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April 14, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

corn stocks

Jon Stewart and the Bull

April 14, 2016 18:42 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

corn stocks
On his program, The Daily Show, on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart put up with little or no “bull”. He gleefully punched holes in the comments of the pompous and hypocritical. He maintained an enthusiastic following for sixteen years. On April 1, 2016 (it was no April Fool’s joke) Jon changed his stance and went out of his way to save a bull named Frank.... [More]

November 19, 2015
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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Schools, Stress, Violence, and Resilience: Our Children's Environments

November 19, 2015 21:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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School is now in full swing and children, as well as then parents, are probably experiencing increased demands on their time and their coping abilities. School involves concerns beyond those experienced by parents when they were children. Not only do children today report anxiety about school performance and acceptance, they also deal with increased violence in their place of learning. [More]

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

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Forgiveness is Not Defeat in Charleston

July 15, 2015 12:16 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]

March 28, 2015
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

diversity

When Differences Collide - The Why of Beliefs and Opinions

March 28, 2015 07:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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There is a war being waged in America today – a war spanning the course of American history pitting American against American, and human against human. Disrespect for others has escalated to the point of hatred and become pernicious in its capacity to destroy individuals, families, and social entities. While the judicial system can legislate guidelines governing behavior, it is incapable of controlling human thoughts. According to Judeo-Christian thought, a person’s unfiltered thoughts emanate from the heart and are indicative of personality and behavior. (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV) [More]

January 29, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

violence stigma and mental illness understandingthe real connections

Violence, Stigma, and Mental Illness: Understanding the Real Connections

January 29, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

violence stigma and mental illness understandingthe real connections
Violence is a main cause of stigma toward people with mental illness, but lack of knowledge and education are also part of the problem. People with mental illness are no more likely to commit violent acts than anyone else, but when mental illness is present with substance abuse and a history of violence, that risk does increase. As a society, we must better understand and effectively address all causes of violence. [More]

October 10, 2014
by David Porter, MA

lets not talk about itand maybeit wont happen

Let’s Not Talk about it and Maybe it Won’t Happen: Violence Toward Staff

October 10, 2014 18:55 by David Porter, MA

lets not talk about itand maybeit wont happen
If you are a MH/SA staff, providing counseling, psychotherapy, case management, or medication to this population, there is a certain degree of risk involved. The risk is greater if you work with an offender population, and individuals with a history of violence. If proper precautions are taken, support and protection are provided from co-workers and the agency, proper training is received, and good judgment based on training and education are exercised, safety to staff, as well as patients and bystanders, is enhanced. However, improper handling will result in problems. FB- Mental health and substance abuse workers are unfortunately at risk for experiencing violence in the workplace. Here are some things you can do to protect yourself. [More]