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  • 05 Dec 2015 8:30 AM | Gail Nagel

    A meta-analysis of research of near death visions and communications in a hospice setting looks at various phenomena and their meaning for the client.  This interesting article discusses a cross cultural experience that may well serve in resolving some sense of loss.

  • 05 Dec 2015 8:30 AM | Gail Nagel

    It may not qualify as porn but the increasing addiction to emails, texts, instagram and face time has all the elements of addiction.  Dopamine is triggered when we read our friend's latest post or maybe its a flood of adrenalin when it's bad news.  Or what about the client who can't bear to shut off the phone during a session......or is that you, too?  Read on with ways to develop more mindfulness regarding this electronic age.

  • 05 Dec 2015 8:30 AM | Gail Nagel

    This opinion by the Zur Institute questions the demonization of dual relationships.  When working in a rural area, does a therapist maintaining separateness from the community represent the only ethical position?  Is it possible to be 'in community' and be someone's therapist?  Do your children attend the same kindergarten?  Are you at church or temple together?  Do you both participate in local volunteer events?  Is he your child's orthodontist?  Read on for some provoking thoughts.

  • 02 Nov 2015 4:10 PM | Gail Nagel

    Doesn’t that sound paradoxical but reading this article reveals how to access the brain’s default mode.  Productive states of daydreaming and visualizing may well get the ‘to do’ list done.  Read on for ideas on  utilizing this concept.

  • 02 Nov 2015 4:09 PM | Gail Nagel

    A traumatic attachment to suffering might well underlie disordered eating, substance abuse and impulse disorders. Recognizing the elements that can create a form of addiction to pain can be useful in formulating a treatment plan.  An understanding that these behaviors, left unchecked can result in active suicidal ideation indicates the seriousness of this disorder.

  • 02 Nov 2015 4:07 PM | Gail Nagel

    Exciting information regarding the treatment of first episode psychosis is shared in this report on studies modeled on holistic programs in Australia, Finland and Scandinavia.  Read on for some welcomed news.

  • 02 Oct 2015 3:07 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Helping our clients with tough decisions is a big part of the work we do daily.  In today's competitive environment dilemmas arise with frequency.  Do we concern ourselves only with our child's advantage or should we consider the commuities needs.  Read on for some interesting case examples.

  • 02 Oct 2015 3:06 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    With a growing aging population new concerns may be brought by clients regarding how to assess and handle elder abuse.  The following article is direct and clear in terms of what to look for and what can and what cannot be done.  Looking at both abuse and neglect can help us to honor our mandate and to help those clients for whom this is more and more relevant.

  • 02 Oct 2015 3:06 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    This provocative article left me wondering about the ramifications of online therapy?  Entering the client's environment is certainly intimate but does it present challenges as well as opportunities.  Take a look.

  • 30 Aug 2015 5:03 PM | CSWA Administrator (Administrator)

    Very interesting video and multiple page handout on 7 typologies.  Reflecting on temperament and locus of control, this researcher offers extensive descriptions of each type and an intervention process to use, moving forward.

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