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Friday, May 23, 2008

PART 2: Legal Protection, Civil Liberties Fallen By the Wayside

[Part 1 was posted earlier today. I believe this is "must" reading for anyone interested in how the knowledge gained through psychology and therapy may be used. Earthbeat] Once you begin to think of the world as composed of people who are part of the human community and people who are not, to react... Sign in to see full entry.

MUST READ: Legal Protection, Civil Liberties Fallen By the Wayside

The following statement, whether one is conservative or liberal ought to be a cause for concern. I will post the first part of it this morning. Called a Statement on Psychologists, Detention Facilities, and Torture, it is by Professor Craig Haney of the Psychology Department, University of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

ACT Workbook for Therapists

Helping Therapists to Learn a New ACT Acceptance and Commitment Therapy -- known as ACT -- has been growing in popularity among therapists who are attracted by empirical data suggesting it is at least as effective, if not more so, than other modalities for such problems as anxiety, depression, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Listening Has Great Therapeutic Value

You Listen to Me Feelings of helplessness swirled around me as I listened to her on the phone, a woman who has suffered multiple traumas in her life, and has the wounds that result from gross cruelty. This patient of mine, whom I serve in the community, has a sharp mind, a gentle heart, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 16, 2008

New Policy Will Encourage Troops to Get Trauma Treatment

In the midst of so much bad news this past week came one encouraging story from Reuter that is truly good news for any American soldier who needs treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. It used to be that US troops who sought psychological care after combat could lose their security... Sign in to see full entry.

Cultural and Spiritual Beliefs in Psychotherapy

Therapists have become increasingly aware of how important their clients' cultural and religious beliefs are to them. It's more than a matter of simply recognizing a person's culture or faith, but being aware that aspects of these may indeed be helpful in maximizing treatment impact. We know, for... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Author With Bipolar Disoder Describes Horrendous Mental Illness

In a word, mental illness is hell. As a therapist who has lived with chronic depression for a quarter century, I know of what I speak. But I am often reminded of just how much worse hell has been for other people with mental illness, and realize I am relatively fortunate. For example: "It's hard to... Sign in to see full entry.

Open Access Journals a Therapist's Best Friend

One of a therapist's greatest challenges is keeping up with the literature on everything from empirical studies of various therapies to new learnings about the brain made possible through ultra-modern imaging techniques. The problem in keeping up has long been the cost of subscribing to journals... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Address Coorection for APA DSM V Work Group Announcement

Good morning all. I realize I sent by mistake the url for another pdf document I was working with yesterday, rather than the correct APA address. The APA address is http://www.psych.org/MainMenu/Newsroom/NewsReleases/2008NewsReleases/dsmwg.aspx However, if you are interested in software for a... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thoughts on DSM V From a Therapist

In my last post I noted that a friend of mine, a therapist, had made some quick initial comments to the announcement May 1 of work group members for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual's fifth edition, to be published in 2012. Known as DSM-V, it will be the successor to DSM-IV, the American... Sign in to see full entry.

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