Thursday, June 24, 2010

So, What is Teletherapy? Is it for Me?

Borrowing from my friend Marina's Blogsite, is an overview of teletherapy. So what is it?

According to Marina, "Quite simply the delivery of mental health services through secure video, phone, and web." She goes on to say that teletherapy is convenient, affordable, accessible, confidential, legal and effective.

In a Time article from October 2008, Alice Park reports as follows:

"The convenience and comfort of Web-based counseling are indispensable. The Internet allows her to reach otherwise unreachable people: Many women whose marriages end unexpectedly are so devastated and ashamed of what they view as their own failure that they may never be able to face a therapist in person. Further, an interactive online setting lets therapists disseminate counseling to many people at once. "The Web offers tremendous potential," says David Mohr, a psychologist at Northwestern University. "We know from research that certain procedures in psychotherapy are likely to be effective for most people. The Web allows that type of standardized material to be presented in a way where it is available 24/7, and patients can access them whenever they want, and from anywhere they want." The principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, which relies on step-wise learning to change behavior (think of habituation exercises routinely used to cure people of phobias of, say, heights or spiders), are particularly suited for such online distribution.

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We can provide this service for you by request. We have high speed internet, cameras and experienced in the use of these media. Please call for questions or more information.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

disAbility 101 Upcoming Talk

Please feel free to attend this upcoming talk on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 at 11:00 am.The topic:

Can your attitude really influence your physical health? Research in the new specialty of Health Psychology shows that it can. But how? Studies show that how we think has a strong effect on our immune system and other physioligcal processes that affect overall health and well-being, our recovery from surgery, as well as how long we live. Dr. Klaybor will discuss the influence of optimism and positive thinking on brain development, happiness and physical health, then show attendees how to harness this knowledge and use it in their every day lives. We may not yet be able to eliminate medical conditions using Mind Medicine, but improving the quality and length of life is possible right now.

This lecture is interactive, fun, and experiential. Professionals can receive CEUs or friends and family can attend. Please pass the word. The talk is at the United Way at 50 Waugh Drive, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. A box lunch is provided for $5.00. For professionals, the cost is $18.00 for the CEUs.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bullying in the Workplace

How can Workplace Bullying Affect an Individual?
People who are victims of workplace abuse may experience a range of effects. These reactions include:
• anger
• total frustration
• anxiety
• increased sense of vulnerability
• inability to sleep
• loss of appetite
• panic attacks about going to work
• headaches, pains
• inability to concentrate
• low morale and productivity

If you feel you have been bullied, you need to take action both personally and professionally. If you have a Dispute Resolution Program, Ombudsman, or Human Resource professional, you need to take care of yourself. The consequences can be devastating. Contact your Employee Assistance Program as a first step for emotional support.

What to Do
Always keep a daily journal to log what happened, the time it occurred and if there were any witnesses. Include as many details as possible about each incident. This information will be highly beneficial if the situation warrants outside intervention. Be sure to keep the journal private from other employees and place it in a safe location. Keep hardcopies (at your home) of any letters, memos, emails or faxes received by the employer or manager.

It is very important to never retaliate to a given situation as you may end up looking like the perpetrator. Remaining calm and appearing as though everything is fine is a very difficult yet necessary task and will take its toll. Be sure to have a support system of family and friends. Talking will release some of the stress. Finding safe methods of stress reduction is crucial to maintain good physical and mental health.

If you feel you are being abused, you need to protect yourself. Supervisors, managers or bosses are not mandated to be "nice" to their employees, but this does not mean they can abuse you. Call for help today.

Emotional Abuse Hurts Credit: Photo Courtesy of © Kenn W. Kiser article: Emotional Abuse in the Workplace

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Coaching for Excellence

Have you ever considered getting some coaching to help with your work, career or job situation? If not, there are a few things you should know. Coaches have varying credentials and expertise. Some are "life coaches" who help support and direct goal setting and achieving life dreams. There are also executive or career coaches who specialize in assessment of leadership skills, communication techniques, and talent management. The career coaches tend to have experience or certification in coaching with specific training. Be wary, anyone can say they are a coach.

Here are some things you could learn in a coaching experience.

• Fine tune your interpersonal, confidence and advanced communication skills
• Understand how to be an inspirational leader
• Be able to motivate and build productive teams
• Discuss your questions & concerns about how to handle situations that you can’t discuss with others your organization
• Understand more about your personality style and how it affects your management of tasks and people
• Improve your development as a person, as a leader and take your company or department to the next level
• Find better life/work balance

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