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Dec
04

Relational Engagement with Suicidal Clients – From Checking Boxes to Hearing Stories of Pain with Stacey Freedenthal

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Stacey Freedenthal about how culture informs the way we as professionals approach suicidal risk assessment, how we have been trained to be “suicide police,” and how we might learn to sit with pain before checking boxes on our assessments. PresenterAbout Stacey: Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, writes [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Nov
29

The importance of fostering positive police-youth interventions

Mothers’ attitudes toward police shape their children’s attitudes. This is particularly important because when their sons were rearrested, mothers had more negative attitudes toward the police than when sons were not rearrested. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Nov
27

Beyond ‘Its Good For You’ – How Exercise Impacts the Brain and Body with Julia Basso

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Raissa speaks with Julia Basso on the many ways exercise supports physiological changes underlying well-being.  They also address ways to help support individuals’ motivation to engage in more physical activity. PresenterAbout Julia: Julia is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at the Center [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Nov
25

Reasons to Practice Self-Care as a Mental Health Professional

Helping your patients work through trauma and other issues every day can be emotionally and physically draining. As a mental health professional, taking care of yourself should be a priority. Whether you prefer meditating, going for a run, or participating in a hobby, exercising regular self-care is a practical way to reduce stress. Here are […]

By Katie Whittington (Search Influence) | Translating Research into Practice
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Nov
22

Adapting DBT for Stalking Offenders

This study demonstrated that stalking recidivism and stalking-related violence can be reduced through effective intervention. However, the specific type of intervention used may be less important than the rigor of the intervention. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Nov
20

Exploring Historical Trauma Response – A Conversation with Dr. Chaya Abrams

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Allison speaks with Dr. Chaya Abrams, LPC, LAC, on Historical Trauma—trauma suffered by groups of people, often at the hands of other groups of people—and “companioning” as a counseling intervention for Historical Trauma Response. PresenterAbout Dr. Chaya Abrams: Dr. Chaya Abrams is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in private practice [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Nov
15

Fairness among clinicians: Presence of bias in forensic evaluations

Additional, preferably early training in recognizing and mitigating potential bias is needed for forensic clinicians. 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 [...]
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Nov
13

Working with Clients who Practice Kink & BDSM – An Interview with Margie Nichols

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Dr. Megan Speciale interviews Dr. Margaret Nichols about her clinical experiences working with the kink/BDSM (bondage/discipline, Dominance/submission, and sadomasochism) community. PresenterAbout Dr. Nichols: Dr. Nichols is a psychologist, AASECT certified sex therapy supervisor,  WPATH certified GEI provider,  and founder and first Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth, a psychotherapy organization in [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Nov
08

A fool for a client? Addressing the issue of competency in self-representation in court

Important legal and clinical issues need to be carefully considered when assessing the competency of a client to represent themselves in court. 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 […]

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Nov
06

Combat, Connection, and Counseling with Veterans – A Conversation with Sebastian Junger

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: In this episode, Dr. Aaron J. Smith interviews New York Times Best Selling Author and award winning journalist Sebastian Junger on his time embedded with US troops in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, coping with posttraumatic and transitional stress upon returning home, and how clinicians and researchers can support [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Nov
01

No Evidence of Weaponized Title IX at Institutions of Higher Education

Data from Annual Security Reports and Title IX Coordinators at institutions of higher education in a Mid-Atlantic state showed that sexual misconduct is underreported to the public and rarely results in formal Title IX complaints. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of […]

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Oct
30

Community-Based Participatory Research – Research By the People For the People with Tahani Dari

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Dr. Tahani Dari on what community-based participatory research is, embodying humility in the research process, and how CBPR helps bridge the researcher-to-practicioner gap. PresenterAbout Tahani: Tahani Dari, Ph.D., LPC, LSC, NCC joined the UT faculty in August of 2019. Her first faculty appointment was at John Carroll University from 2017-2019. [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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