Tag: mental illness

“Concussion” w/ Will Smith

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NAMI-PA Conference Presentation in Oct

Family Members as Treatment Team Coordinators” 

This presentation, at the Oct. 25-26th state conference in Harrisburg, is Lisa’s 3rd presentation in 9 years at for NAMI-PA.

 

Caring, involved and informed family members can be the the best Treatment Team  Coordinators for loved ones with mental illness and substance abuse.

This workshop will engage family to understand and embrace the unique strength of their position, living with the symptoms of an ill loved one.  They will be guided to learn new ways of effective communication with doctors and therapists and be able to put in practice at home interpersonal tactics from DBT, MET and Mindfulness strategies.  As caregivers in a troubled family dynamic, they will learn to newly attend to their own needs, with sharing of excellent coping skills and resources for strength and resiliency, as well.

More details TBA.

 

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For Your Pain & Suffering

Lisa A. Miles  c 2013   www.lisamilesviolin.com
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Marsha Linehan, founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, has pointed out a belief that has resounded with many, judging by support groups for families of the mentally ill and subsequent literature.  Essentially– Pain, with acceptance, is just pain.  But pain without acceptance is suffering.

Its useful, inspirational application spans everything from natural disaster trauma to tremendous burdens at work.  

Note the word “just.”  Loaded, you say?  Sure.  But nothing like what comes with the alternative.  Pain still, but not that which will drive one to misery.  Pain still present and identifiable, but not allowed to overwhelm, which is a far deeper level.

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Two pieces on Dysfunctional Families and the work of Dr. Charles Whitfield

“Helpful, good books have been written over the last few decades about dysfunctional families and the wounding that is often carried from childhood into adulthood. Many have incorporated the belief that children in such families adopt particular roles which help them to manage and ease the pain.

Dysfunctional families are affected by mental illness, trauma from tragedy, or simply by being headed by individuals with very poor parenting skills. There is no pretty way around that statement and plenty of authors have courageously and professionally touched the subject, as a simple Internet or library search will show….”

 

View this article where it was originally published on PsychCentral

Lisa A. Miles c 2013

 

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“Charles L. Whitfield’s 1987 book Healing the Child Within is aimed at adult children of dysfunctional families. The ideas he presented synced up with the 12-step recovery movements for families afflicted by alcohol and addiction (Al-Anon, Nar-Anon). It made perfect sense that the pain of those with alcoholic parents was similar to that of individuals in families whose parents were dysfunctional even if not abusing substances….”

 

View this article where it was originally published on PsychCentral

 

Lisa A. Miles c 2013

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Mental Health: U.S vs. U.K.

View this article where it was originally published on PsychCentral

 

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin this fall in the United States, with the health care exchange signups at the state level. So it’s a good time to pause and reflect. What would an ideal American mental health system eventually look like, and could we get an idea or two from our friends?”

 

Lisa A. Miles c 2013

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Teaching Mental Health in Junior High

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“Some children might start identifying what they are going through at home with an ill parent; others could begin to formulate an entirely new way of being when it comes to the stress and tension they’ll meet with throughout life. Many lives could be potentially changed if young people from junior high on began to learn signs and symptoms….”

 

Lisa A. Miles c 2013

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Two Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I’m presenting for the 3rd time in 9 years at NAMI-PA’s statewide conference, Harrisburg, October 25-26.  

Title of presentation:  “Family Members as Treatment Team Coordinators.”  

Why is it that families are so kept out of the loop when it comes to the health of a loved one?  Caring, informed and involved family members must be the Treatment Team Coordinators for loved ones with mental illness and substance abuse!  More details TBA.

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I’m honored to have been invited by Ann Dugan (Founder & Asst. Dean, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Katz Graduate School of Business, Univ. of PGH) to be a featured Speaker/Program Leader in their prestigious 2014 Member Educational Series.

August 19, 2014, 8 – 10:30 a.m.  

My presentation will center around Emotional Intelligence & Cross-Disciplinary, Creative Applications in Business Coaching.

More details TBA

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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…

See this article where it was originally published on PsychCentral

 

Lisa A. Miles c 2013

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

Psych Central

 

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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Topped reader charts this weekend!

Next week, I’ll post in my Self/ Professional Development Blog my article for PsychCentral that broke some records in the last few days:  Brain Chemistry Altered by Early Life Experience.  It is part 1 of a 2-part series.  Take a peek now on PsychCentral’s site at the link provided in first line above.  Reader Stats are at bottom of site page; Thanks to all who read and shared and kept me in Number 1 position of “What’s Hot” on the site all weekend!

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