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Jul
20

How may colonialism factor into Indigenous youth risk for violence? Validation with the SAVRY in an Indigenous youth sample

The SAVRY provides an adequate assessment of violence in Indigenous male and female youth; however, more Indigenous culturally sensitive protocols, tools, and an awareness of the longstanding effects of colonialism are needed when working with Indigenous populations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of […]

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Jul
19

Mindfulness Activity #123

More on Equanimity Good Morning. We have been spending a few days on the concept of equanimity. Equanimity, as we have discussed, is being connected-without being disrupted or derailed by things that happen outside you. It is responding, instead of reacting. It is undoubtedly easier to be unmoved by circumstances around you if you shut […]

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Jul
18

Mindfulness Activity #122

Living Care-Free Good Morning. We have discussed the idea of having an easy manner and letting go of stressors. You may have observed that many of the great mindfulness teachers appear to have a playful sense of humor; they have an easy manner. For today’s practice, please use this guided mindfulness practice by Deepak Chopra […]

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Jul
17

Mindfulness Activity #121

Count Your Blessings Good Morning. Today’s practice is about gratitude. Research has shown that intentionally practicing gratitude makes us happier. It changes our brain and gets rid of a negative cognitive set…in other words, it frees us from scanning the world for bad things. Yesterday, one of my close friends had an eight hour surgery. […]

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Jul
17

Evaluating competency for execution in older offenders in context of dementia

In Madison v. Alabama, SCOTUS decided that offender’s amnesia of the offense does not preclude them from the execution and that the functional abilities, not the mental health diagnosis, should be the court’s focus when deciding on one’s competency for execution. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, […]

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Jul
16

Mindfulness Activity #120

On Conflict with Others Mingyur Rinpoche Tibetan Buddhist teacher has said that in order to deal skillfully with difficult people, we must work on our attention. He says that each of us has innate goodness or wisdom, but we often fail to notice it. He likens the experience to wearing a watch but never looking […]

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Jul
15

Mindfulness Activity #119

Tonglen Good Morning. There is much unrest and suffering in the world. Often we see pain, injustice, suffering in others and it is frankly overwhelming. We want to avoid or to protect ourselves from the pain or we think there is nothing we can do for this person or for a huge or devastating problem. […]

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Jul
14

Mindfulness Activity #118

Using Mindfulness to Upregulate or Downregulate Good Morning. One of the main benefits of mindfulness I sell to people is the fact that when you train your mind with practice, you can control your attention and your mood instead of having your day determined by negative thoughts or unpleasant emotions. When you deepen your mindfulness […]

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Jul
14

Neuroeducation 2.0 – The Creative Process of Exploring Neuroscience Concepts in Counseling

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Raissa Miller and Eric Beeson have a conversation about their upcoming book, The Neuroeducation Toolbox: Practical Translations of Neuroscience in Counseling and Psychotherapy. They discuss the evolution of neuroeducation as a counseling intervention, address key components to ethical and effective implementation of neuroeducation, and highlight neuroeducation uses and specific [...]
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Jul
13

Mindfulness Activity #117

Mindfulness for Pain Good Morning. Yesterday, I injured my shoulder and it was and still is very uncomfortable. One of the benefits of mindfulness that I haven’t discussed very much in our series is its ability to manage pain. Many years ago, when I was an intern, I completed a rotation in a Pain Management […]

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Jul
13

Undiagnosed Symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Underlie More Frequent Engagement in Interpersonal Violence

Compared to their counterparts who were not diagnosed with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), participants diagnosed with ADHD in this Dutch sample demonstrated more frequent psychological, minor physical and clinician rated interpersonal violence (IPV). In addition, the ADHD group had higher rates of various comorbid psychiatric disorders, including a mood disorder, substance use disorder, and personality […]

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Jul
12

Mindfulness Post #116

Savasana This week’s mindfulness practices have provided opportunities to push yourself in your practice. In Zen, the concept of balance is very important. Things exist in apparent opposition to one another: warm and cool, light and dark, etc…Hard work for our minds and for our bodies is good for us. It makes us feel alive […]

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