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|Posted on April 4, 2017 at 4:20 PM||comments (18313)|
Racism comes in all shapes and sizes, and so does wisdom and acceptance. Read about a little girl’s reaction to the subtle racism of a cashier when she and her mother purchased a doll with a different skin color than her own. Her innocent reasoning demonstrates that racism must be taught and that her family has only taught her acceptance and appreciation. Seeing this made my day.
|Posted on March 24, 2017 at 1:35 PM||comments (3916)|
Ever wonder why we get so happy when we see babies - human and animal? In honor of National Puppy Day yesterday, National Geographic explains why. Follow the link to an interesting article and some addorable puppy pictures.
Young children in the Gansu Province of the People's Republic of China pose for the camera with a small dog.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, "National Geographic"
|Posted on March 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM||comments (1892)|
Today is International Women's Day and this year's theme is #BeBoldForChange.
People can effect change in many different ways. Whether big or small, every action counts. So on this International Women’s Day, do something to be bold for change.
- Wear red to show your support.
- Shop in women-owned businesses.
- Hug, phone, write your mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, daughter, friend, neighbor, or other appropriate women in your life.
- Challenge bias and inequity in business, education, government, etc. – you can be direct or subtle, just don’t be silent.
- Don’t tolerate sexism, especially sexist “jokes” – it’s not funny.
- Reject all –isms and forms of hatred. If you’re not comfortable speaking our directly, make note of haters and avoid them – don’t shop in their stores, vote against hateful initiatives, support peace and inclusion.
And most of all, celebrate women and their contributions to your life and our society.
For more information, check out www.internationalwomensday.com
|Posted on February 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM||comments (2175)|
The attached article from The New York Times decribes how early social interaction influences how we behave and develop relationships throughout our lives.
|Posted on February 6, 2017 at 1:00 PM||comments (15556)|
I hear it every day. From colleagues, clients, friends, family, newspapers, TV, internet, people walking down the street... Its on everyone's minds, no matter who you voted for: What's next? For those who did not vote for Mr. Trump, these thoughts often include anger, depression, anxity, even PTSD. Attatched is an artcle about ways in which therapists and their clients are addressing these issues.
Add your comments to let us know what you're doing and if you'd like help.
|Posted on January 23, 2017 at 9:35 AM||comments (6983)|
We all need help from time to time. Participating in therapy is a great way to work on our problems and learn about ourselves. Therapy is just one part of the growth process. It’s where we develop understanding and new skills, and receive feedback about our progress. But this is just the beginning. What should we do outside of our therapy session?
- Between therapy sessions is where the real work takes place, and practicing what we’ve learned between therapy sessions is just as vital as attending therapy.
- We can’t practice social skills in a vacuum. We need to interact with other people, test the waters, and apply the lessons of therapy in the real world.
- Your therapist is not your only resource. Develop supports outside of therapy – friends, family, support groups, church, synagogue, etc. Practice calling your supports when you don’t need them so it will be easier to call them when you do.
- If you find yourself in a crisis situation, call your local crisis center or hotline:
- Montgomery County Adult Mobile Crisis - 1-855-634-HOPE (4673). Provides immediate in-person support for crisis situations as well as assistance with managing recurring or future crises. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Delaware County Crisis Connections Team – 855-889-7827. Mobile teams assess the individual’s needs, provide brief therapeutic interventions to help them regain control of their situation, and offer referral options appropriate to meet their current needs.
- Contact Greater Philadelphia - Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-784-2433
- If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911.
- Be prepared. Create a safety plan with your therapist before a crisis occurs. Safety plans should include brief outlines of your triggers, coping skills, supports, crisis centers and hotlines.