As Desmond Tutu once said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Our society is at one of those crossroads at which we all need to step up, speak out and advocate for what we know is just.
Those who neglect to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or follow guidelines for proper hand-washing are putting both their own health and well-being at risk and the health and well-being of those trying to help them. This means that professional counselors, who are key providers of critical services, are put at risk. While it may be an individual’s “right” to put themselves in harm’s way, what if doing so places mental health professionals in danger? Frankly, that is not OK.
“As you deal with your own emotions over what has unfolded, remember to check on those who may feel isolated, marginalized and forgotten. What has been happening has profoundly affected me professionally and personally. I believe that each of us must do what we can to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. In our own way, each of us needs to make a difference.”
In optometry, people hope for 20/20 vision. Roughly 15 years ago, ACA embarked on the seminal initiative 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling. Well, here we are at the halfway point of 2020, and I feel like our vision for what lies ahead is cloudy. I never imagined that we would be living…continue reading