Category Archives: Mental Health Topics

Interviewed for Addiction Professional Magazine

I was interviewed for an article in Addiction Professional magazine, on the subject of “Training for New Settings.” The author also spoke to my colleague, Dr. Joseph Troiani, who is the director of the Substance Abuse Certificate Program at Adler School… Continue Reading Interviewed for Addiction Professional Magazine

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Unspeakable Horror

In the aftermath of the horrific shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School, we see (as we do after each of these increasingly common incidents) many pieces in news media and from mental health experts (including the American Psychological Association) on… Continue Reading Unspeakable Horror

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Advances in Addiction Treatment – 2012

I recently attended a training workshop presented by Gateway Foundation at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. The presenter, David Mee-Lee, M.D., was one of the editors of the criteria used by substance abuse counselors to guide placement into treatment.… Continue Reading Advances in Addiction Treatment – 2012

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Synthetic Cannabinoids – A Scary Brew

I attended a conference today on synthetic cannabinoid drugs, such as “Spice,” K-2, and “bath salts.” These are drugs made by altering the chemical properties of an existing drugs, primarily THC (cannabis, or marijuana). Although their popularity seems to have… Continue Reading Synthetic Cannabinoids – A Scary Brew

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Professor Sir Michael Marmot at Local Conference on Urban Mental Health

Today’s keynote speaker at the Adler School of Professional Psychology’s conference on urban mental health was Professor Sir Michael Marmot, a researcher at University College London who specializes in studying health inequities around the world. He made a number of… Continue Reading Professor Sir Michael Marmot at Local Conference on Urban Mental Health

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Mental Health Parity: Are We There Yet?

Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and Rep. Mike Quigley held a public hearing this evening in Chicago, on the current state of the Domenici-Wellstone Mental Health Parity and Substance Abuse Equity Act, which President Obama signed into law… Continue Reading Mental Health Parity: Are We There Yet?

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A Basic Employee Assistance Program for Your Business

If you are an owner, supervisor, or manager in a small to mid-size business, and you have concerns about the effect that personal problems may be having on the job performance of one or more of your employees, there is… Continue Reading A Basic Employee Assistance Program for Your Business

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Adler Child Guidance Center Parenting Trainer Workshop

On February 24th and 25th, the Child Guidance Center of Adler School of Professional Psychology will be hosting a Positive Discipline program, Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way, at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.   

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SMART Recovery expands Chicagoland meetings

I have been talking this week to some individuals who are Facilitators and Advisors to SMART Recovery groups in Chicago, and have learned that more meetings are taking place than ever before. This is a positive development for people struggling… Continue Reading SMART Recovery expands Chicagoland meetings

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Disease Redefined

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has issued a new definition of “Addiction” as of August, 2011. This definition stresses the neurobehavioral aspects of addictive disorders and essentially defines them as “brain diseases.”  

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