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July 12, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Loss of an Icon: Bill Cosby and the Truth About Quaaludes

July 12, 2015 05:55 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Over the course of the last year, Bill Cosby has fallen hard from his place as a beloved figure in American culture to a disgraced man who is constantly at war for over his legacy. His status as the icon of family entertainment and solid values has been thrown completely into question with the sensational allegations against him, with dozens of women accusing Cosby of having drugged and then raped them. Recently there has been a release of deposition information from 2005 in which Cosby admits to having pursued the purchase of the now illicit drug quaaludes for the purposes of giving it to women in a sexual context. [More]

July 9, 2015
by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

What is health and well-being?

July 9, 2015 16:31 by Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

Paid your dues in therapy, but still not sure if your ‘issues’ are getting any better? Sometimes we get so focused on what is going wrong, we don’t know what feeling better looks like. In this video, learn about the neural mechanisms that underscore wellbeing and the universal marker for health: integration. [More]

July 7, 2015
by Dr. Irina Kerzhnerman,Phd

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The Changing Face of Marijuana Use

July 7, 2015 12:22 by Dr. Irina Kerzhnerman,Phd

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Last month, the City of Miami Beach disclosed that they are considering changing the city ordinance around marijuana possession to allow for a fine rather than incarceration for possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana for personal use. Although there was a time when this kind of policy change would have met with outrage and social protest, the changing climate towards marijuana use in the United States in the past several years makes this legislative consideration not all that surprising. [More]

July 5, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Facebook Pride - Activism or Cause for Concern?

July 5, 2015 15:28 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Over the last several weeks, there has been a remarkable swell of celebration following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow gay marriage in America, and in fact all over the world. While this has been visible on television and in the newspapers, nowhere has the depth of the movement in support of gay marriage been more visible than on social media. Anyone who has logged into their Facebook account has seen the overlay of rainbows on the profile pictures of people everywhere. What is surprising is that the rainbow overlay isn't some independent promotion from an outside source, but rather it's a function that was created by Facebook itself, from right at the headquarters of the social media giant. [More]

July 3, 2015
by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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The Power in the Practice of Mindfulness

July 3, 2015 21:59 by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Although the brain is complex, it requires regular maintenance in order to operate at its full capacity. Mindfulness is likened to closing the apps running in the background on a smart phone in order to increase speed and performance. Slowing down and living in the moment can actually improve the function of the mind, body, and overall life experience (Albeinz & Holmes, 2000). [More]

June 29, 2015
by Henry M. Pittman, MA

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Dolezal and Deception: NAACP Controversy

June 29, 2015 05:55 by Henry M. Pittman, MA

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Rachel Dolezal (Perez-Pena, 2015) obtained her master degree from Howard University in 2002, a historical black college, that she sued for discrimination because of being she was white female. In 2008 (Perez-Pena, 2015) Rachel began verbalizing herself as African American or a mix of. Since the controversy Rachel Dolezal (Perez-Pena, 2015) was forced to resign as the NAACP Spokeman Chapter leader and no longer an employee of Eastern Washington University where she was a professor teaching African Studies. What many individuals are upset with regarding Rachel Dolezal is the alleged deception. This article is about is not about Rachel Dolezal or her ethnicity status, it is about deception in general and deceptive strategies. [More]

June 26, 2015
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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The Golden Years – Delusion or Tarnished Treasure?

June 26, 2015 05:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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Actor Christopher Lee recently died at the ripe old age of 97 leaving one to ponder what it is like to be an elderly person in America today? A myriad of thoughts pour out. As longevity increased due to access to healthcare, better nutrition, and improved hygiene, dilemmas for the elderly and their families have arisen on multiple fronts - ethical, moral, and social. Adult children are pulled between meeting their responsibilities to their own spouses, children, and employer as they struggle to meet the needs of their aging parents whose retirement finances are often woefully inadequate to cover their long-term care and medical needs. [More]

June 24, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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The Women’s World Cup is Going On - But Most People Don’t Know It

June 24, 2015 07:41 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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The FIFA World Cup is the most watched and followed broadcast event on Earth, more watched than the Olympics or the Super Bowl. Type it into any search engine or ask someone on the street and the answer is always the same; the World Cup is THE soccer championship. Yet when people speak about the World Cup, they are actually excluding half of the population. The FIFA World Cup is in actuality the FIFA Men’s World Cup. There is a separate soccer championship for women, called the FIFA Women’s World Cup, being played this year in Canada from June 6th to July 5th. It has a wholly different set of rules and regulations, and a wholly different place in the history of soccer. Up until recently women’s soccer has been a footnote, but that history might be changing. [More]

June 24, 2015
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The Other Caitlyn- Dog Abuse Explored

June 24, 2015 05:55 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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On May 27, 2015 a brown, 38 pound, 15-month-old Staffordshire/pitbull mix, named Caitlyn was found with electrical tape tightly wrapped around her muzzle in Charleston, South Carolina. This abuse exposed her to many life-threatening situations. Caitlyn’s tongue was caught between her teeth, which resulted in the blood flow to her tongue being cut off. She could not bark, eat, pant to cool herself, defend herself or pick anything up. For all intents and purposes, Caitlyn was cut off from the world. It is estimated that she suffered for 36 - 48 hours. [More]

June 23, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Spring Break Gang Rape Watched by Hundreds: The Bystander Effect

June 23, 2015 11:20 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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In March of 2015, while onlookers drank and partied, a young woman was brutally raped by three male college students. Later in April of 2015, while watching the news, the young victim recognized her tattoos in the video that portrayed the violent rape. It was then she realized, it was her that was being violated. Was it a flood of emotion or numbness that she felt as she watched her body being publicly abused? To worsen matters, there were hundreds of people within feet of the cr [More]