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Chemical Dependency Counseling And How To Get an Education For It

This is a recurring question I get from almost everyone I mention those three words to. Lets break down the meanings…

Chemical. This can be translated into Drug. The chemicals or “drugs” this field of service might include, would be things like heroin and cocaine.
Dependency. This could also mean Addiction. The word is referring to people who have a dependency on any chemicals or drugs!
Counseling. This is can mean Help. I’m sure you have heard somewhere before about counselors helping people, and by now you get the picture that these counselors generally help those with drug addictions.

  • Now that you know the meaning, what exactly can these Counselors do?

Chemical Dependency Counselors help individuals or groups of people overcome addictions and pave the pathway to recovery! I’ve even seen these counselors help create small towns, to create a living environment surrounded by people who are all breaking addictions or even bad habits! A great example of these communities are Sober Livings. In most cases, people who have just become sober and/or broken an addiction will be interested in becoming a Chemical Dependency Counselor, to help those around them with the same problems they used to have. Or on the flip side someone who has never struggled with addiction might be interested in just serving other people! One major series these counselors will take people through is something called the “12 Steps”, which in my opinion is an amazing way for anyone to break an addiction! You should check them out!

  • How can you get an Education for this?

One way to become this type of Counselor, quickly, is to find a school that uses a Chemical Dependency “fast track program” to teach their classes. By doing this, students can receive their certificate in as little as, 3 to 6 months and sometimes even take the courses online!

Yesterday Career Guidance Was For Whites Only – Today Still No Career Guidance For All

Career guidance is under siege, I opine. Those who have an urgent need for it cry bitterly for help, the select few who access it prosper, while those who have a responsibility to provide it continue to search for solutions in all the wrong places, and this has been so for very long now.

The foremost tactical error for those who have a responsibility for the provision of career guidance is the lack of understanding of what it is actually they need to provide. In truth, there is plenty of clarity to be found in the present already. Personal experience, four years of incubating the idea plus two years of study and research into career guidance have made this abundantly clear to me.
The lack of an appropriate career guidance system even with the democratic dispensation -and much more so before and during apartheid- continues to make blacks and rural black women in particular, differently-able persons, coloureds, Indians and poor but few whites to be confronted with vast inequality in the South African society.

Mull over this subsequent truth.

If you are born in the rural areas, you are likely to be born into poverty, and very likely to die at an early age, as you would if you were born in the urban areas. If you were fortunate enough to survive, for this is your purpose in life, you will be far more likely than the rest of South Africans to grow up in a zone where there is no career guidance, and so, high rate of unemployability, hopelessness, hard labour, abundant leisure time, very high maternal and infant mortality rate, starvation, crime and mental illness and virtually all adults of the working age will have drifted to the economically viable cities or will have been prisoned or executed in the past decades by their enemies. If you are black and are in other places of the world other than Africa, in the same way, your ancestors will have been slaves anyway. Alas, you will have ended up learning to survive rather than live. When you did, you will have learnt the subordinate way of life at the service of your racial counterparts.

Recently in South Africa, you surely will have taken part in the wage strike, if not because your job is to provide ‘essential services’ and you went to work instead of joining the action, you will have been threatened by your comrades for betraying the struggle and subsequently warned by your employer, at the end, you will have been affected by ‘no-work-no-pay’ rules. One thing for sure, you will be far from complacence.

Today, in the rural conditions where no career guidance is available to the people, families suffer because few heads of households -if any- are able to find the kinds of jobs that enable them to express their innermost interest and provide economic support for their household. As a result, separation and divorce shoot up. Mothers find it difficult to support their children with staple food or social grants. When children reach the school going age -often without believing in their ability to succeed- they attend schools where the buildings are degenerating and often with perfectly demotivated educators. Mental health problems thrive because those who reside in such places live in difficult situations and are prone to stressors.

Yesterday career guidance was used as a means to insert the continuing reality of unequal opportunities between races in the South African society. Even today, the situation is such that people in racial groups who grow up in areas where career guidance is deficient will not have the same opportunities in life as their counterparts who are in conditions of career guidance abundance. This has had real devastating effects – the most obvious being to equate the white race to absolute purity and their black counterparts with mediocrity.

I have opined elsewhere that there is enormous evidence to prove that the current interventions have not been enough to counteract the continuing, and to a great degree, deepened economic ostracism and the education and work mismatch, in the areas where most blacks, coloureds, Indians and poor but few whites live. My concrete suggestion is that career guidance must be professionalized. This will address the questions of content, modes of implementation, availability, accessibility, usability, and leadership in the field of career guidance service. Ideally, you should have career guidance practitioners as you have your medical practitioners and lawyers, of course, they must be independent of educators and psychologists. In the prospect, not doing so will be to certificate socio-economic inequality and will be to further divide a South Africa that is so alive with the possibility of ultimate unity.

By definition, this service is meant to support people of all ages, races, genders and capabilities at all stages of their lives, to make informed decisions about the way of life they choose. Yesterday this service was for whites only; today I call for professionalized career guidance for all. Let’s engage.

Continuing Education for Fashion Designers

There is no underestimating the importance of continuing education for fashion designers. In order to stay competitive in this field, one must always be on the cutting edge of the latest fashion trends, but knowing what’s in style this season is just the beginning. Fashion designers must also be on the cutting edge of the latest methods, techniques, industry standards, materials, tools and tricks. If you’re a fashion designer, you should definitely expect to refresh your training every few years or so; otherwise, you might find yourself being left behind.

Creative Options for Creative Minds
There are many different continuing education options for fashion art designers. If you are a self-trained designer, you could benefit from any level of training. Even if you’re already working in the fashion field with a reasonable level of success, you could still benefit from a professional certificate program, associate’s degree or even a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. If you already have a certificate or associate’s degree, your previous coursework would probably count towards the next level of education. By increasing your formal training, your skills will become more refined, and you will understand certain techniques much better than you did before.

Even designers that have bachelor’s degrees and have done their training with prestigious fashion art designers can still benefit from a little continuing education. A refresher course every few years is always helpful to stay on the cutting edge of the latest color palettes, lines, patterns, materials, textures, sewing machines, pressing equipment and other design tools. Art and design courses can also be helpful for fashion art designers of any level, because they encourage creativity and help strengthen skills in sketching, color combinations, pattern making and more.

As a fashion art designer, you may also want to invest some time in your continuing education if you are thinking of switching to a different career within the fashion field or if you simply want to open up your job options. These are a few of the other jobs in the fashion industry that you might consider training for:

• Accessory Draper
• Buyer
• Clothing Store Manager
• Consultant
• Costume Maker
• Fashion Research Analyst
• Image Consultant
• Personal Stylist
• Production and Development Manager
• Retail Merchandiser
• Technical Designer

You may think you know it all, and if you’re smart enough to build a career on self-taught skills, you probably do. However, formal training is always going to help you take it to the next level.