Cancel Culture – What Needs to be Cancelled?

Recently, the word cancel is getting new usage. Standing alone, it simply means to get rid of something. In a Words We are Watching article on the Merriam Webster website, in the latest use of the word, you can cancel people—in particular, celebrities, politicians, or...

Take a Deep Breath America

When it’s hard to breathe, it’s hard to be strategic. America is in a state of hyperventilation and is breathing too fast to think! Hyperventilation is a condition in which you start to breathe rapidly. To restore the balance, you must take in a deep breath to counter...

Creating a Happy Place

This year two overlapping events created monumental stress and anxiety throughout the country and across the nation. At the beginning of the year we learned of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which at that time we had no idea how severe its impact would be. By mid-March,...

Is COVID-19 Turning Dogs into Cats?

Metaphorically speaking, the effects of physical distancing have caused humans, whose interpersonal habits resemble those of canines, to adapt to the isolation habits of felines. Until mid-March of this year, people went to work outside of their home; students...

Silver Linings 

In her response to the United Kingdom on the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, Queen Elizabeth recommended that people, “Slow down, pause, and reflect.” This is a powerful message and is exactly what quarantines and shelter-in-place orders are forcing people to do! One...

Anxiety Reducing Tips for National Emergencies

In our last blog entry, The Shrinking World and the Growing Need for Social Workers, we discussed how as the problems of the world increase, people feel less in control, thus experiencing anxiety. Also in that entry, we mentioned the coronavirus as an example of such...

The Shrinking World and the Growing Need for Social Workers

The bigger the world gets, the smaller it seems. This dichotomy of a shrinking world that is actually enlarging sounds odd, but this is what we mean by that phrase. As people’s environment expands, often by no choice of their own, the more anxiety producing it can...

Strategic Leadership in Social Work 

In his book Leadership in War, Andrew Roberts studied the strategies of great leaders including Churchill and Napoleon and shares the qualities and traits that made them great leaders.  Roberts learned that great leaders: have stamina and do hard work have commitment...

Branding in the Pursuit of Power

The concept of “branding” has evolved through the centuries from a tool, a symbol of ownership, a mark of identity to a symbol of influence and power. Brand is derived from the word “Brandr”, a word from Ancient Norse meaning “to burn.” Around 950 A.D. a “brand”...

As We Close This Year…

Let us, Reminisce on those thoughts and behaviors that made us complete. Let us, Celebrate accomplishments, great attempts, and wonderful relationships. Let us, Prepare for the rejuvenation that the New Year brings! All our best, Frances Goddard, LCSW Diane Harvey,...