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AnOddBox – But There Are… “My Mommy Said There Were No Monsters. No Real Ones. But There Are.” Aliens 1986 I do not recall many memories of when I was a child… There is however, a memory that is vivid and has stayed with me for forty-three year… It was kindergarten… A class play about three goats and a troll… I was the troll… Under the table that staged the bridge, I waited for my turn… But there were eyes everywhere… Giggles and whispers… My face was hot… My heart was beating so hard… My eyes… I was starting to cry… And their eyes… They would see me cry… When my part came, I could not come out… I was too afraid… I heard a growl that came...
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AnOddBox – It just does not matter… When Sapato died the First Sergeant made it abundantly clear…, A Marine only has value when dead… Simper Fi…, Band of Brothers… all that gung ho crap… It just does not matter… In my pursuit of psychology it was made abundantly clear that a student of higher education is just a dollar sign… In the words of one of my professors my (a student’s) value is held in “Professor Subjectivity…” Performance… GPA… all that education and mastery crap… It just does not matter… I have worked for two rather large treatment facilities. It was made abundantly clear by the Chaplin of one, and the Director of the other, that...
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I was so honored to get to present to this Girl Scout troop about the importance of Mental Health Awareness! They are 9 and 10 years old and I was blown away by the depth of their questions and the insight that they displayed. They were REALLY into it and served as such an inspiration to me personally! In this picture we are showing the posters they made to promote Mental Health Awareness. Wow! The leaders of our future are looking great! If any of you are associated with Girl Scouts; the International BiPolar Foundation makes a packet and badges available so that you can present this to other troops and present them with a badge.
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AnOddBox – What is my Color Spectrum…? Like the insanity of a broken record why do we anthropomorphize color...? At what shade of behavior does one acquire supremacy..., ideology…, Character…, and/or Behavior? (Cynically) I do not know how to behave as I do not know what shade I am, on the behavioral color spectrum... I found Barack Obama's Character to be more worthy than Mit Romney's thus I voted for the better Character... I find Michele Obama's Character to be more worthy than Hilary Clinton, thus if I could I would again vote for the better Character. I however, cannot figure out what shade I am, on the Character color spectrum......
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AnOddBox – Is evil winning…? "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good to do nothing ." - Edmund Burke I was required to take a Critical Thinking class for my undergrad… Since I am an odd duck I was giddy with excitement for the prospects of this class… To critically think through concepts to establish the least arguable…, most probable…, solid premise… It is Titus 2:6-8… And yes I am such an odd duck… I was assigned to write a critical assessment on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference campaign in Birmingham, Alabama… I knew the professor absolutely adored Dr. King… I knew all...
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AnOddBox – Reciprocity… Does it belong to Character…? There is a method to my madness… I do not write about proclamations of divinity… I do not write about techniques of how to win friends… I do not write about techniques to make a marriage work… I do not write about test or quizzes that make someone a leader…, a success… These techniques are common… Been written about for generation… These techniques are easy to do… I seek something else… But I do not think I will find it… Personality is how we express ourselves… Personality should be governed by character, but it is obvious that personality is not governed by character… I do not like to generalize,...
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AnOddBox – Generalization is Equal to One… Many years ago when Sapato died I learned that Semper Fi is a bottom up concept. The merit of loyalty though it may shout from the voice of every Marine means nothing if but one can silence it… If one has the power over all then the all… The generalization… Is equal to the one… I received my Bachelor’s degree at Northwest Nazarene University… It was the place that I lost faith in Christians… I lost faith in Christ… I lost faith in God… A man… A professor… An idol of the school who authored Agape Love… I saw his vanity… But his power was held in the words of my advisor, “You can go to the Dean, but if you...
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In the Marines it was made abundantly clear to me on my first day in the fleet that this is no place for friendship… It is just business… Now I (we) want people to praise and honor me as a veteran… Why…? It was just business… I have an Associate’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree, and a Master’s degree… Each school that I had attended the professors made it abundantly clear that teaching is not about learning… It is just business… Now I just received an Alumni invitation to come praise and honor one of the retiring professors… Why…? It was just business… Mr. and Mrs. Smith are praised and honored for their philanthropy… Why…? Philanthropy is just business…...
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AnOddBox – Hmmm… I wonder what that word is…? So it begins... Just the other day I saw a post comparing a presidential candidate to Adolf Hitler… It makes my hands shake like a Nervous Ned to the thought of voting for another Hitler…! But what do I do…? I cannot decide… Am I a person who believes in or supports a form of government in which people choose by voting…? If so, then you will stone me with words such as “LibTurb”… So am I a person who believes in or supports a country that is governed by elected representatives and by an elected leader (such as a president) rather than by a king or queen…? If so you will pelt me with garbage and call me words...
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AnOddBox – The Path through Anhedonia… A flash of a day a long time ago… Here I stand… Six feet tall; weighing a buck thirty-five: Who am I to face you…? I have faced each part of you and each part of you has left a mark on me… You have bruised every part of me from my head to my toes… You burned my hands… You stuck spikes under the nails of my fingers… You took a tooth… You broke my leg… You beat me until I hated you… You beat me until I felt no more care… But today I know you… I know what to do when I face each part of you… There you are, an immovable object… Here I come, an unstoppable force… When we are done you will stay as you are and give me...
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AnOddBox – The Great Debate… Many years ago I read a book called Star Song. I will not go in to details about the book, but there was a part in the book that told how the elves (LOR kind of elves) traveled through space by means of harmonics. The center elf.., I could not pronounce the name very well so I called her Feyh…, was the center cord which held the integrity of the other notes (other elves)… Many years ago I had a dream… A very vivid dream, in which I was a voice talking with the voice of God on top of a mound overlooking a green meadow with a small pond and hundreds of leaves dancing in the wind… Walking along the edge of the pond was...
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When the BCBS of Montana sent letters out to just about every therapist in Montana asking them to pay back a large portion of the reimbursements they’d sent between July 2013 and July 2014, it wasn’t a joke. Yes this is 2015, and yes, they were talking about 2013. (Apparently they can go back that far.) They even said that they took “full responsibility” for their mistake, without intending any irony. Man, it is something to see a room full of 50-therapists get their hackles up – and justifiably so. These are people who spend their life focusing on relationships that cultivate trust and healing. And the insurance company had reimbursed them for...
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AnOddBox – A Dyslexic Vision… When I was young, in my small potato town, the word Dyslexia was virtually an unknown word… When I was asked to read something out loud in class I would often get reprimanded because nobody could follow what I was saying… Hell, I could not follow what I was saying… Thus, I was essentially labeled as retarded and placed into special classes… Let me give you an idea of what it looked like when I read. Try to follow this sentence: hen I Wread something I ouldn’t cwhat understand I asw eadingr… The translation: When I read something I couldn’t understand what I was reading… Provisionally, my angular gyrus...
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As a child my two most favorite heroes where Conan the Barbarian and Jesus… As a child my father figure was Charles Ingalls and my home was a little house on a prairie… As a child the figures I sought after were of a Master, a Student, and two funny Droids that fought against the dark side… As a child I loved the magic of a story… The magic of adventure… The magic of fright… The magic of courage… The magic of friendship… The magic of love… The magic of hope… The magic…, of the air… Since stepping out of the dreams of a child there has been a recurrence of a thought… Throughout the years as I lay my head on this pillow of sleep; oh, how it would be if...
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If you’re not going to be in-network with insurance companies, you are actually going to have to do things differently than the hundreds of other in-network therapists in your area. I know from my own experience that this extra thought and effort is well worth the pay off, but it does take some intention and strategy. For me, here’s what the payoff has been: I see only clients with whom I love working. I get to do the quality of clinical work I believe in, and offer extra services that I know help the process. I limit my caseload to something that is manageable enough for me to also run a second business (Center Institute) and...
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It is evening… There is a knock at the door… I answer to find two travelers seeking to speak the word of God… I invite them in and we talk… There was a time when this was common of me to do. Christian, Mormon, Jehovah, Buddhist, etc…; it did not matter their label: I welcomed the talk… I woke up this morning thinking how I do not do this anymore… They all say the same anecdotal semantics that obviously holds no applicability, as I can see the stones in their pockets. I do not talk to the travelers anymore… I am just tired… I am 48 years of age… I still like to watch movies and play video games, as I have since I was young… It is not unusual for me...
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No one told me how stressful the search for a Practicum/Internship site was going to be! Graduate school has been such a positive and rewarding experience...until now...!! I have made at least 30 contacts (either by telephone or email) and have gotten from that only 5 interviews (either via Skype or telephone) and from those have gotten: - "We're sorry, we cannot abide by the recording requirements of you Internship program..." - "We're sorry, your school did not get the required documentation in by the required deadline, therefore we cannot consider you for internship..." - "We're sorry, at this time we do not have...
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I am in the middle of a saga with Blue Cross Blue Shield right now (more about that in a later blog) ) and it made me think about how grateful I am to be in the position I am right now AND about the biggest mistake I ever made in private practice. And because I eventually figured out how to run a rock-solid private practice through making mistakes and having to self-correct, I now teach therapists how to skip the mistakes and cut directly to doing what works. Part of how I teach this is through sharing my own experiences. So, today, I thought I’d share with you this huge mistake I made. Back when I started my private practice, I signed up for...
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AnOddBox – What does it say…? So yes, I sometimes watch the television series the Walking Dead. I have my reasons for watching, but I am not exactly a fan. I can almost read the script that if a character exhibits as progressive good, that character may as well be wearing a Star Trek red shirt. My understanding is that the Walk Dead does not refer to the zombies, but rather the Walking Dead is the party of survivors. As an odd duck I am intrigued by the paradigm. Is this an admirable script of the human spirit…? Or is it a sublimation script of using an admirable script to seek a self-destructive end…? Curious… Is it the writers writing their story...
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M ulticulturalism and Diversity as well as social justice have long since been important tenant of the counseling field. The former is an imperative to be sensitive to the various client behavior based on ethnicity and socioeconomic influences and adjust therapeutic practices accordingly. It also means that as counselors should be aware of their own values regarding people from different sociocultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as to pay attention to one's personal heritage and economic status to be cognizant of how such factors affect clients. Social justice takes these issues one step further. It has been defined as “….how advantages and disadvantages...
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