24 episodes

Hosted by Dr. Robert Casares, The Reframe brings you conversations with leaders and legends of the counseling profession, experienced clinicians working in agency and private practice settings, as well as masters- and doctoral-level counseling students. Guests discuss cutting-edge research, share stories about their own professional successes and setbacks, and offer insights and encouragement drawn from a diverse range of professional backgrounds.

The Refram‪e‬ Robert Casares

    • Social Sciences
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Hosted by Dr. Robert Casares, The Reframe brings you conversations with leaders and legends of the counseling profession, experienced clinicians working in agency and private practice settings, as well as masters- and doctoral-level counseling students. Guests discuss cutting-edge research, share stories about their own professional successes and setbacks, and offer insights and encouragement drawn from a diverse range of professional backgrounds.

    Episode 23 - Failure Does Not Have to Be Fatal with Gerald Corey

    Episode 23 - Failure Does Not Have to Be Fatal with Gerald Corey

    My guest is Dr. Gerald Corey, Professor Emeritus of Human Services and Counseling at California State University, Fullerton and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. Dr. Corey has authored or coauthored 16 textbooks on topics such as counseling theories, group counseling, clinical supervision, and professional ethics. He is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association, a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17, Counseling Psychology and Division 49, Group Psychotherapy).

    Dr. Corey offers strategies for effectively integrating theory with your unique personality and style, shares his thoughts on taking risks and overcoming setbacks, and highlights the necessity of self-care. He also describes the evolution of his theoretical orientation, explains the benefits of utilizing an integrative approach to working with clients, and reflects on some of the important lessons he has learned over the course of his 60-year career.

    For more information about The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, visit IAMFC's website: http://www.iamfconline.org/

    • 55 min
    Episode 22 - Unstructured but Intentional with Marissa Davala

    Episode 22 - Unstructured but Intentional with Marissa Davala

    My guest is Dr. Marissa Davala, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and 2020-2021 IAMFC Emerging Leader. Her clinical and research interests focus on couples counseling, preventing infidelity and maintaining monogamy, trauma-informed care, and attachment concepts.

    Dr. Davala discusses her strategies for nurturing self-reflection and ongoing curiosity, explains the roles that humility and transparency play in her clinical work, and shares about how the generosity of mentors helped her build a successful private practice. She also reflects on the various challenges associated with being an early-career academic and describes how she acknowledges her missteps and growing edges with students.

    For more information about The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, visit IAMFC's website: http://www.iamfconline.org/

    • 56 min
    Episode 21 - There Are No 10s with Rick Balkin

    Episode 21 - There Are No 10s with Rick Balkin

    My guest is Dr. Rick Balkin, Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator, in the Department of Leadership and Counselor Education, at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Balkin is the immediate past editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development, the current editor of the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, and a Fellow of the American Counseling Association. His research focuses on counseling outcomes, instrument development, research methods, forgiveness, and religious diversity.

    Warning: This episode contains descriptions of sexual abuse and suicide.

    Dr. Balkin discusses how studying and teaching martial arts increased his self-confidence and ability to build strong relationships, describes how working in an inpatient psychiatric hospital impacted his growth as a new professional, reflects on some of his most memorable and challenging cases, and shares about how his clinical work has informed his research into forgiveness. He also explains how recent hardships and struggles have increased his willingness to express vulnerability and nurture deeper friendships.

    For more information about The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, visit IAMFC's website: http://www.iamfconline.org/

    • 1 hr
    Episode 20 - Finding Your Voice with Rebecca Pender Baum

    Episode 20 - Finding Your Voice with Rebecca Pender Baum

    My guest is Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum, current President of IAMFC (2020-2022). She is an Associate Professor and Practicum and Internship Coordinator, in the Department of Counseling, at Murray State University and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Kentucky. Her research focuses on play therapy, marriage, couple and family counseling, trauma and crisis work, and supervision.

    Dr. Pender Baum discusses the priorities and goals she’s working to accomplish during tenure as IAMFC President, describes the instructive and humbling nature of couple and family counseling, and recounts how mentors challenged and encouraged her to overcome imposter syndrome and embrace new leadership roles. She also highlights various opportunities to serve and advocate for the profession through involvement with IAMFC.

    For more information about The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, visit IAMFC's website: http://www.iamfconline.org/

    • 52 min
    Episode 19 - A Sense of Place with Mike Shook

    Episode 19 - A Sense of Place with Mike Shook

    My guest is Mr. Mike Shook, creator and host of the wildly popular and always informative podcast, The Thoughtful Counselor. Mike is a mental health counselor in China, where he provides counseling to English speaking cross-cultural workers and immigrants living in Beijing. He is a National Certified Counselor and a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Florida. Prior to becoming a counselor, Mike worked in Central China for an NGO that provided care for children with medical needs.

    Mike discusses what it’s like to live and practice counseling in China, explains how he strives to apply ethical counseling practices in a country where the profession is still emerging and unregulated, and describes what he’s learned about health and well-being from his Chinese colleagues. He also shares about the challenging and humbling nature of striving to become a more culturally competent clinician, highlights his strategies for receiving and integrating corrective feedback, and reflects on how hosting a mental health podcast has influenced his clinical work and professional identity.

    • 59 min
    Episode 18 - Lessons Learned with Heather Trepal

    Episode 18 - Lessons Learned with Heather Trepal

    My guest is Dr. Heather Trepal, Professor and Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the current President of The American Counseling Association (ACA) and a Past-President of The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC). Dr. Trepal’s research focuses on counselor preparation and supervision, gender issues and sexual trauma, non-suicidal self-injury, and professional advocacy.



    Dr. Trepal discusses the initiatives and goals she’s working to achieve as ACA President, describes her passion for supervising bilingual counselors and working with Spanish-speaking clients, recounts some of the lessons she’s learned from past disappointments and setbacks, and highlights the importance of seeking out supportive and challenging mentors. Dr. Trepal also explains the personal and sometimes painful nature of licensure portability, shares her hopes for the future of the counseling profession, and offers encouragement to novice counselors currently struggling to attain full licensure.



    For more information about The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, visit IAMFC's website: http://www.iamfconline.org/

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

empowered listener ,

Inspiration to those eager to enter the field

As a graduate student It is exciting to hear real life stories of counselors who have been in the field and share the same fears as me. Often times I struggle with the confidence of leading others to be experts in their own lives. Hearing Ramya Avadhanam share the importance of letting perfectionism go, has motivated me to focus on improving myself rather than competing with others around me.

Dr.Casares has an amazing ability of having guest speakers narrate their stories without it feeling like a Q&A session. I look forward to many more episodes

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Mind opening, professional and interesting

I was impressed by several points in the first episode. For example - good leaders are those who do good to others. Also, I really like the global perspective presented in both questions and answers.Dr.Casares’s voice sounds like professional broadcast host.

-RP ,

Timely and informative

Enjoyable conversation, great sound quality, and really good subject matter. Great start to a new podcast.

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