Creativity the Antithesis of Death

The great Roman statesmen Marcus Tillius Cicero in his essay Kato the Elder argues that the best antidote for old age is a purposeful life. When people reach retirement age, the question becomes what next? The formula used to be, you work all your life, retire, and...

Difference without Distance

When people can understand each other in spite of differences, then those differences create space for each person to be authentic. Criticizing people for differences can cause them to agree with thoughts that are contrary to their own for the purpose of being...

Cui Bono?

The Latin phrase given to us by the Romans Cui Bono in essence means who benefits from this? As we continue to teach the public ways of sorting out accurate news from opinion, we have to look at why “opinions” seem to get tossed in with facts in the first place. The...

“Ripley’s News”…Believe it or Not

How can you discern fact from fabrication in the news? Most recently actor Jussie Smollett from the popular television show “Empire” made national news when he reported being attacked on the streets of Chicago. Smollett alleged that two masked assailants poured...

The Best Kind of Self-Care

When reading admissions applications for master’s level social work students, a common answer to the question why do you want to be a social worker is, to fix other people’s problems. It only takes a few introductory classes and their first year field practicums for...

The Power of Life Narratives

Everyone’s life has meaning. It’s that thread of meaning that runs throughout their existence which becomes their life narrative. Psychologist Erik Erikson calls this stage of life Generativity vs. Stagnation. He states that when people enter middle adulthood (40s...

Our Adolescent Society

Stages of development are like building blocks. Mastery of one phase is necessary to create the skills and knowledge needed to move successfully to the next. In this entry, we will look at stage of adolescence to shed light on the trends in our current society....

All I Want for Christmas is…

December is here and Tis the Season to be Jolly! Why? Because It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! As kids we are taught to be good all year, so that Santa will bring us our favorite toys. Parents work frantically to earn the money to buy special toys and when...

What’s in A Name?

Two women attending a conference engaged in a thought-provoking conversation during the lunch break about qualifications for mental health jobs. One woman was a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and the other young woman held a credential created by the...

Victimized?

This month we are pleased to host guest blogger Ruby Blow MA, LPC from Atlanta, Georgia. Blow has been in private practice for over 10 years.  In addition to her clinical practice, she conducts numerous training workshops, and provides supervision to psychologists...