Monday, April 14, 2014

Shannon Hodges: One of My More Successful Brothers . . .

Dr. J. Shannon Hodges
Shoshanna Cogan

The photo above is of my brother Shan and his wife Shoshanna, who sent me the picture and bragged on Shan:
Here's a photo taken minutes after Shannon's Keynote Address to a sold-out crowd of 350 professionals at NY Statewide Mental Health Conference. I'm so proud of his amazing work . . .
He deserves the boasting! Keynote speaker! Wow! I'll certainly never attain that status! Shan himself is modest:
Pretty good for a guy from Salem, Arkansas who once was considered the dumbest kid in his class.
I'd say it's even pretty good for somebody at the top of his class, too. Due to his modesty, he therefore needs a woman like Shoshanna to promote him. He has several areas of expertise, so I was naturally curious to see what he had spoken on, and a quick Google later, I found this:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. J. Shannon Hodges

Dr. Hodges will talk to us about "101 Careers in Counseling". He will illustrate the broad range of counseling careers open to Mental Health Counselors and counselors in general and has recently published a book titled 101 Careers in Counseling. The talk will include occupational information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the wide variation in occupational possibilities for Mental Health Counselors (e.g., agencies, university counseling centers, human resource positions, counseling in a foreign country, etc.). A significant aspect of his keynote speech is to make prognostications of the future of the counseling profession and what this means for Mental Health Counselors and Counselor Educators. Because an important part of his address deals with change, emphasis on multicultural competence will be emphasized as the emerging global profession necessitates such.

Dr. Hodges will also tell us about his experiences working in the Australian outback with Aborigines!!
Shan has long now overtaken me as a world traveler! Next, he'll be visiting Antarctica to work with penguins, counseling them on their unwarranted fear of polar bears . . . More seriously, he also conducted a workshop:
Pre-Convention Workshops: (12-3 pm on Friday, April 11th)

101 Careers in Counseling

Presenter: Dr. J. Shannon Hodges, LMHC

The workshop will include ways Mental Health Counselors and future Mental Health Counselors can prepare for future changes brought on by technology and an ever expanding counseling profession.

The session will cover concrete information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook regarding rapidly growing counseling professions, the emerging international counseling profession, cultural competence, traditional and non-traditional counseling careers, changes due to technology (e.g., Skype counseling, ethical issues related to social media, international collaboration - particularly for counselor educators, etc.), adapting to a dynamic future. The session will also address the value of promoting and advocating for the counseling profession (and Mental Health Counseling profession).
Those of you interested in what sort of things Shan probably discussed might want to watch this video.

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At 9:13 AM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

Go, bro!

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'll let him know!

Jeffery Hodges

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At 1:22 AM, Blogger Shannon Hodges said...


Thanks for the kind words. I believe we both are successful, albeit in different ways.

Shannon Hodges

At 4:57 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

True. You are successful in your career. I am successful in my non-career.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay, Shannon! Charley Pete says 'hello' from the Front Range of Colorado. Give us a ring if you're ever out there key-note-speaking or anything, and we'll definitely have to meet up and share respective adult-life war stories. Congratulations on your great work there. See you--Pete

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I'll let Shan know in case he doesn't check in here again.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect the penguins of Antartics would be more concerned about a hungry seal than an arctic polar bear.
But Congratulations to Shannon.
I remember working with Shan when he helped me & my brother Woodrow for a short time on a house we were building.
He was a pleasure to work with.


At 7:14 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

That's why their fear of polar bears is unwarranted!

Their fear of sea lions is another matter . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for the delayed comment.
My computer would not copy incoming emails for two weeks, and I couldn't send for three weeks.
It turned out the CenturyLink servers were messed up.


At 9:57 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Good to have you back, Uncle Cran.

But three weeks! Century was that incompetent?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang it, Cran. You beat me to it on the polar geography lesson. I'm the teacher, you hear?


At 10:53 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Again, I say: "That's why their fear of polar bears is unwarranted!"

The allusion was to an ad for National Geographic back around 1998 that showed a polar bear in Antarctica (actually in a zoo in Ohio).

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:48 AM, Blogger Shannon Hodges said...

Pete and Uncle Cran:

Thanks for the kind words! But Cran, Woodrow actually fired me! (nicely, and not due any lack of effort on my part) He said something to the effect, "This (construction) is not your talent." I was substitute teaching at the same time, and that was a better fit.

Kind regards,


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