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Your Whole Relationship:  Sex, Desire, Intimacy, and Connection – July 14-16, 2017
 

Your Whole Relationship: Sex, Desire, Intimacy, and Connection – July 14-16, 2017

Title:   Your Whole Relationship:  Sex, Desire, Intimacy, and Connection Date:  July 14-16, 2017 Presenters: Dr. Lisa Blum and Dr. Silvina Irwin Description: This is a special workshop for couples who have participated in the Hold Me Tight® Workshop or EFT Therapy Location:  Peppertree Retreat Center, Ojai, CA For more information...
Stand Up! Speak Out! Curriculum Training – July 20-21, 2017
 

Stand Up! Speak Out! Curriculum Training – July 20-21, 2017

Train to Use the Essential Curriculum for Educators, Counselors, Program Leaders,  and Others Who Work With Girls  (Ages 8-13).  Curriculum designed for girls ages 8 to 13; can be modified for older and younger girls. Presenters:  Melissa Johnson, PhD and Vicki Chiang, PsyD “When I talk to teachers, school counselors,...
Mindfulness Tools: Help Children and Teens Stress Less and Connect More – July 23, 2017
 

Mindfulness Tools: Help Children and Teens Stress Less and Connect More – July 23, 2017

An informative, practical and fun training for therapists, educators, school counselors and youth program leaders.  Come discover creative, fun and meaningful tools for incorporating mindfulness into everyday activities with children and teens. Presenter:  Dr. Melissa Johnson When:  Saturday, July 22, 2017,  9:30am – 3:30pm  (Sign in and light breakfast 9:00...
Addictive internet games
 

Addictive internet games

The Washington Post online had an interesting piece today about teens addicted to onliine games and the havoc such an addiction or obsession can cause in a person’s life. There is, of course, a lot of research and concern about this issue.  The author, Caitlin Gibson, quotes psychologist Kimberly Young,...
American Horrible Health Care Act – Part 1:  The Mandate
 

American Horrible Health Care Act – Part 1: The Mandate

It seems to me that Donald Trump is giving us a revealing look at what kind of real estate tycoon he really is.  He will sell you a swamp and call it waterfront property.  He will make a deal to make a deal (and a buck) without caring or inquiring...
Cooking Slowly – A Tale of Ever-Changing Times
 

Cooking Slowly – A Tale of Ever-Changing Times

There is an old adage that if you put a live frog in a pot of water and heated it gradually, that frog would just sit in the water and not jump away (even though it could) until the water boils and it is thoroughly cooked.  It may or may...
My Brain Made Me Do It? And Other Questions About Neuroscience
 

My Brain Made Me Do It? And Other Questions About Neuroscience

REVIEW:   Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld,  NY: Basic Books, 2013. This book is short (156 pages of text) and easy to read while being well researched and documented (61 pages of interesting, helpful notes and citations – in a point size...
Giving Guns to People with Mental Health Disabilities
 

Giving Guns to People with Mental Health Disabilities

There is news from Capitol Hill which underscores the notion that there is more to fear in Washington, DC than just the  the White House.  According to an article in the NY Times on Wednesday (February 15th) Congress has acted to reverse and Obama administration rule requiring the Social Security...
Chronic Politics Stress Disorder (CPSD)
 

Chronic Politics Stress Disorder (CPSD)

As I talk to colleagues I hear virtually all of them saying that they themselves have been highly stressed  by recent political events, and that their clients are all talking about the presidential election and politics in an unprecedented way.  People talk about old, terrible feelings being stirred up which...
Darth Bannon Wants a Return to the 1930s
 

Darth Bannon Wants a Return to the 1930s

“Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they (liberals) get it wrong.  When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing,” The ex-Breitbart executive, who serves as Trump’s chief strategist for the new administration, first told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview. Trump’s...
Review: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease
 

Review: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease (2010) by Gary Greenberg. Published by Simon and Schuster. This book presents a combination of research and Dr. Greenberg’s personal experience with depression.  He takes a position critical of today’s prevailing view that depression is a brain disorder caused by a...
Review: The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.
 

Review: The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.

The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.  Shigehisa Kuriyama.  NY: Zone Books, 2002. (Winner of the 2001 Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine) First of all this is a beautiful book.  One does not often say that about academic...
Your New Robotic Doc
 

Your New Robotic Doc

This holiday weekend I took some time to catch up on my reading and ended up in a place I often end up in.  That is the question of how to best configure and offer health care, including care in the area currently termed “mental health.”  I put it that...
On Playing Well with Others
 

On Playing Well with Others

  Ask mathematicians about their experience of the craft, and most will talk about an intense feeling of intellectual camaraderie. “A very central part of any mathematician’s life is this sense of connection to other minds, alive today and going back to Pythagoras,” said Steven Strogatz, a professor of mathematics...
Autism, Vaccines and the Trump Administration
 

Autism, Vaccines and the Trump Administration

“So what’s going on with autism? When you look at the tremendous increase, it’s really – it’s such an incredible – it’s really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase…”  (February 14, 2017, reported in the Washington Post) “When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a...
Review: Dark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
 

Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Dark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Author:  Jane Mayer NY:  Doubleday,  2016   This is a detailed, well-researched look into the monetary forces driving the far right, including movements like the Tea Party (and far, far more). The subjects of the...
Statement of Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright – Jan 30, 2017
 

Statement of Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright – Jan 30, 2017

Statement of Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright – Jan 30, 2017 The following statement from Secretary Albright was emailed to me by the group Organizing for Action.  In addition, Secretary Albright was on the PBS News Hour last Monday night expressing similar thoughts “By now, I’m sure you’ve heard...
Hyperbolic Geometry (or How I Became a Postmodernist)
 

Hyperbolic Geometry (or How I Became a Postmodernist)

This story begins with an almost unbearable 10th grade Geometry class— unbearable because of the attitude of the teacher.  He shall remain nameless, but if he reads this (unlikely to say the least), I’m hoping he will recognize his part.  It was 1963 and I was a good and reasonably...
Our current political climate has been the catalyst for thought
 

Our current political climate has been the catalyst for thought

Our current political climate has been the catalyst for thought – and for clarification of the position I take as the founder of and impetus behind Illuminated Education.  For most of my career as a psychologist I have described my theoretical rooting as eclectic, drawing from numerous theoretical constructs when...
Emotions are Like Dogs
 

Emotions are Like Dogs

Emotions are Like Dogs: On the Difference Between Emotional Regulation and Stuffing It When I think about emotions and emotional regulation, I often think about a dog who was my friend.  Her name was Tasha and she was half Siberian Husky and half German Shepherd.  She and I shared a...
My Thanks to Dobby the House-Elf
 

My Thanks to Dobby the House-Elf

My Thanks to Dobby the House-Elf These days the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy is what’s hot— and with good reason.  Tolkien’s world is richly drawn and philosophically based.  I haven’t heard anyone mention Harry Potter in months.  But, no matter how overshadowed the Harry Potter books are by the...
Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):  An Advanced Intensive Training
 

Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): An Advanced Intensive Training

Dates:  Wednesday March 2, 2016 through Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Pasadena, CA Location:   Neighborhood Church, 301 N Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103 Presenters:  Charlie Swenson, MD and Kelly Koerner, PhD Presented in collaboration with the Institute for Girls’ Development and the DBT Center of San Gabriel Valley....
Hold Me Tight: A Relationship Enhancement Program for Couples – May 19-21, 2017
 

Hold Me Tight: A Relationship Enhancement Program for Couples – May 19-21, 2017

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD Dates: May 19 – 21, 2017 Location: Cambria Pines Lodge, Cambria, CA Drs. Silvina Irwin and Lisa Blum are offering this educational and experiential workshop which teaches you the core concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), heralded as one of the most...

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