Tag: mental illness

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



“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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Teaching Mental Health in Junior High

View this article where it was originally published on PsychCentral


“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.


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



Psych Central



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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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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