June 2020

“Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes” experiment; Iowa Dept. of Corrections training; if you aren’t black..; being present; James Taylor’s song

Welcome to the June edition of Tips and Topics. This edition is focused on an important, game-changing time in USA history.

In SAVVY, I share an experiment from 1970 that changed the attitudes of 3rd graders. The Iowa Dept. of Corrections had a training that was equally illuminating. It’s worth taking 53 minutes of your time to watch. I also highlight three areas of life that black people experience that I have never thought of; and I bet you haven’t either if you are a white person.

In SKILLS, three of my colleagues and friends share their thoughts on what to do and where to start as we rethink race relations; re-imagine policing practices; and search our own attitudes and actions.

In SOUL, I share where I am beginning to commit to change.  Also listen to a classic song from the 1949 musical, South Pacific, refreshed and re-recorded by James Taylor.

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May 2020

“Quarantine fatigue”; fear and Law of Attraction; use it or lose it.

Welcome to the May edition of Tips and Topics. We’re not ready to move on from COVID-19 yet, as much as it would be wonderful to get back to “business as usual”.

In SAVVY, the focus is on “quarantine fatigue”. The HIV epidemic has lessons that can help shape where we go with COVID-19.

In SKILLS, fear attracts more fear.  Daily stress and worry plagues a majority of Americans (60%). Shifting our focus away from what pulls us down, can help us get through COVID-19.  But don’t forget to wash your hands.

In SOUL, the blinds in my lakeview room reminded me to use it or lose it.

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April 2020

Bill Gates on pandemics; smiles and songs; how I read the news now

In SAVVY, Bill Gates’s 8 minutes TED talk could have saved thousands of lives and trillions of dollars if we had listened to him. As we think of opening the USA up again, will we listen now? 

In SKILLS, SMILES, SONGS I share some of my favorite coronavirus related humor and music. 

In SOUL AND SHARING SOLUTIONS, I pass by news items that leave me angry and less empathetic. Is there anyone out there wanting to come together to find solutions to our shared common challenges?

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March 2020

March Problem Gambling Awareness Month; Language of Recovery; No need to panic

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January 2020

Frustrations, frustrations – what kind are they and what to do; visioning a new year and decade

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December 2019

Thinking beyond medication; “Just give me medication”; consumerism and loving yourself

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November 2019

Lessons learned from my journey to India and Japan; travel tips; Laughter Meditation; Sharing Solutions

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October 2019

Two STUMP THE SHRINK questions on passive compliance and substance use while in treatment; customer-focused and friendly

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September 2019

What are social determinants of health? Aging providers and the next generation

Welcome to the September edition of Tips and Topics (TNT). My heartfelt thanks to the many readers who took the time to write and share their support and feelings about the August all-SOUL edition.
This month in SAVVY, the focus is on social determinants of health.
In SKILLS, it is important to assess and include social determinants in treatment planning, not as an afterthought or “discharge planning” task.
In SOUL, a guest contributor asks “how do we capture our faith, skills and experiences in order to share and pass them along to the next generations of professionals?”

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August 2019

All SOUL – grief, loss, and moving forward. Perspectives from my children and me.

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July 2019

Behavior Contracts – the good, the bad and how to move away from them; Surpises about food and the environment

In SAVVY, we focus on the advantages and disadvantages of Behavior Contracts.
In SKILLS, I invite you to delete Behavior Contracts from your clinical toolkit.
In SOUL, I was shocked to learn that that a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from putting food on the table.

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