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October 29, 2015
by Anne Kip Watson

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Football Season - Preventing Child Head Trauma

October 29, 2015 04:04 by Anne Kip Watson

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With recent headlines for the National Football League on head injuries revealing devastating results, more questions are now being raised about how to keep kids safe from similar future outcomes. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, new research examining the brains of 91 deceased football players found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in 96 perfect of them. [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 07:55 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 Eric Ellis, Psy.D.

Current Events and Retraumatization (Video)

June 8, 2015 07:55 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]

April 18, 2015
by Joan Childs,LCSW

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How Terrorism Terrorizes Us

April 18, 2015 07:55 by Joan Childs,LCSW

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Nearly four years after September 11, 2001, an abstract was published online. Its title: The Impact of Terrorism on Brain and Behavior: What We Know and What We Need to Know. This abstract was based on papers presented by Paul Slovic, Rachel Yehuda, Edna Foa, Daniel Pine, Matthew Friedman, John Krystal, and Robert Ursano at the ACNP meeting in December 2003 (Yehuda & Human, 2005). This article draws attention to how terrorism continues to terrorize us so many years later. [More]

April 14, 2015
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Vicarious Trauma, the Media, and Police Brutality: When is enough, enough?

April 14, 2015 10:43 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Sasha enters the waiting room of her psychologist trembling. Her heart is racing as she struggles to breathe. She has heart palpitations and the room is spinning. She feels as if she is about to die. The psychologist rushes out to console and comfort her. Sasha is having a panic attack. Why? Prior to her therapy appointment, she watched countless hours of a local news network covering the recent events centering police brutality. Sasha has a similar story. She was assaulted by police several years prior. As a result, she developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. [More]

April 11, 2015
by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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WWI Cave Writings Discovered: Soldiers Coping Brought to Life

April 11, 2015 14:55 by Lee Kehoe, MS, LMHC, NCC

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As if inscribed today, the crisp etching “James Cockburn 8th Durham, L.I.” followed by the inscribed date “April 1, 1917” was discovered on the walls of the cave like tunnels in Naours, France. The date provided clues to the World War I time period in which thousands of soldiers left such markings in the stone walls. Archaeologist, Gilles Prilaux, made the surprising discovery while studying the Naours tunnels as a lens into the middle ages. The Naours tunnels are far from the front lines of the WWI battlefields, yet 1,821 soldiers from the U.S., Australia, Britain, and Canada made their way into the underground tunnels for reasons that are now being further explored by historians. [More]

March 20, 2015
by Trey and Rebecca Harrison, MA, LPC

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Adoptions in Crisis: Complicated Mental Health Issues Lead to Disruptions and Dissolutions

March 20, 2015 07:55 by Trey and Rebecca Harrison, MA, LPC

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Rehoming. Disruption. Dissolution. These terms have been tossed around flippantly, often used interchangeably, in the news lately. However, they each encompass very different meanings and have different implications in the world of adoption. This month, Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris and his wife Marsha continually made headlines for rehoming their two adopted daughters to a friend they knew for years. This ‘friend’ eventually raped one of the girls (Arkansas State Representative, 2015). [More]

March 14, 2015
by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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School Shootings on the Rise. International Unrest. Personal Crisis - How Do You Cope?

March 14, 2015 07:55 by Alicia Meade, MA, LCSW

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For most of us, meeting with misfortune and struggle is a part of life. In fact, surviving adversity is often viewed as beneficial and necessary. According to one Danish Proverb: “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.” When a person survives life’s difficulties and demonstrates the ability to withstand all of the stress that goes along with it, he or she is described as “resilient”. The Oxford Dictionary defines resilience as “The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape.” [More]