Category Archives: Current Issues

Current issues of note in the fields of mental health and social service.

Comfort and Joy, Peace and Good Will

At this time of year, I and my family want to wish all of you reading this – my clients (past, present, and future), my students, and my colleagues – much “Comfort and joy” and true peace. This is a… Continue Reading Comfort and Joy, Peace and Good Will

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Predicting and Preventing Workplace Violence: An EAP’s Worst Nightmare
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The recent tragedy involving the murders of a news reporter and camera operator on the air in Roanoke, Virginia is a reminder that workplace grievances and grudges can erupt into violence very easily, and that terminating a person’s employment can… Continue Reading Predicting and Preventing Workplace Violence: An EAP’s Worst Nightmare

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Holiday Lapses

For people who’ve made positive changes in their lives, holidays can be slippery spots. Individuals who have quit drinking, smoking, or using drugs, people recovering from compulsive gambling or overeating, and people who have been substituting healthier behaviors for unhealthy… Continue Reading Holiday Lapses

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Blogging for Mental Health – Reducing Stigma and Supporting Treatment

} On May 14, the American Psychological Asociation is encouraging members to blog on subjects related to mental health and mental illness. This is an opportune time for me to reflect on what has been accomplished in the nearly forty… Continue Reading Blogging for Mental Health – Reducing Stigma and Supporting Treatment

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Mindfulness Basics

Mindfulness has become a hot topic in mental health and addictions treatment in recent years. Mindfulness techniques, including mindfulness meditation, have become standard items in the cognitive-behavioral therapy toolkit. This makes sense if you understand that many symptoms (including anxiety,… Continue Reading Mindfulness Basics

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The Little Green Elephant

You may notice that each page on my website now has a little green doohickey near the bottom with an elephant’s head and the word “Clip.” If you are a user of the app called Evernote, you’ll know what this… Continue Reading The Little Green Elephant

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Colleague Shout-Out: The Center for Contextual Change

Last night I visited the downtown office of the Center for Contextual Change, an established psychotherapy organization that specializes in treating the effects of trauma. I had the opportunity to speak with Mary Jo Barrett, LCSW, a founder of the… Continue Reading Colleague Shout-Out: The Center for Contextual Change

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Concern about Employees Means More than “Canned” Tips on a Website

McDonald’s has come under fire in recent weeks for a series of posts on an employee web portal (now deleted) which struck many people as insensitive at best and hypocritical at worst. The “tip sheets” included a health page from a… Continue Reading Concern about Employees Means More than “Canned” Tips on a Website

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October 22, 2013 Rally for Illinois Marriage Equality

I traveled to the Illinois State Capitol this week with a busload of faculty, staff, and students from Adler School of Professional Psychology, for a rally and march in support of SB 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,… Continue Reading October 22, 2013 Rally for Illinois Marriage Equality

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A Tough Uncle: On “Being Losers”

In the latest example of what are becoming all-too-frequent acts of unspeakable horror, homemade bombs killed three people and seriously wounded dozens more at the beloved Boston Marathon this week. The act itself seems to fit the definition of terrorism… Continue Reading A Tough Uncle: On “Being Losers”

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