of reality.

Day-to-day routines and commitments make for busy lives, and these lifestyles are embedded in a socio-culture that is time and quantity dependant, economically value driven and avoids change to interpersonal relationships. Hierarchies and dominator-dominated roles at the institutional level are maintained by daily interactions that avoid becoming vulnerable to enable active listening, tuning into another and sharing of oneself.

Crossing the threshold to ‘the bare bones’ of issues does expose the Helper and Helpee, and I find this challenging. Mythological the therapeutic alliance is a descent into the depths of the Earth~ change, so death of something will occur for regeneration~ from Stage 1 to Stage 3 of Egan’s model, the alliance is a barque transporting us as the sun through the night (confusion, maze, challenges) to a treasured dawn. The crisis is the key. The maze, amazing.

It is always the first step don’t you find ~:-)…


Counselling and Other Social Science Journals~ Free access!

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Here is a copy of the newsletter I received recently from Mental Health Academy:

It was stated perfectly by Anthony Robbins:
“We live in an age where we’re drowning in information and starving for wisdom.”

Well, we’ve done something about it. We have just launched an exciting new section to our website, the MHA Journal Library. The library showcases hundreds of Australian and International journals and articles – all available to you at absolutely no cost.
Right now you can access over 600 journal articles in counselling, psychology, psychiatry, mental health systems, family studies, workplace issues, and a range of other topics. And as all articles are available in PDF format, you can download and save them at any time.
Currently publishers include:
-       Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (21 articles/journals)
-       Australian Counselling Association (13 articles/journals)
-       Australian Institute of Family Studies (44 articles/journals)
-       Nature Publishing Group (187 articles/journals)
-       BioMed Central (70 articles/journals)
-       University of Calgary Press (43 articles/journals)
-       cphJournal (63 articles/journals)
-       National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (46 articles/journals)
-       Physicians Postgraduate Press (57 articles/journals)
-       BACP Workplace (65 articles/journals)
Over the next few months we’ll continue to expand our range of publishers, aiming to increase our list of open-access journals and articles. To access the library, simply click the following link:
And of course, please share this resource with your colleagues and friends. Just forward this email and/or use the Facebook and Twitter social media buttons (in the Journals page) to spread the word.
Enjoy your learning.
Kind regards,

Pedro Gondim

Operations Manager,
Mental Health Academy.
PS In coming months we will also be working on upgrades to the library, including the implementation of practical search & filter mechanisms to assist you find specific articles by keyword/s, date and other criteria. Stay tuned for updates.

How is Counselling from a Tutor:Mentor Useful to the Student?


Today we have a guest post from Sterling Josey, Psych graduate.

Counselling uses multiple skills that are useful for the Tutor:Mentor. Common counselling skills include the ability to organise a stable pattern of client sessions; active listening; body language; asking probing, challenging or tentative questions; and paraphrasing/summarising (Steven, 2010). Tutor:Mentors that are competent with basic counselling techniques can facilitate student participation in their learning communities off and on campus, as well as contribute to student satisfaction with their courses and high quality learning outcomes.

Academic management planning can provide the student with an ongoing learning and social support resource. Sessions suited to the students needs can be designed and include elements to support motivation, enable debriefing about academic or personal concerns, facilitate brainstorming for problem-solving and goal setting, and share strategies for decreasing anxiety. Thus, assessment of each student’s support needs to be ongoing.

Active listening is a key skill for the Tutor:Mentor to tell when a student is having trouble learning material, especially due to lack of confidence, familiarity with the topic or simply boredom. A Tutor:Mentor is a reflective student themselves within their professional role. As such they are aware of triggers and cues that challenge or enhance learning of concepts and models. This is of great advantage to other students, who are able to learn at their own pace or to model how to share their understanding with classmates that ‘don’t get it yet’.

Ref: Steven, J.C. (2010).  Basic counselling skills that everyone can learn and use.


Counselling Practices Assignment 2: Prac and reflective essay



My second assignment for first semester in Counselling is due in the next week. Below is an outline of my prac and reflective plans.

Demonstrate basic counselling skills (15 mins)

Informed consent

Download form and have signed


Practical Session Introduction

Name, the unit, the term, year, and the name of educator

Stage 1: Rapport building

Stage 2:

Stage 3:

Ending the session


Introduction to Reflective Essay

  • Introduction to the paper
  • A summary of the session
  • A discussion of therapeutic alliance and the importance of the use of basic counselling skills. Significance of therapeutic alliance and importance of basic counselling skills discussed

Identification of the counselling skills used

- Eden’s Helping Model: 3 Stages

- – Microskills: active listening; silence; body language

- Types of Empathy

- Non-over involvement

- Pathological language

- Authentic chameleon

Evaluation of  application of skills (how well applied), verbatim examples
Suggestions for improvement in  application of skills,verbatim examples of what could have said
Reflection on  experience as the counsellor and the implications for future development




Frequency and Histograms~ When do I use them?

Frequency Distributions & Histograms

We use frequency distributions (distances between scores) to count the number of people/etc that fall within intervals across a range of values.

Frequent = often; more than once or twice; influenced by sample number~ distance of range.

The mode is a central tendency statistic that we can use to identify where most people/other are clustered.

Frequency Tables, or Figures that display histograms can provide visual communication of a frequency distribution.

A histogram is constructed from a frequency table. The intervals are shown on the X-axis and the number of scores in each interval is represented by the height of a rectangle located above the interval.

As you will notice, the shape of your distribution on the histogram is influenced by the distance between intervals (range).

The difference between a bar graph and a histogram is that columns are separated in the former; they are categories (nominal level of measurement). Qualitative data analysis is best displayed with bar graphs.

Ways to Display (not APA 6th ed. style)



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School Mental Health Project eNews~

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Condolences to those in the southern states of the USA affected by the natural disaster tragedy. Best wishes to you all during your current struggles.

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My latest issue of ENEWS has arrived courtesy of the School Mental Health Project/ Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. The National Center for Mental Health in Schools was established in 1995 under the auspices of the School Mental Health Project (which was established in 1986). We are part of the Department of Psychology at UCLA. The Project and Center are co-directed by Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor.

The newsletters are always packed with resources,~ particularly for education or child and youth professionals.

Here is a taste~

  • The No Child Left Behind Act, (or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA]) may be reauthorized by Congress in the USA. Learning about another nations federal education policy can make you more aware of how our own government does things.
  • A value-added method of teacher and student evaluations, includes looking at improvements in learning of students [I am really liking this idea!]
  • “Most of the 18 to 24 year olds surveyed by an Associated Press-Viacom poll gave high schools low grades for things that would ease the way to college. A majority say their school wasn’t good at helping them choose a field of study, aiding them in finding the right college or vocational school or assisting them in coming up with ways to pay for more schooling”.
  • And a swathe of recent articles:

……….- Role model behavior and youth violence (2011) M. Noelle, et al., Journal of Early Adolescence, 31 (2) 323-354.

………- Coming of age: How adolescent boys construct masculinities via substance use, juvenile delinquency, and recreation. (2011) J. Sanders.  ………..Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 10(1) 48-70.


The Gist of APA Style Guidelines

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I know, this is based on the 5th edition, however, you will notice the links from the pyramid highlight changes with the 6th edition.

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