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  • 03 Oct 2017 1:28 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Things aren’t as bad as they appear. True? Or False? This article challenges pessimism as a correct stance today. It is a hard concept to accept given the political, physical, financial and psychological actions to which we are subject. Read on for some interesting facts and figures comparing today to yesterday. Perhaps there is room for a little optimism.

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/jul/28/is-the-world-really-better-than-ever-the-new-optimists

  • 03 Oct 2017 1:26 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Hope continues that we may one day find the causation behind the act of suicide. Is it existential in nature? Is it biochemical? Research at the Psychiatric Institute in NYC is progressing in identifying differences in the brains of those who commit suicide and a control group with natural causes of death. What is the answer, how can we help? Take a look.

    https://www.psychotherapynetworker.org/blog/details/1295/pinpointing-suicidality-with-brain-science?

  • 02 Oct 2017 1:25 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Is it time to let him go? Is the twenty first century debunking Freudian theory? This article recently reviews the revisionist theories of Freud, his evidence, his science, and his mistakes.  How does he serve us if he is discredited in his casework?  He is the father of talk therapy and we all know the interpersonal relationship is what heals, so…..maybe that’s enough.  Read on for an interesting debate. 

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/28/why-freud-survives?

  • 31 Aug 2017 11:36 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Counseling involves memories, ours and the client’s. Neuroscience is working overtime looking at how memories are made, are retained and are lost. This short article sees memory making as a whole brain activity.  See what you think.

    https://www.wired.com/story/your-brain-is-memories


  • 31 Aug 2017 11:34 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Burnout is a self protective attempt in an environment where the stressors attack the worker. What was important and had meaning, no longer does. The desire to do good works gives in to just existence. What difference do coping styles make? Read on for a discussion of overload, development and neglect.

    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0089090


  • 31 Aug 2017 11:33 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    How often have you been stymied by a client pushing back against your greatest insights? We put a tremendous amount of pressure on ourselves when we see resistance as a problem. It is actually a signpost!

    Watch and listen because you are on the brink of a breakthrough. Why resist unless there is something to protect. Read this for a very thorough discussion of what to do.

    http://www.psychotherapy.net/article/resistant-clients


  • 03 Aug 2017 12:57 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Neurologists have reinforced for us the tool of journaling helping to increase the ability of the brain to process and retain information.  The use of journaling is not new to counseling but in today’s electronic world we’ve lost the use of the pen to paper.  This method creates a mind body activity stimulating retrieval and finally an analysis of the material. 

    Use this article as a tutorial for clients and perhaps a refresher for yourself.

     https://journal.thriveglobal.com/start-journaling-54ea2edb104


  • 03 Aug 2017 12:57 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Many adults were never diagnosed with ADHD in childhood, but are paying the price in adulthood for their lack of resources.  Educational interruption, work disruption and relationship discord often populate their lives. 

    What can we do to aid in this difficult neuropsychological disorder?

    And what can we do if this is not our area of expertise? 

    https://www.mdlinx.com/psychiatry/article/910/ZZ84C9608F4FC14FCD92387769508AAB2E/?news_id=470&newsdt=06281

    Read on for a more comprehensive description of assessment and monitoring instruments to help you make decisions about CBT and Psychosocial interventions. This article has a wealth of information not only of diagnostic materials but of treatment protocols.

    https://www.dovepress.com/assessment-and-monitoring-of-treatment-response-in-adult-adhd-patients-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-NDT


  • 06 Jun 2017 1:12 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    In our society the search for solitude can be seen as anti-social.  Texting, instagrams, emails all keep us in the place where response is necessary and normal.  However, what do we lose when we are never on our own?

    https://thewalrus.ca/the-benefits-of-solitude/?


  • 06 Jun 2017 1:12 AM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    How much do we actually change over time?  Research indicates that our future self probably doesn’t look the way we assumed.  Read on to discover how time transforms us.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_you_are_always_changing


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