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Feb
28

How a Certificate in Forensic Evaluation Can Help Enhance Your Career

As the broader forensic science and criminal law sectors continue to grow, recent graduates and industry veterans alike are looking for new ways to advance their careers. Along with the required college education, many of the nation’s most sought-after careers in forensic science and psychology require additional certification. If you’re looking to enhance your career, […]

By newamandaB | Professional Training
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Feb
26

Getting Involved in Sexual Health Advocacy – A Conversation with Dr. Robert Zeglin

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Dr. Megan Speciale talks to Dr. Robert Zeglin about how students, practitioners, and educators can participate in sexual health advocacy. Dr. Zeglin describes why sexual health and education advocacy is important for mental health professionals and provides practical strategies for getting involved locally and nationally. PresenterAbout Robert: Robert Zeglin, [...]
By newamandaB | Thoughtful Counselor
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Feb
21

The criminalizing effect of contact with the criminal justice system

Exposure to the criminal justice system itself increases some of the risk factors used to predict recidivism. 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 […]

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Feb
19

Theory, Practice, and In-Between – Musings on the Strengths and Shortcomings of Theory with Matthew Lemberger-Truelove

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Dr. Matthew Lemberger-Truelove on the complex interplay between theory and practice, the benefits and downsides of grabbing on to what is new and shiny in mental health culture, and the importance of context when developing and applying theory in practice. PresenterAbout Matthew: Matthew Lemberger-Truelove is a [...]
By newamandaB | Thoughtful Counselor
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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, […]

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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 newamandaB | 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 newamandaB | 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 newamandaB | 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 newamandaB | Thoughtful Counselor
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