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July 18, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Why Now? Bill Cosby: Rape Allegations Resurface

July 18, 2015 23:17 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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In February of 2014, a rape accusation of one of the great patriarchs of the 1980’s resurfaced. News casters and reporters were revisiting Bill Cosby, otherwise known as Heathcliff Huxtable’s past accusations of sexual assault against multiple women. Since 2005, women have come forth alleging that Mr. Cosby violated them. Some of the events stemmed as far back as 1970’s but weren’t brought to light until 2005. Mr. Cosby, a man that many perceive as a jovial, loving, fun father figure has recently been characterized as a “monster” who admittedly gave Quaaludes to women with the intent to have sex with them. [More]

July 17, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Nintendo CEO Dies at Age 55, Leaving a Legacy of Happiness

July 17, 2015 05:55 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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The same day that Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo for more than a decade, passed away from a long growing tumor, there was a rainbow seen over the headquarters of the gaming giant’s headquarters in Kyoto. This symbol served as an appropriate tribute to the man who ushered in an age of cross cultural, cross national and cross age interaction with technology. Iwata had a vision of future with video games that made them accessible all kinds of people, especially those who had never felt comfortable with them before. [More]

July 15, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Forgiveness is Not Defeat in Charleston

July 15, 2015 10:16 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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In the aftermath of the stunning massacre of nine innocent people in a church in Charleston, America is left asking itself: what comes next? For the family members of those whose lives were lost, the answer came quickly - forgiveness. A few short days after the attack, sisters, children and grandchildren of the slain offered words of forgiveness for perpetrator Dylann Roof. [More]

July 13, 2015
by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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Indiana Families Fight for Autism Coverage

July 13, 2015 09:25 by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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There is a fight brewing in Indiana regarding continued insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis for the treatment of autism, and the end result may cause an important ripple, affecting how autism treatment is covered in other states. Parents of an autistic son brought forth a class action suit on April 9th against Indianapolis-based Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield after the insurance company cut services for their son. Anthem maintains that autism treatment is not the responsibility of insurance but of the school system during school hours. [More]

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]