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  • 08 Apr 2016 12:07 AM | Gail Nagel

    Online therapy is opening more doors, but with what boundary crossings or violations? 

    What opportunities will present themselves and what will concerns will arise.  Read this interesting article for some provocative concepts.

    http://www.psychotherapy.net/article/online-psychotherapy-in-bed?

  • 01 Mar 2016 1:50 PM | Gail Nagel

    The client with OCD knows the symptom is irrational but is compelled to act.  This article looks at the neuroplasticity of the brain and its access to the principle of shifting focus and distancing from the compulsion. 

    Using PET scans, Dr. Schwartz proved his point that clients could move from compulsions through awareness and free will.  Read on.

    http://discovermagazine.com/2013/nov/14-defense-free-will


  • 01 Mar 2016 1:49 PM | Gail Nagel

    The assumption that parents can waive confidentially of their children’s mental health records has undergone some legal challenges.  Read on for some dramatic changes in the rights of children to privacy of their counseling records.  Important news for those who provide services to children and their parents.

    http://www.socialworktoday.com/news/eoe_082415.shtml


  • 01 Mar 2016 1:49 PM | Gail Nagel

    Studies continue the ferret out what makes someone resilient or not?  Is it inherent in personality characteristics, in one’s perception of the event or are resilient people just gifted?  Read on for value points to incorporate in your daily practice.

    http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/the-secret-formula-for-resilience


  • 02 Feb 2016 2:14 PM | Gail Nagel

    An interesting study of 54 young adults diagnosed with Aspergers, and found to meet criteria for PDDs. Recent studies indicate a genetic source of autism, but what about PDDs? How should this influence our treatment?

    http://www.gnc.gu.se/digitalAssets/1349/1349901_lugneg--rd-personality-disorders-and-autism-.pdf


  • 02 Feb 2016 2:14 PM | Gail Nagel

    An ongoing debate continues between the psychoanalytic camp and the CBT camp on how much is too much.  The use of self in a therapeutic relationship continues to be strength for some and indulgence for others.  Read on for an interesting perspective.

    https://www.psychotherapy.net/article/irvin-yalom-story


  • 02 Feb 2016 2:13 PM | Gail Nagel

    Depression assessment has been proposed by the US Preventive Services Task Force as necessary given its clinical morbidity.  With the focus on PQRS in treating a geriatric population, this expanded view to all over the age of 15 speaks to depression as a leading cause of disability.  With proper diagnosis and treatment,  lives can be saved.

    The second link is to and extensive list of depression assessment tools readily available for your use in practice.

    http://www.mdlinx.com/neurology/washington-report/2016/01/26/6511349

    http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/family_medicine/rcmar/depression_tools.htm


  • 06 Jan 2016 12:07 AM | Gail Nagel

    This site brings multiple resources to build resilient parenting in this challenging age.  How often could you use a tool in your kit to direct clients to find solutions to everyday problems with school aged children?  Explore further on this site for additional information to pass along.

    http://www.greatschools.org/gk/emotional-toolbox/?utm_source=GreatKids&utm_medium=web&utm_content=emotional_smarts_module&utm_campaign=Emotional_Smarts


  • 06 Jan 2016 12:06 AM | Gail Nagel

    Do people construct their own reality and therefore have an awareness of the solutions to their difficulties?  In the 80's, Berg and De Shazer developed a mode in therapy that followed an inquiry based script used primarily in addictions.  Now the protocol is being applied to supervision.  Take a look at this article for an interesting perspetive.

    http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/090915p24.shtml


  • 06 Jan 2016 12:06 AM | Gail Nagel

    We are all familiar with PTSD, but GROWTH?  Surprisingly, researchers looking for treatment methodologies have happened upon this concept.  75% of adults have suffered some traumatic event in their lives and now we realize these can be translated into growth.  Watch this innovative TED talk by a gaming designer on the options she found to overcome her closed head injury.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life?language=en


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