Clients' and patients' personal stories are road maps that help psychotherapists and clients navigate unexplored areas in the clients' lives. But what isn't said can be just as important as what's spoken. There is a long tradition in treatment modalities such as play therapy, art therapy and dance therapy of interpreting non-verbal cues. Though I was never a student of those schools, session after session, I started to see that behavior in treatment spoke volumes. I noticed that clients' actions could reveal unconscious beliefs about themselves and others. This essay explores how clients use tissues and what that might tell us that words alone cannot.
submitted by: Janet Zinn, LCSW
"A clinical psychologist reflects on the Komen foundation's decision to cut, and then refund, breast screening for poor women at Planned Parenthood. Women all over the U.S. have made clear that our voices and our efforts to fight breast cancer should not, and cannot, be co-opted for political gains, especially not at the cost of women's health."
submitted by: Lisa R. Rubin, Ph.D.
Statistics on the prevalence of perinatal mood disorders suggest that up to 20% of women experience diagnosable pregnancy related mood disorders. This increasing awareness has also resulted in legislative and healthcare initiatives to screen, assess, and treat such disorders. But a major barrier to successful implementation of such programs is the lack of available resources to train healthcare professionals in this specialty.
This book offers a major resource for healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, and medical, nursing, psychology, and social work students who will be confronting this problem in their practices. The contributions, by renowned experts, fill a glaring gap in the knowledge professionals need in order to successfully manage maternal mental health.
Submitted by: Alexis Menken, Ph.D.
NEW YORK ABLE NEWSPAPER-FEBRUARY 2012: FOCUS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH
Coordinated by the Initiative with Women with Disabilities
Over the past three decades, yoga has swept the nation with a health care reform of its own.
Yoga has become a multibillion dollar industry, encompassing the weight loss industry, clothing industry,
mats and accessories and complete yoga retreats at international luxury destinations.
So how does a fitness trend so ingrained in popular culture and commerce have anything to do with Social Work?
Organizations like the Yoga Research and Education Center and the International Association of Yoga Therapists have contributed considerable evidence showing benefits to people with physical disabilities, mood disorders and severe mental illness. Unfortunately these groups often have limited or no access to the mainstream practice of yoga.
submitted by: Alena Gerst, LMSW, RYT
Location-Upper East Side.
Time- The group meets from 6-7:30 on the first Thursday of every month.
Description-This group has a few different components and serves as a supplement to individual treatment for OCD.
The first component is that of a support group.
-Support: Many times the symptoms of OCD, the specific obsessive thoughts and/or the compulsive behaviors, bring about feelings of shame and isolation. This group addresses these feelings by providing members with a safe accepting environment in which to meet with others who have similar experiences. There will be an emphasis on those common experiences and the challenges of treatment.
The second component is education.
-Education- Participants will learn more about OCD and will learn strategies that may be helpful to cope with symptoms. Guidance will be given around creating personalized goals that can be integrated into their current treatment regimens.
Participants-All individuals with a diagnosis of OCD are welcome. Participants include those experiencing an episode triggered by pregnancy, postpartum, or other life events and those with long standing OCD.
Fee-The initial phone consultation is free and group sessions are $75.
Contact Information-Please contact Dr. Marika Kyrimis at (646) 684-2170 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about the group.
We are delighted to announce that the newly published book Loneliness and Longing: Conscious and Unconscious Aspects [Paperback] contains a paper written by Joan Lavender, Psy.D. on The Relational Void: Gains and Losses.
This is a solid collection of contemporary psychoanalysts writing both theoretically and personally about the topic. Routledge is the publisher.
Brent Willock (Editor), Lori C. Bohm (Editor), Rebecca Coleman Curtis (Editor)
submitted by: Joan Lavender, Psy.D
Sumati Gupta and George A. Bonanno
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
2011, Vol. 120, No. 3, 635–643
There is growing evidence that deficits in emotion regulation may be at the heart of maladaptive reactions after bereavement. Expressive flexibility, or the ability to flexibly enhance or suppress emotional expression, appears to be especially important for adjustment in the aftermath of highly aversive events (Bonanno, Papa, Lalande, Westphal, & Coifman, 2004). In this study, we compared expressive flexibility in a sample of bereaved adults who lost their spouse 1.5–3 years earlier and a comparable sample of married adults. Approximately half of the bereaved adults had Complicated Grief (CG) and half were asymptomatic. Using a within-subjects design, we asked all participants to either enhance or suppress their expressions of emotion or to behave normally while viewing evocative pictures at a computer screen. Observer ratings of expressiveness made blind to condition showed no group differences in overall emotion. However, bereaved adults suffering from CG exhibited deficits in expressive flexibility. Specifically, the CG group was less able to enhance and less able to suppress emotional expression relative to asymptomatic bereaved and married adults.
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submitted by: Sumati Gupta, PhD
Joshua D. Lipsitza,T, Carrie Masiab, Howard Apfela, Zvi Maransa, Merav Gura,
Heather Denta, Abby J. Fyer
Objective: We sought to examine the prevalence of DSM-IV psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents with complaints of noncardiac chest pain (NCCP). Method: We assessed 27 youngsters (ages 8–17 years) referred to a pediatric cardiology practice with complaints of NCCP. Each child and a parent were interviewed using the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children.
submitted by: Merav Gur, PhD
Joshua D. Lipsitz, PhD,*† Merav Gur, PhD,† Anne Marie Albano, PhD,† Brian Sherman, MA†
ABSTRACT: Objective: Noncardiac chest pain (NCCP) is a common and persistent problem for children and adolescents; typically there is no clear medical cause. To date, no psychological intervention has been studied for chest pain in a pediatric sample.
submitted by: Merav Gur, PhD