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March 21, 2018
by Amy Rollo

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Protecting Against Compassion Fatigue

March 21, 2018 18:23 by Amy Rollo

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Compassion fatigue is often described as a loss of caring about clients, often to a degree of feeling irritated by their problems (Brown, 2017). A person-centered approach is often noted as the foundation for any therapeutic relationship. A person-centered approach includes having unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence for a client. Compassion fatigue and person-centered therapy simply cannot go together. In fact, most experts would agree that the therapeutic relationship is the most important indicator for the likelihood of success in treatment. The question becomes how can therapists continue to practice to earn a living while also making themselves susceptible to compassion fatigue? [More]

February 7, 2018
by Tracey Block

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The Psychology of Centenarians

February 7, 2018 01:09 by Tracey Block

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More people than ever before are living to age 100 and older. Is there a secret to their long life? For decades, scientists and researchers have examined genetics, diet and other lifestyle choices. But recently, studies are investigating the mental health of the very old in the world's population to see if the key to longevity may actually be psychological. [More]

March 21, 2017
by Hilda Huj

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Mental Health Illness: The State That Affects Us All

March 21, 2017 13:03 by Hilda Huj

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We often talk about mental illness as something that only affects the person who is experiencing it. However, we often forget the other people who are affected by it - us. We may not experience a mental illness ourselves, but it is very likely that a family member, friend, or co-worker will experience difficulties related to the mental health illness. And, consequently, their experience of the mental health illness will affect us. No one's illness, whether physical or mental, affects only the individual and no one else. [More]

September 8, 2016
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Self-Care: Taking Care of the Caregiver

September 8, 2016 03:04 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Self-care can be defined as healthy lifestyle changes and stress management behaviors. The term was coined by medical and mental health professionals and became popular in the 1980’s. It involves choosing behaviors to aid in moderating emotional and physical stressors (Mienecke, 2010). It also means to self-soothe and calm our physical and emotional stress. The practice of self-care can involve.... [More]

June 30, 2016
by Trey and Rebecca Harrison, MA, LPC

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ACA Says "Bye Felicia" To Nashville

June 30, 2016 23:03 by Trey and Rebecca Harrison, MA, LPC

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2016 will be a year remembered for dramatic exits and entrances, especially in issues related to ethics and equality. The field of professional counseling is no haven from various controversies as the preeminent national organization for professional counselors, the American Counseling Association (ACA), recently made headlines for their responses to legislation passed in Tennessee. [More]

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

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Jon Stewart and the Bull

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

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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]