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Motivational Enhancement Therapy: For Substance Abuse & More

 

 

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Motivational Enhancement Therapy could go a long way toward offering new insights to those affected by the varied symptomatology of many mental illnesses, as well as interpersonal and professional human relations…

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Lisa A. Miles c 2013

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MH in school curriculum

Re-reading a reply of mine to a comment posted on one of my articles made me desire to post it alone.  Like money skills, which are not taught as part of most junior high and high school curriculums (and I mean dealing with ill-minded banks, not just balancing your checkbook)–  mental health awareness is also given the shaft.  

Dealing with our emotions and stressors is something that should be a part of the curriculum in schools. If only mental health were considered as important as gym class…. (and we know it is even more important, as the foundation for somatic health)!

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Presence: Authentic Sense of Self

 

Psych Central

 

Artists being able to collaborate with psychologists makes for a unique experience.

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Lisa A. Miles c 2013

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Japanese Self-Reflection: Naikan

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Naikan parses life purely to its simple truth, universal and timeless.

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Lisa A. Miles c 2013

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Good Talk: How to be Empathetic & Effective

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You  don’t have to forgo integrity to have empathy, and you don’t a have to be aggressive to get your words heard and respected.

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Lisa A. Miles c 2013

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Brain Chemistry Altered by Early & Later Life Experiences– Parts 1 & 2

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See both these articles where they were originally published by PsychCentral last weekend.  Part 1 was on the WHAT’S HOT List all weekend, breaking some records for me in the huge number of readers:

Part 1  Early Life Experience

Part 2  Later Life Experience

 

c 2013 Lisa A. Miles

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ADHD Coaching: Look to the Willow Tree

Lisa A. Miles   c 2013   www.lisamilesviolin.com
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Partnering with a Coach of any kind can lead to rewarding self-discovery.  Whether specified as Executive, Life or Career Couch, these folks are essentially teachers at their core.  And as progressive educator/ liberal philosopher John Dewey (American, d. 1952) remarked throughout the context of his life’s work in educational reform, you can not so much teach individuals, or impart knowledge, as actually only help those who desire to learn. (With the key being making it desirable.) (more…)

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Self-Development Workshop at BYS Yoga this summer

Sunday July 21, 2013  11 a.m.- 1p.m.

Personal Power:  The Self-Designed Life

A colorful and motivational look at the keys we each hold to pursue a life that most speaks to us in this world.

This hands-on, highly engaging workshop will give participants a chance to reflect on their individual “sense of self.” It will be creative process-driven and utilize stimulating discussion, reflection, tactile and sensory facets, and some minor movement. Bring a a yoga mat and journal, and be prepared to leave empowered and inspired to leverage assets within, and to think on transforming personal and professional challenges, with both inspiration but also effective tools.

 
Led by Pittsburgh musician, writer and self-development coach Lisa Miles, who has been uniquely blending her expertise in Personal/ Professional Development and the Creative Arts ever since leaving the traditional world of teaching in the 1980s.
 
See more on Lisa’s advising, and writing for www.psychcentral.com on the BYS Yoga Community Wellness page, as well as her in-depth coaching profile at www.liquic.com.  
 
$20 in advance
$25 at the door

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Families Finally Into the Fold

Lisa A. Miles  c 2013   www.lisamilesviolin.com
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Why is it that families are so kept out of the loop when it comes to the health of a loved one?

The quick, easy answer of course is the nation’s HIPAA law.  It is the gatekeeper to all things substantial being shared between doctor and family, unless sanctioned by the patient (who might cooperate… or be elderly, addicted, mentally ill, or simply stubborn).  Certainly individual civil liberties must be taken into consideration.

This writer, in fact, is more than moderately liberal.  But there is a fine, blurry-but-significant line that makes itself apparent and puts our human reflection and wisdom to the test, requiring us to evaluate when the population groups beyond the ellipsis (…) above need family assistance (or otherwise).

Of course beyond the ramifications of HIPAA, there are doctors who frankly don’t care to communicate with anyone other than the patient, no matter who they are allowed to talk to.  As well, many families could sadly not care less about their own kin.

But for those families of the mentally ill, alcoholic or addicted who want to help their loved one, they need to be able to communicate back and forth with clinicians, doctors, therapists.  Not just forth– that free sharing of information to  the doctor that anyone long enough around the periphery learns he or she can do as a sidestep to HIPAA and the incommunicability of many docs.  Rather than just informing the treatment team of a loved one’s behaviors at home (and it going into an abyss where no relevant response is forthcoming from the professional who received the information), the family must be brought into the fold of treatment teams.

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Mike Webster & the NFL Lawsuit over Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

 

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Any Pittsburgh Steeler fan over the age of 36 could tell you about Mike Webster.  He was our All-Pro Center who, alongside Terry Bradshaw, Jack Lambert, Franco Harris, Mean Joe Greene and so many notorious others, carried the team to four Super Bowl wins in the 70s.  Mike was bigger than Mean Joe but known for a heart of gold….

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Pittsburgh heard the news a little before it hit the national arena in 2002.  Webster would die at the young age of 50 after a few years of suddenly erratic behavior occasionally reported upon in local papers.  His life had unravelled inexplicably, not due to drugs or alcohol but some strange other force.  Mike seemed sidelined by debilitating depression, disjointed thinking in public, and bouts of anger previously foreign to his easy nature off the field.

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