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  • 03 Feb 2017 12:06 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Read on for a historical view of the development of this dialogue. Looking to the growth of feminist movement as a springboard to greater awareness of multi-culturism we can see how it informs our ideas of cultural competency and race.

  • 03 Feb 2017 12:04 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    I don’t know if it is just my age/stage but it seems the work of grief never ends, both for us and our clients.  This NY Times essay speaks in terms that might bring comfort but not denial.  Philosophy brings us many gifts and this way of looking at loss, seems a gift in itself.  Read on and share.

  • 03 Feb 2017 12:03 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    In couples therapy we are firmly instructed not to take sides.  But is this really therapeutic?  Are clients so fragile that they can’t take the truth?  How do we skillfully confront the behavior, calling it by it’s name and helping clients to deal with it?  Read on for a sample of this process as skillfully plied by Terry Real.

  • 18 Jan 2017 11:55 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    When confronted with unpleasant comments about our performance, what emotions overwhelm us? Shame, resentment and fear can flush our faces and determine our response.  How can we manage these situations?  The technique mentioned in this article from Harvard Business Review would be good to use and to share with our clients....

  • 03 Jan 2017 9:34 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Traditionally, touch between therapist and client was restricted, a domonstration of good boundaries.  Where have the taboos proven too demanding of distance resulting in a disservice to clients?  Read this very comprehensive review of the dogma and of its application to real life situations.

  • 03 Jan 2017 12:33 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    This short essay on a couples case makes us stop and see where cultural competence can effect outcome.  Do you agree after reading that the therapist did a disservice to the clients in their search for information and support?  Do we too often rely on our years of experience to guide us in new and challenging cases?

  • 05 Dec 2016 11:05 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    What are the psychological mechanisms behind regret?  Does it serve us morally or is it compromised by the nature of self forgiveness? How do we help our clients in this experience?

  • 05 Dec 2016 11:04 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    No studies have been published on the impact of therapy offered in a home office as opposed to a commercial office space.  There are however clinical concerns to be addressed when deciding how to construct appropriate boundaries between your personal and professional lives. Read on.

  • 05 Dec 2016 11:04 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    This is an example of one of the many apps available to individual users is this which can be of aid for those with memory loss due to dementia or to Alzheimer’s disease. Take a look.

  • 05 Dec 2016 11:03 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Our philosophy about good psychotherapy is that it is relationship based.  But here on our horizon is the concept of an app that one can access on a smartphone that will meet one’s needs for counseling.  The apps come in 5 different categories: mood tracking, activity-based, mindfulness practice, real-time interaction, and technology-assisted.  They are being offered by client’s health insurers to encourage self care.

    What effect will this have on real time in-person therapy?  This is an issue worth significant discussion within our ranks.

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