10 Oct 2018
We Still have free speech: Glad to see our youth taking the opportunity to express themselves. Gives me hope for the future.
27 Feb 2018
This article has been making the rounds and is worth repeating.
22 Feb 2018
I've heard many different comments on this story and have seen it posted on colleagues sites. Check it out for yourself. Interesting perspective from a forensic perspective.
28 Oct 2017
Frances McDormand, Motivational Interviewing and Engagement
You might be wondering what Frances McDormand, Motivational Interviewing(MI) and engagement have in common. Let’s start with what Motivational Interviewing is, in case you don’t know. “Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change.” (Miller and Rollnick, Motivational Interviewing 3rd Edition) The underlying perspective of MI includes the elements of Compassion, ... Read More
18 Oct 2017
We have been challenged by a seemingly endless string of natural disasters. This has greatly impacted our sense of safety and we may struggle with how to make sense of things. We are knocked off our center and hope can seem illusive. This can be especially hard when you have children, or care for them in schools, or other settings. You want to provide comfort, but are feeling vulnerable yourself. You may not know how to be reassuring when you have so many unanswered questions such as, where you will be living, or working, or when you might be able to provide a stable routine. Perhaps you have also suffered the loss of love ones. This "advice" from the APA may offer some guidance and a place to start. Reaching out to family, friends, clergy, pediatricians and counseling professionals may also support you in navigating your way through all the uncertainty.
18 Oct 2017
Helping Children When Disasters Occur
We have been challenged by a seemingly endless string of natural disasters. This has greatly impacted our sense of safety and we may struggle with how to make sense of things. We are knocked off our center and hope can seem illusive. This can be especially hard when you have children, or care for them in schools, or other settings. ... Read More
13 Aug 2017
Interpreting photography is not new, but now we have social media as another tool for identifying depression. I wonder if for those individuals, whose images are linked to depression, might their photography also serve as an outlet and a way to master some of the symptoms? It would be nice to ask them how they "see" their photograph and what the process of taking and posting was like for them.
01 Aug 2017
Practicing gratitude can sound like yet another fad, but for this physician it helped to remind him of the way he wanted to approach his patients. #MotivationalInterviewing can also provide a way for practitioners to converse with clients/patients about their care in a compassionate and supportive way without directing, rushing, or minimizing their care. In this story , gratitude led to appreciation of his own, as well as his patients' strengths. Good practice benefits everyone.
14 Jun 2017
Not a new story, but one worth repeating. Happy Father's day.
14 May 2017
Motherhood and mothering has never been uncomplicated. Some have an easier time than others with that role. Isolation is a common theme that I hear working with mothers' who are single and raising their children alone. Many of them have economic challenges. Those mothers' without money woes and who have other privileges might be viewed as whiny if they complain of any emotional hardships and yet even with these advantages, some might have the same complaint of isolation, as this women wrote about in her local paper. What would it look like if these women met? Those who have more, with those who struggle with less? What could they teach each other? What could they accomplish together?
09 May 2017
I do supply fidget pipe cleaners at my Motivational Interviewing training. Thank goodness the participants are adults. I shudder to think what might happen if they were children. The story below explains it all and reminds me of how a long time ago I gave a fuzzy puff ball to a child, after we had tried many different fidget items, all of which created more problems than they solved. The child ended up wearing the puff ball behind his glasses. Children are way too clever.
07 May 2017
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Important information about what mental health conditions will be considered "pre-existing conditions."
30 Apr 2017
This is timely based on my last post. Dr. Pamela Brougher Arenella asked her friends to post the following. National Suicide Prevention 1-800• 273• 8255 It's OK not to be OK 💚💙💚💙
30 Apr 2017
There will undoubtedly continue to be movies, music and TV that youth like, but scares those that care about them. The latest being the Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why. " By now you have probably heard that adults fear that it romanticizes suicide and could possibly cause emotional contagion among youth. This webinar may give you insight into how best to discuss this issue.
18 Apr 2017
According to this article, that despite the economic need for many households to have two wage earners, there is a desire and a preference among younger adults to have a stay at home parent and preferably that parent would be mom. There are many speculations about why this may be occurring , but maybe the bigger question is how successful have we been at supporting families with their financial needs now and in the future? And how can families have a wider range of options based on their values?
16 Apr 2017
April showers bring may flowers and all... Wishing all a wonderful Spring full of growth and renewal.
10 Apr 2017
According to this article in the NY Times, Aetna is paying their employees' $500. per year if they can prove they have good sleeping habits. How do I get this where I work? At least we are now acknowledging that sleeping is good for us. What a concept.
09 Apr 2017
Join my colleague, Ali Hall and I at the National Conference on Coaching. We are presenting on Motivational Interviewing using Elicit- Provide-Elicit (EPE) for building a Community of Practice (CoP): Implementing Effective and Sustainable Coaching.
09 Mar 2017
It's hard to imagine that divorce is the answer to your healthcare coverage. It is important to follow how healthcare policies will impact you and your family. Let your representative know of your concerns.
09 Mar 2017
A little on healthcare history. It's never been easy.
04 Mar 2017
Public Health issues can be tied to commerce. You can decide if that was a factor in this case. #cellphonesafety is an issue since so many of us rely on them and children are using cell phones at an increasingly younger age. Here is some information for you to consider.
23 Feb 2017
A colleague, Dr. Brougher Arenella circulated this. It is always interesting to see research on how acceptance improves our well-being.
17 Feb 2017
You might not think of your driving and phone use as #addictive. However, these latest findings of the high rates of risky behavior while driving certainly could be viewed as an addiction. Perhaps it would be helpful to take a harder look at how distracted you are while driving. Can you stay away from your phone while driving? Do you text or use the phone even when you know your use is unsafe? Do you feel compelled to keep using despite the risks? If you would like to change your behavior and are having difficulty doing so, a practitioner who uses #motivationalinterviewing might be helpful in exploring your phone habits with you.
12 Feb 2017
Do #oppositesattract? Most researchers say if they do- it doesn't last for long. "Selecting similar others as relationship partners is so widespread on so many dimensions that it could be described as a psychological default." Prof Angela Bahns,Wellesly College stated in an article by Sarah Krapton last February in the Telegraph. Choosing someone who is your opposite may serve to scare your parents, or temporarily increase your desire for adventure, but in the long run we tend to connect with those who share our values. Waiting for him or her to #change and become someone we want them to be is probably not going to serve us well if we desire a long term relationship. So someone similar to us may not be such a bad thing after all.
29 Jan 2017
It is hard to #change- we may fear it as much as long for it. If only I could change _________about my life. We are ambivalent. Here is a great story from Rachel Bloom and her #challengewithchange. As she say's " Change is inevitable...". We may seek it, or it may find us, but ultimately it helps to find our way of making peace with, if not fully embracing change.
22 Jan 2017
As someone who has worked primarily with community mental health agencies, as well as mental health programs funded by our government, I thought it is important to keep informed about #healthcare and the #affordablecareact. I am concerned that 18million could loose their healthcare coverage. Here is an article that explains what may happen with the signing #againstthehealthlaw. More to follow as this story unfolds.