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Feb
14

Violence in Civil Psychiatric Patients: Mad, Bad, or Both?

This study examined the relationship between thinking styles and violence/aggression among civil psychiatric patients. The results reflect that a higher rate of aggressive incidents was predicted by a higher Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS) score Denial of Harm, higher Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) Hostile Suspiciousness cores, and lower educational attainment. In addition, […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Feb
12

The Quest for Wellness – A Conversation with Dr. Gerard Lawson

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Self-care is a journey. Dr. Gerard Lawson shares personal wisdom, guidance, and self-care strategies from his 30-year professional journey that counselors can call upon throughout their careers to move from merely surviving to truly thriving in their work. PresenterAbout Gerard: Dr. Gerard Lawson is a professor in the Counselor [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Feb
07

Risk assessment tools: Harmful or Helpful?

Use of a risk assessment tool for pre or post-trial decisions may help reduce rates of incarceration while still protecting public safety. However, there is a strong need for more rigorous research before clear conclusions can be drawn. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is […]

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Feb
05

Treating Individuals with Autism – Carlos Castañeda and Amanda Pena on Psychoeducating the Mental Health Community

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Carlos Castañeda and Amanda Pena share insight on Autism and guidance on how current and future mental health practitioners can feel confident, competent, and empathic to their clients who are on the spectrum. They also discuss comorbid symptoms people may experience such as anxiety, depression and trauma along with [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Jan
31

Predicting the risk of being placed in solitary confinement

A robust, easy-to-use, simple scale can be developed to assess the risk for being placed in administrative segregation among inmates. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Jan
29

Contemporary Thoughts on Addiction and Recovery – A Conversation with Dr. Oliver Morgan on How Learning Neuroscience has Influenced his Teaching and Practice

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Dr. Oliver Morgan shares insights into the ways neuroscience has shaped his view of addiction and recovery.  He offers practical applications of this learning, including trauma and attachment sensitive approaches and various evidence-based interventions that address family and community involvement in the treatment and recovery process. PresenterAbout Oliver: Oliver Morgan, Ph.D. [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Jan
24

Are Brain Abnormalities Implicated in Interpersonal Violence? Results of an Imaging Study

The present study investigated the prevalence and nature of structural brain abnormalities (SBAs) in batterers using neuroimaging methods. The results reflect that SBAs are not strongly or specifically associated with interpersonal violence, and it is unlikely responsible for the differences in brain functioning between batterers and other offenders observed in past research. This is the […]

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Jan
22

The Three-Word Narrative – How “Subject, Action Verb, and Object” Facilitate Change with Les Gura

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Les Gura on applying ideas from his career in journalism and practice of narrative writing to the counseling process. PresenterAbout Les: Les Gura has been interested in narratives his entire life. After 35-plus years as an award-winning journalist, writer and editor, his own narrative took a [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Jan
17

One size cannot fit all: Investigative interview techniques with minimally verbal adults

Minimally verbal adults can provide useful event-related information when interviewed using appropriate techniques. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Psychology, Public Policy, and […]

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Jan
15

Counseling as Hospitality – Trinitarian Reflections for Practice and Education with Watiri Maina

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Watiri Maina about the practice of hospitality in the counseling process, counselor education, and professional ethics. PresenterAbout Watiri: Watiri is a counsellor and spiritual director, originally from Kenya. She is married to Steve Maina and they have two daughters. She is interested in people and connecting [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Jan
14

Online Courses: Four Ways to Stay Focused

One of the advantages that professionals appreciate most about the way technology is changing the educational landscape is the wide availability of online courses. Online courses work with your schedule, and you don’t even have to leave your house to attend classes. However, it can be easy to get distracted and lose focus in a […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Professional Training
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Jan
10

The Neuropsychology of Anger: Looking Through the Lens of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The present study examined the relationship between anger and neuropsychological functioning in adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Trait anger and anger out were both found to have a significant relationship to shifting attention and anxiety. In addition, anger control was found to have a significant relationship to response inhibition. These findings have the […]

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