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Bike Commute

Posted on May 22,2013 by cpembertonmspp

Today I took my bike on a test ride to gauge the feasibility of biking to my second year internship, and I am extremely happy to say that it is most assuredly feasible and will definitely be my preferred method for transportation. It is only ten miles each way, so I was not concerned about the distance. I was concerned about the safety of the route, and if traffic speed and road conditions would allow for the commute. Fortunately there are only one or two sketchy parts and even in those spots there are enough pedestrians and traffic signals to keep vehicles at slower speeds. So it should be no surprise that after a school years’ worth of two hour (each way) commutes, I literally felt like jumping up and down and shouting (which I may or may not have done on the side of the road) when I realized I will not even have to get in my car three days a week when my internship starts. I guess I have a pretty good jump on my self-care for the coming school year.

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Tagged Primary Care Psychology, Veterans

MSPP's Annual Gala

Posted on May 16,2013 by cpembertonmspp

MSPP held their annual Gala on Wednesday May 15th and my wife and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend thanks to my involvement in the Train Vets to Treat Vets program. The Gala paid tribute to both Veterans and those still serving as well as their family members, and it was an absolutely lovely experience.

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Tagged Experiential Education, Counseling Psychology, Veterans


Posted on May 08,2013 by cpembertonmspp

It has been some time since I have last posted a blog. Many events have occurred since that last posting; some of them unbelievably tragic and some more personally uplifting. I will try, here, to provide my perspective and (at least to myself) surmise my view on the past few weeks.

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Posted on April 02,2013 by cpembertonmspp

The following is a section taken from a recent paper I wrote. Considering the nature of the topic, I felt that it would make an interesting blog post as well. Enjoy.

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Posted on March 27,2013 by cpembertonmspp

Last Thursday a small group of students, including myself, attended an event where we watched sections of the war documentary Restrepo and former Infantry Sergeant Brendan O’Byrne gave a moving recount of his experience in Afghanistan and an exploration of the unseen wounds that too often remain after combat has ended and the physical wounds have healed. Mr. O’Byrne’s frank and uncensored talk served as a powerful reminder of why I am pursuing a career in mental health. His insight and dedication to sharing his experience as well as his ongoing personal healing process serve as a beacon, for student-Veterans like myself, guiding us forward into a field that surely needs as many qualified and experienced (both academically and in the field) as can be produced. That being said, if you are a student –Veteran and you happen across this, I strongly recommend you take a look at the possibility of a career in mental health.

Finally, I would like to offer my personal thanks and appreciation to Gretchen Nash, Rob Chester, and everyone else that made this and every other event possible through their hard work and dedication to both the students at MSPP and the field of psychology itself; thank you.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Primary Care Psychology, Veterans

My Body is Screaming for HELP!

Posted on March 21,2013 by cpembertonmspp

Even as we cross into “spring” there is news of more snow on the way. When I hear this I hear my internal voice giving me another excuse to not run or workout in the morning. What I don’t hear, or what I refuse to listen to, is my body telling me that I am messing up. While I focus on my studies and everything that goes along with grad school I have been neglecting the very part of my total health that will allow me to maintain the intense pace of life that grad-students endure; my physical health.

During new student orientation and multiple times throughout the school year we students are told that we need to exerciseself-care”, and I think that most of us have managed to include at least a little self-care into our routines. My problem is that what I have been calling self-care hasn’t really been what I need (at least not all I need). I have allowed myself to fall back on watching a movie or having a drink with friends to become my go-to for self-care and have neglected to actually take care of my physical form. Well the results are becoming clear, I am becoming mentally and physically sluggish and it is becoming increasing harder to rise to any task at hand.

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Tagged Personal Growth

How It's Done

Posted on March 17,2013 by cpembertonmspp

When I consider the vast amount of different tasks I had to accomplish over the past week, I wonder how in the world I did it (okay, so maybe a couple items on the to-do list still need to be checked off). Between transcribing mock session video, fulfilling Train Vets obligations, participating in interview day, and having Drill at my Army Reserve unit on Saturday and Sunday, not to mention practicum and normal coursework/readings, I am so completed drained that I only put half a tank of gas in my car because I was too tired to stand there and wait for the tank to fill.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Experiential Education, Primary Care Psychology, Veterans

My First Blog Ever

Posted on March 10,2013 by cpembertonmspp

Who am I? I think I have been asked that question in one form or another more times in the past year than in all the preceding years combined. While I don’t think the answer to that question is the easiest for anyone to answer, I feel, though my answer may not be more difficult to arrive at, at times I feel it would take more to describe. Let’s see… I’m a son, a brother, a husband, a soldier, a student, an activist, a gardener, a hunter, a fisherman… … Well maybe I should back up and just start with the basics and hopefully, as I write more posts, I will get to know myself better as I tell you about me and my experiences at MSPP.

My name is Coy Pemberton, I am 32 years old, and a first year Masters student at MSPP. Beyond that I am an Army Reserve soldier with over 14 years of service under my belt, and I am proud to count myself as part of both the military community and the Train Vets to Treat Vets program here at MSPP. When I applied and was accepted into school here I knew there was a supportive base for veterans and their families; what I did not know was how supportive and how focused on the issues that face many veterans the school and the TVets program was and is. In the short time (less than two semesters) I have been here I have seen a community form that I did not see in over four years of attending large undergraduate universities. I have also seen an incredible amount of good come from the school and from TVets. Not only do they support veterans and families at school, there is an outreach focus that connects with veterans in other schools and other areas, and I am very proud to be able to be a part of this.

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