Joanna Conti, says "Measurement-based care gives clinicians the ability to be more effective in real-time. It lets them identify groups of patients who are not progressing as well as others - important information that's usually invisible without MBC. This is helping clinicians be more effective and keeping patients in therapy and out of danger." Joanna Conti is CEO of Vista Research Group one of a small number of research companies helping to make measurement-based care for the possible behavioral health and addiction treatment organizations. "Our clients are extremely busy and need high-quality tools that are easy to use and cost-effective." Joanna shares the experiences in her personal life that brought her to do the work about which she is so passionate.
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MyNDTALK - Life with Familial Hypercholesterolemia
Chad and Kristen Gradney


What do you do when the "cure" is to stop doing something you never began? Chad, who was my fiancé at the time, went into the ER one morning, as I was taking my last nutrition final, with chest pain. The next day he was scheduled to have open heart quadruple bypass surgery, at the very young age of 27. Our lives were turned upside down....  We were married two months later and we went on to start living life like there was no tomorrow. ..."And yet, Chad's health continued to be a challenge that was only fully identified by his wife as she searched for more information... and hope. What did she find? What are their lives like today?

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Invisible Childhood Emotional Neglect, or CEN, has been weighing on some for their entire lives, and are now in the process of recovery. Dr. Jonice Webb, Running on Empty No More: Transform Your Relationships, offers solutions for the effects of CEN on people’s lives: how to talk about CEN, and heal it, in relationships with partners, parents, and children.
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Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing the product of Jews’ comic imagination over continents and centuries into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy―including the satirical, the witty, and the vulgar―he traces the ways Jewish comedy has mirrored, and sometimes even shaped, the course of Jewish history. Persecution, cultural assimilation, religious revival, diaspora, Zionism―all of these, and more, were grist for the Jewish comic mill ... ."~~~

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MyNDTALK - Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces - Dr. Donna Walton

An eye-opening tale of reinvention, Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces is the story of the decades Walton spent working to rebuild her world and discovering new confidence and a fresh sense of purpose along the way. Through disasters, setbacks, trials, and tribulations Donna continues to prove that no crisis is too large to recover from—and offers readers valuable insight for overcoming obstacles of all types."~~~


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Families are riddled with untold secrets. But Stephen Hinshaw never imagined that a profound secret was kept under lock and key for 18 years within his family--that his father's mysterious absences, for months at a time, resulted from serious mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations. From the moment his father revealed the truth, during Hinshaw's first spring break from college, he knew his life would change forever.
Hinshaw calls this revelation his "psychological birth." After years of experiencing the ups and downs of his father's illness without knowing it existed, Hinshaw began to piece together the silent, often terrifying history of his father's life--in great contrast to his father's presence and love during periods of wellness. ..."
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On the Psychological Side : Stigma

Friday, December 29, 2017
FRIDAY - December 29
On the Psychological Side: Grief

 
"Families are riddled with untold secrets. But Stephen Hinshaw never imagined that a profound secret was kept under lock and key for 18 years within his family--that his father's mysterious absences, for months at a time, resulted from serious mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations. From the moment his father revealed the truth, during Hinshaw's first spring break from college, he knew his life would change forever.

Hinshaw calls this revelation his "psychological birth." After years of experiencing the ups and downs of his father's illness without knowing it existed, Hinshaw began to piece together the silent, often terrifying history of his father's life--in great contrast to his father's presence and love during periods of wellness. ..."
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Where Have I Been All My Life?  recounts one woman’s journey through grief and a profound feeling of unworthiness to wholeness and healing.  Rice recounts the grief games she played in an effort to resurrect her mother; her efforts to get her therapist, whom she fell desperately in love with, to run away with her; and the transformation of her husband from a fantasy man to an ordinary guy to superhero. In the process, she experiences aching revelations about her family and her past—and realizes what she must leave behind, and what she can carry forward.
 
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Justin A. Frank M.D. practices and teaches psychoanalysis in Washington, DC where he is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center. A clinician with more than thirty year’s experience, Dr. Frank employs the principles of applied psychoanalysis to assemble the kind of psychological profile used in his previous best-selling books Bush on the Couch, Obama on the Couch.  Today he tackles mental health in the White House.

 
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Growing up in 1970s Detroit, Lynda Schuster felt certain life was happening elsewhere. And as soon as she graduated from high school, she set out to find it. Listen to Lynda's story of her life abroad as a foreign correspondent in war-torn countries, and, later, as the wife of a U.S. Ambassador. Lynda chronicles her time working on a kibbutz in Israel, reporting on uprisings in Central America and a financial crisis in Mexico, dodging rocket fire in Lebanon, and grieving the loss of her first husband, a fellow reporter, who was killed only ten months after their wedding. And yet... there is so much more to her story.
 
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