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JEANNIE FALKNER: I've been in private practice for over 30 years in two different locations-- in an urban location and then in a rural location. So I've really been able to look at two different contexts, both for my clients and for how you do counseling. I've counseled couples and children and families and individuals. I do group counseling, which I love.
I think that working in the online world is very different, and it takes a little adjusting. But you have to bring that passion and the personalization to the online classroom. And I found that I do that just like I do face-to-face. I may not have the visual image of the students, but I can get their personalities and their needs, and you can see where they are developmentally.
And if you speak to them individually and give them what they need in a personal way, it comes to life. The classrooms online really come to life. And they take on different personalities depending on who's in the classroom and what the needs of the classroom are.
But I try to do case scenarios. I try to let them know a little bit about how I would approach that situation. There are wonderful resources online that you can add to the classroom that you can't instantly in a traditional classroom, that online you can say, oh, here's this link, here's this good resource, here's this webcast you can look at. So there are advantages that you don't have in the traditional classroom.
My counseling whole philosophy, it's about empowering people-- empowering people to remove barriers to live the lives they want. And we have fun doing that. So many people think, well, I have to do this, or I should do that. And you begin to ask people, well, why?
They realize they're following rules that they don't know who made them or why they got made and why they're following. And all of a sudden, people are empowered, and they can take charge of their lives and begin to do things that they never thought they could. And that's what this is about-- helping people enhance their lives and live authentic lives.
You'll make it. You can do this. If you want to do this and this is your passion-- and it is, because you're sitting in this class-- it may look like it's miles down the road to get there. You do it one step at a time, one assignment at a time.
Don't get so far ahead. Don't get yourself overwhelmed. Say, what do I need to do today? I'm Dr. Jeannie Faulkner, and I'm faculty in the mental health counseling program at Walden.