Sunday, August 11, 2013

[Early Edition] What's Newsies got to do with it?

When we moved into our new place, part of our new cable package (to my delight and distraction) was an extended movie bundle. This led to endless re-viewings of some of my old favorites from childhood...like The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday....and Newsies.

Remember Newsies? The endlessly joyful, underdog triumph story starring a very adorable (and hopefully 'of age') Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, and Robert Duvall?


This story took a new meaning to me this morning as I reflected on two developments within our community.

One is the imminent (August 12) decision point to be made by the Texas LPC board as to whether to needlessly restrict the wording on the rulebooks to bar online counselors from using technology-assisted counseling with new clients - limiting agoraphobic, physically disabled, ill, remotely located, and countless other clients from utilizing an EVIDENCE-BASED counseling practice to get much-needed help.

Second is a frustrated plea for help I heard from a new counselor  - why can't I get a job that will pay the bills? I love what I do, I want to help people, but the agency jobs out there don't pay enough to make ends meet.

What can these two diverse developments possibly have in common with one another, let alone Newsies?

Both can be affected if we LET OUR VOICE BE HEARD.

The petition started by Donna R., online counselor in Austin, Texas, that I shared with you through this blog, and through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media outlets, went from 5 to over 70 signatures in the span of a day. We still have time to grow it even further before the deadline tomorrow if you will click HERE and request that mental health parity be served by leaving the Texas LPC rule wording as-is.

I encouraged the new counselor - and I encourage you as well - to take your employment situation into your own hands. The demand for counseling services is growing and so sadly, is the downward trend in agency job availability. I believe this reflects the reality that many agencies will only be able to offer poorer and poorer services to clients, which in turn, opens up the demand for counselors in private practice. You can sign up for 30 Days To A More Profitable Private Practice (30 days of absolutely free tips on how to skyrocket your private practice growth) here and/or get a month of free training from MBA In Private Practice - my training program with Dr. Deb Legge that teaches you how to build a profitable, sustainable business from the ground up by clicking here.

There are solutions out there - you just have to refuse to accept anything less and get the word OUT there!

As Christian Bale says at the moment of the Newsies' victory,

"They got voices now, and they're going to be listened to...that's the power of the press, Joe!"




Seize the Day by Newsies Cast
Music by Alan Menken.
Lyrics by Jack Feldman.

DAVID:
Open the gates and seize the day
Don't be afraid and don't delay
Nothing can break us
No one can make us
Give our rights away
Arise and seize the day 

DAVID and NEWSIES:
Now is the time to seize the day
Send out the call and join the fray 

DAVID:
Wrongs will be righted
If we're united 

DAVID and NEWSIES:
Let us seize the day 

Friends of the friendless, seize the day
Raise up the torch and light the way
Proud and defiant
We'll slay the giant
Let us seize the day 

Neighbor to neighbor
Father to son
One for all and all for one 

Open the gates and seize the day
Don't be afraid and don't delay
Nothing can break us
No one can make us
Give our rights away 

Neighbor to neighbor
Father to son
One for all and all for one


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