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Jun
05

Pushing the Ball Forward, Faster: Using the COVID-19 Pandemic to Expand Forensic Telehealth

There is no doubt that the world has changed for everyone over the last few months. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive disruption in almost every aspect of life and has forced most individuals and organizations, including threat assessment professionals, to shift, change, or adapt operations quickly to maintain service provision. Threat assessment professionals may […]

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Jun
05

The Impact of Brain Injury on Behavior Remains Convoluted: Traumatic Brain Injury and Threat/Override Control

This study examined whether self-reported traumatic brain injury (TBI) was associated with psychosis and/or the development of threat/control-override (TCO) symptoms in a sample of delinquent juveniles and early adults. The results reflect that there was an association between TBI and psychotic symptoms; however, TBI was not significantly associated with TCO. Nevertheless, paranoid ideation and psychoticism […]

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Jun
05

Mindfulness Activity #79

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking” Good Morning. Recently, I have been getting advice on how to begin running from my brother, an elite athlete who has finished both Ironman and Ultraman Triathalons. I was telling him that when I try to run, I […]

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Jun
04

Mindfulness Activity #78

Perseverance Good Morning. It is a bedrock principle of Zen that change is not possible without acceptance. One must radically accept that a problem exists and fully accept the magnitude of a problem, its consequences, and our feelings and thoughts about a problem in order to move towards fruitful action. We all have a problem […]

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Jun
03

Mindfulness Activity #77

You have the right to be seen Good Morning. Today is my third son’s birthday. He is a gift– a kind soul who is very thoughtful about the experiences of others. He has made me think about the fact that how we as a nation treat our people is reflective of how we allow children […]

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Jun
02

Mindfulness Activity #76

Thoughts on Sangha Good Morning. Today I am tired. I slept well, but I’m still tired. Today we will focus on what to do when staying connected is emotionally exhausting. Yesterday, we talked about the importance of staying in the present, even if the present is painful. It is important for us, but even more […]

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Jun
01

Spirit in Session – Working with Your Client’s Spirituality (and Your Own) with Russell Siler Jones

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Russell Siler Jones on the practical nuts and bolts of bringing spirituality into our work as counselors and mental health workers. They discuss attending to our clients spirituality (in whatever form that comes, attending to our own spirituality, and the intersection of psychotherapy and spiritual direction. [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Jun
01

Mindfulness Activity #75

Transforming Injustice Through Compassion Good Morning. Today, it is good to notice that the sun is shining. But, the anguish in our country is painfully clear. My thoughts are swirling. So permit me a little more dialogue than usual to try to express my thoughts for today. I’d like to offer my understanding of what […]

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Jun
01

#BlackLivesMatter

The racial, economic, and moral injustices Black people, and Indigenous people and People of Color, have experienced in this country are entwined with America’s history of slavery, colonization, racism, and the systemic structures that keep them in place. Our duty, as mental health practitioners, trainers, and helping professionals, is to dismantle these systems as best […]

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Jun
01

Beyond translation: A deeper dive into the cultural considerations of risk-assessment in Latin America

Conducting culturally competent violence risk assessment is a multi-faceted and complex process. Key differences exist not only in the risk profiles of Latin-American offenders but also in the process and ethos around risk assessment by Latin-American professionals. More work is needed to make violence risk assessment measures culturally and geographically appropriate. This is the bottom […]

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May
31

Mindfulness Activity #74

Mindfulness to Atrocity Sometimes mindfulness involves remaining present to emotions even when they are unpleasant. A great deal of injustice is possible because people turn away from feeling the suffering of others. It can either be too distant for us to connect to, or it can be so overwhelming that those who can, avoid. Today’s […]

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May
30

Mindfulness Activity #73

Mindfulness with Art Continued Good Morning. For the last two days, if you have been following along, we have been practicing mindfulness by observing a piece of art. Today, we will continue this practice, adding in switching from piece to piece. It does not matter if you enjoy weekends in museums looking at art or […]

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