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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 […]

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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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Jan
08

The Nature of Evidence (Part 2) – A Brief History of Research in the Social Sciences with Thom Field

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike continues his conversation with Thom Field about the history of research in the social sciences, the upsides and pitfalls of post-positivism, and the origin of “evidence-based practice”. PresenterAbout Thom: Thom Field, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, he worked [...]
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Jan
03

Integration of the Risk-Need-Responsivity Principles Into Juvenile Probation Case Planning

Researchers should use implementation science methods to create and test decision-making supports that could improve fidelity to risk reduction practices. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured […]

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Jan
01

The Nature of Evidence (Part 1) – A Brief History of Research in the Social Sciences with Thom Field

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Thom Field about the history of research in the social sciences, the upsides and pitfalls of post-positivism, and the origin of “evidence-based practice.” PresenterAbout Thom: Thom Field, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, he worked as an [...]
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Dec
27

A route to police abuse? The relation between police officers’ concern appearing racist and their attitude about use of force

Negative stereotypes of police officers can potentially undermine officer morale and public safety. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior | […]

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Dec
25

Moving Through Trauma with Jess Smith

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: A conversation with Jess Smith, LPC, LAC on the impact of complementary therapies such as yoga, walking meditation, and Rolfing in treating trauma and counselor self-care. PresenterAbout Jess: Jessica Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in private practice in Denver. She is a trauma-informed therapist [...]
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Dec
20

Facilitating disclosure among adolescent victims of sex trafficking

Novel interviewing approaches for youth who have been victims of sex trafficking, as well as better communication between researchers and practitioners, are needed to improve identification of the youth victims, increase their willingness to disclose, and provide necessary interventions. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. […]

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Dec
18

Otherness in Relation – Mikhail Bakhtin, Hospitality, and Love with David Crawley

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: A conversation with David Crawley on the intersection of counseling and spiritual direction through the lens of narrative therapy and Mikhail Bakhtin’s work and dialogic interaction. PresenterAbout Dave: Dr.David Crawley is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology at Laidlaw College. He specialises in the areas of Christian Spirituality and Pastoral [...]
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