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January 6, 2018

October 2017

by Dr. Recco Richardson, Ph, D.


Licensure Education Training & Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors Programs

A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC


Issue 34 … October 2017


Dr. Recco’s Corner

    On a daily basis, I and many of my fellow mental health counselors, follow political, race and sports current world issues and trends. We do the such so as to be better prepared to respond to a client’s question or past traumatic experience.

    Likewise, I have several colleagues who refuse to follow current world issues. They feel that it is out of the scope of their mental health practice to address a client’s question about such developing trends.

    Most mental health counselors do not spend the day dreaming about becoming the voice of reason for politics and the moral compass. What I hope we do spend time doing is preparing to provide clients with accurate information, frameworks for understanding and effective treatment interventions for when current world issues  knocks at their door.

It is my hope, that when clients entrust us to guide them through current world issues, we will have an adequate understanding of the issues at hand and make a quality decision to help them. Are you ready to answer their questions?




Scheduled “Confidence Builder” NCE Workshops

     Our next eight-week National Counselor Exam “Confidence Builder” workshop sessions have been scheduled for January 2018 through February 2018. There is limited seating. Registration ends January 1, 2018.

Lansing, MI

Sessions begin Saturday January 6, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Saturdays        9 am to 12 pm (3 hours). The location is RIY, 913 W. Holmes Road, Lansing, MI 48910


Flint, MI

Sessions begin Sunday January 7, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Sundays 5 pm to 8 pm (3 hrs). The sessions will take place at   Grace Cathedral Community Church, 1709 Nebraska Street, Flint, MI 48506.

100% of our participants passed the NCE on their first try!

    Our instructors are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) who have taught master’s level counseling courses and/or are Limited                   Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPC) who have passed the NCE within the last 3 years.

    For more cost details and additional information you can call: (810) 394- 7815;

visit: or email:


35 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Life

By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC


Take more responsibility

Prepare for disappointments

Select better friends

Surround yourself with inspiration

Choose quality of quantity


Be willing to ask for help

Regularly put forth effort

Slow down when necessary

See things for what they are

In all things, be grateful


Be a blessing to the elderly

Always believe that you can

Avoid anger at all cost

Be comfortable confronting others

Decide to no longer be a victim


Properly process situations

Enjoy the small things in life

Count up the cost daily

Lead by example and deed

Make it a habit to meditate


View mistakes as part of life

Seek to understand things

Be yourself no matter what

Embrace what you have

Regularly acknowledge others  


Find ways to be helpful

Be considerate and honest

Strive to be a better person

Recognize your season of life

Don’t be afraid of change


Try to avoid complaining

Develop your gifts

Place high value on your life

Take care of yourself

Be willing to soar

“Achieving Without Cheating”

By Danielle King, High School Senior Excerpts Part II


    If I am being honest, most of the information I obtain during class goes down the drain by the end of summer vacation. So, is there really a difference between a cheater and me? In most cases, teachers cannot tell the difference, especially if a high caliber student is being dishonest.

    In my experience, some of the people I have classes with have gotten amazing SAT scores, without cheating, but have not done 6 percent of the assignments for certain classes the whole year without some form of an answer key. Meanwhile, I do all of the assignments given to me and achieve the same score. There is an obvious disconnect.

    How is it possible that cheating and achieving can be almost synonymous with each other? I know that everyone has a different aptitude, but it shouldn’t be so easy for students to skim by and get the same scores as students who actually put in the work to earn the same grade.

    The primary reason that cheating is so easy is because there is a lack of originality. Teachers have the tendency to not refresh their materials so if a student chooses to keep any materials from courses there is a high chance that material can be subject to transfer from person to person.

    Also, if a teacher chooses to use documents from the Internet, the student can find the answers. I know that creating new assignments every year for students is a lot to ask of a teacher, but there are methods that can be done to help ensure that cheating is at a minimum.

    One way teachers can prevent cheating is to encourage a healthy learning environment. Typically, students believe that cheating is wrong, but they also, in some ways, feel that their only way out is by doing so. Some students feel as if their teachers, or professors, are cheating them by not putting their all into making sure the students are comprehending the material, so in return, the students cheat to receive a grade that they otherwise would not have received.

    In a learning environment, there is a teacher – student agreement. Both parties have to uphold their end of the bargain or the learning of the students and the effectiveness of the teacher will be compromised.

    Instead of cheating, students should voice their concerns with their superior in order to get the learning environment that is necessary for them to thrive. The most obvious of suggestions is to study even if the subject at hand is not the most exciting or is challenging.

    Students should always remember that there is always something to be gained from each class they take. No, I am not saying that every class’s subject will be of use in a literal way, but each experience or situation that a person is put in should result in some sort of change.

    Also, pupils should remember that with every time they cheat, they are cheating themselves out of something that they did not already know.

    Most of the behavioral issues that any student is having can be addressed at home. Parents should talk to their kids about why cheating is wrong and what they could do to help the student reach their potential without copying information wrongfully off the Internet.

     Parents also should set an example for their children by not cheating. For instance, if a parent cheats on their taxes and the child knows, how can the parent really be surprised when they find out that their child is doing the same thing, but just in a different situation?

    Influence is a huge factor in the actions of people, including students. Stopping the cheating epidemic starts at home and is the only way that a student can learn what it means to have integrity, even amongst people who do not.

    Cheating in education is a result of many pieces of a puzzle woven together. There is not just one single factor that impacts the rate of cheating. The main goal when moving a student through life is to cultivate them mentally, as well as build their character: one cannot work without the other.

    I strongly encourage providing the adequate environment where students can flourish so they can be able to impact the global community in a great way.


Ivy League Colleges Tour

    From November 10, 2017 to November 13, 2017, the Ivy League Pipeline Program (Pipeline) participants will be visiting Yale, Brown, Columbia and University of Pennsylvania.

    The Ivy Pipeline Program started in 2016, and currently has three former participants enrolled at an Ivy League college. The program is a community-based intensive standardized testing and college acceptance program that targets exceptional learners grades 6th through 11th.

    The program is designed to help students gain admission to Ivy League colleges.      Program activities intend to help students gain additional confidence, take part in practice opportunities, improve standardized scores, write exceptional entrance essays, secure scholarships/financial aid and gain acceptance into an Ivy League college.

    Featuring a charged environment, the program encourages students to excel and soar as a result of intense preparation, additional maturity and high-level dedication to their college plans.

ABLE Program

    The Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors (ABLE) Program is designed to help school age youth move forward as a result of gaining new skills and competency.

The goal is for participants to be able to successfully participate within the school setting.

    The program helps participants improve their academics, social life, emotional maturity and decision-making skills.


ABLE Program Components


  • Individual Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Home Visits
  • Crisis Management
  • Parenting Workshops
  • Incentives & Awards
  • Support Groups
  • Exciting Fieldtrips


Licensure Education Training Program

    Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.


Coming LLPC Group Supervision


November 2017


Clarkston: Friday November 17, 2017 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday November 18, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)


December 2017


Clarkston: Friday December 15, 2017 (6 pm – 10 pm)

Lansing: Saturday December 16, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)

LET Services


Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads and discuss trends.

Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention and insightful strategies.

Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.

Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book

club and scholarly writing/research.


Services Offered By RSRC


After school Programming • Staff Trainings/Development • Business/Entrepreneur Support • Individual/Family Counseling • Research Institute • Book Writing/Publishing   Treatment/Support Groups • Educational Services • Post-Adoption Services • School-Based Initiatives • LLPC Licensure Supervision • Compliance/Regulation • Grant/Proposal Writing • Cultural/Educational Fieldtrips • Youth Programming • Motivational Speaking Program Development • Conferences/Retreats • NCE Test Workshops


Contact Us


Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.      

Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC                                           

2500 S Linden Road

P.O Box 321252

Flint, MI 48532                                

(810) 394-7815 (Office)  

(810) 732-6657 (Fax)                                  


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