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June 10, 2015
by Bennett Pologe, Ph.D

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Boy Scouts May Change Policy On Homosexuality

June 10, 2015 15:59 by Bennett Pologe, Ph.D

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In April 2015 Robert M Gates, the national president of the Boy Scouts of America, addressed his organization at their national business meeting (BSA, 2015). In his speech he raised the thorny issue of gays in the Scouts. The organization had long held in place a ban on atheists, agnostics, and what they call "open or avowed" homosexuals participating as members (BSA, 2012). [More]

June 9, 2015
by Trey and Rebecca Harrison, MA, LPC

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Duggars Speak Out After Scandal: Parents Minimize Sexual Abuse Within Family

June 9, 2015 05:55 by Trey and Rebecca Harrison, MA, LPC

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar spoke out for the first time on June 4th since reports emerged of their son Joshua molesting five victims, including several of his sisters. It was revealed that the fifth victim was a babysitter for the family (The Kelly File, 2015).Throughout the interview, Megyn Kelly questioned both Jim Bob and Michelle on their thought processes and emotions, as well as a timeline of the events. The Duggar family has been well respected in the conservative Christian community. [More]

June 8, 2015
by Andrea Ruse, LCPC, LAC, CCDP-D, RPT

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New Harvard Study Shows Children Benefit From Having A Working Mother

June 8, 2015 05:55 by Andrea Ruse, LCPC, LAC, CCDP-D, RPT

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Is a woman's career life harmful to the well-being of her child? New information sheds light on this very question in a study published by Harvard Business School professor Kathleen McGinn, et al. In this study, the traditional point-of-view that working mothers are harming their children is being challenged as research focuses in on the effects on adult children of working mothers. [More]

June 8, 2015
by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

Current Events and Retraumatization (Video)

June 8, 2015 05:55 by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

In this video, learn about the nature of trauma, it’s symptoms, and how it is connected to our bodies. Why do we experience flashbacks, nightmares, and rushing adrenaline in unexpected moments? We will discuss how seemingly unrelated triggers can wreak havoc on our bodies and in particular the potentially retraumatizing effect of current events in the media. [More]

June 5, 2015
by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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Healing from Physical Trauma: Miracle, Coincidence or Human Influence?

June 5, 2015 05:55 by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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How much power and influence do humans have when it comes to their healing? Is it luck, an individual’s own fierce determination and attitude, or what religion calls ‘God’s will’? The long-standing debate continues. Recently, however, three stories were presented to the media that shine more light on the discussion, reflecting great power within consciousness. [More]

June 4, 2015
by Dr. Christina Barber-Addis,Psy.D

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June is LGBT Pride Month

June 4, 2015 05:55 by Dr. Christina Barber-Addis,Psy.D

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On May 29, 2015, President Obama re-proclaimed that June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. In his re-proclamation, Obama highlights his Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination. In this landmark order, Federal contractors are protected against discriminations based on gender identity and sexual orientation. He called to not only end the discrimination with Federal contractors but also to extend these protections to all American workers in the future. [More]

June 3, 2015
by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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Paris Love Locks to Be Removed: A Loss of Love

June 3, 2015 07:35 by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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Paris' Pont des Arts bridge famous for its "love locks" is facing structural damage under the weight of so much love. The city of love's bridge has been a space for thousands around the world to mark their love with a lock, while then throwing the key into the River Seine. Throwing the key further symbolized the testament to love and commitment. Recently, the historical Pont des Arts bridge has been in danger of crumble as the heavy locks bare too much weight for the structure to hold. June of last year was the first scare as a five foot section of the bridge's rail collapsed from the weight of the locks. Now local protestors are showing their own love for the bridge as they ignite their "no love lock" campaign. Paris officials are listening, as the city plans to immediately remove over 45 tons of locks. It is ironic that a tradition that promoted love and commitment now puts a beloved landmark in danger of demise. What will the loss of such a culturally rooted tradition mean for the city of love and it's hundreds of thousands of tourists? [More]

June 2, 2015
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Toya Graham Hits Her Point Home- Mom Says "No" To Son In Riots

June 2, 2015 05:55 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Toya Graham is a single mother who lives in a run-down and dangerous neighborhood in West Baltimore. She was not a likely candidate for national recognition, and yet, there are many who are hailing Toya as a hero. Riots broke out in Baltimore following the death of Freddy Gray, a 25-year-old African American man. Toya would not let her son participate in the riots and took a stand on this. [More]

June 1, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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The Controversy in Hawaii is Representative of Important Issues World-Wide

June 1, 2015 05:55 by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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The Hawaiian Islands are widely known for their beauty and rich cultural diversity. Located in the North Pacific Ocean, they encompass some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, some of the highest mountain peaks, volcanoes, waterfalls, rain forests, and protected land and native species. The climate in Hawaii boasts eleven of the thirteen climate zones in the world. The climate zones each have unique ecosystems and characteristics that make up their weather patterns. With all the natural beauty that Hawaii has to offer, the Hawaiian Culture and Spirit remain today the most powerful aspects of what make the Hawaiian Islands so special. [More]

May 30, 2015
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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Operation Jade Helm 15: Cause for concern?

May 30, 2015 05:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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Whether on US soils or abroad, military exercises have been taking place for years. For whatever reason or combination of reasons, Jade Helm 15, a massive multi-state military exercise, has attracted the attention of the public. For some people it has raised concern about the federal government’s motives and intentions as it relates to them and their family’s personal freedom and future well-being. Public reaction to these concerns is varied from outright rejection and mockery, to cautious consideration there might be something undisclosed that is worthy of concern, to rising hysteria about the federal government targeting specific groups of citizens. [More]