Minds on the Edge

The one-hour television program zeros in on wrenching and confounding situations that are playing out every day in homes and hospital ERs, on city streets and school campuses, in courtrooms and in jails, as Americans struggle with the challenges of severe mental illness.

Produced for PBS by the Fred Friendly Seminars using their signature format of a hypothetical scenario, the program considers the case of a college student who develops mental illness while at school. Her professor knows something is wrong, but is unsure how to approach her and whether it is even legal to contact her parents. Upset and confused when they see their daughter, her parents do not know where to turn and are shocked to discover how limited their options are when they try to seek medical help.

The program also explores the circumstances of an adult who has coped with his mental illness until his mother dies, and then he is left without critical support. As his mental health unravels, and he is unable to get treatment or maintain his home, he is arrested for a minor crime and absorbed into the criminal justice system. For him it is the beginning of a merry-go-round of homelessness and jail that has become all too common for many individuals who are living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other severe mental illnesses.

No Kidding? Me Too!

No Kidding?  Me Too!

Throughout human history, actors have made their living as entertainers – on stage, the big screen, small screen, even the computer screen. During our journeys, we sometimes encounter roles where the characters exhibit mental issues. Just a quick thought to the most memorable moments in movies and on television over the last century will provide you with many depictions of individuals exhibiting mental illness — almost all encountering seemingly insurmountable barriers.

As artists, what we learn as we become more knowledgeable about mental illness — its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment — is these barriers are not insurmountable and by stigmatizing those with mental illness, we are doing a grave injustice to them, ourselves and all of society.

Our goal is to educate the public about the wonderful possibilities that exist when we break down the societal barriers which hold us all back because we treat those afflicted with mental illness differently — we label them and isolate them. What we passionately want to accomplish is to relieve the weight of millions of people who suffer this isolation.

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

American Association of Pastoral CounselorsThe American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) is a membership and certification organization whose mission is to provide spiritually informed and integrated counseling, collaborative community based  services, training and education in order to enhance the well being of individuals, families and communities. AAPC, founded in 1963, represents and sets professional practice standards for over 2000 Pastoral Counselors and 75 Pastoral Counseling Centers.

Pastoral counseling is a unique form of counseling which uses spiritual resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Certified pastoral counselors  are licensed mental health professionals who have also had in-depth religious and/or theological education or training. Clinical Services are non-sectarian and respect the spiritual commitments, theological perspectives and religious traditions of those who seek assistance without imposing counselor beliefs onto the client.

Membership in AAPC is open to individuals who embrace its mission and desire to increase their professional capacity to provide spiritually informed and integrated care. For those who wish to be certified one can go to the Membership Manual to view descriptions of the categories of certification and the related requirements. For members, AAPC offers vital continuing education opportunities; encourages networks for professional support and enrichment; facilitates growth and innovation in the profession; and provides both specialized in-service training and supervision in pastoral counseling.

Society for the Teaching Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology

Society for the Teaching Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology

From Division 2 of the American Psychological Association, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, there are many resources that can help instructors, students, and just psychologists who do not have a classroom in which to work.  From Abnormal to Statistics, Research and Teaching, there are a myriad of resources, handouts, and PowerPoints that anyone can use better understand the process of psychology.

 

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Center for Deployment Psychology

Center for Deployment Psychology

In honor of those of you who served our country and in honor of the United States Veterans Day, November 11th, I have decided to post this very awesome resource–the Center for Deployment Psychology.

The CDP mission is to prepare health care professionals to better meet the deployment-related emotional and psychological needs of military personnel and their families. More than two million service members have deployed during the conflicts overseas, including many who have deployed multiple times. With these increased deployments, service members and their families undergo increased stress and psychological health challenges.

To meet its mission, CDP trains health care professionals through live presentations, online learning resources, ongoing consultation and state-of-the-art education, coordinating activities across a nationwide network of training sites at 11 military medical centers.

The APA Youtube’s Channel

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The American Psychological Association’s Youtube’s Channel includes videos of the ever popular, “This is Psychology” from the APA President, discussions about research methodologies, tutorial videos, training videos and many more instructional and informational videos.

While this at first seems set up for the APA member, anyone can benefit from most of the videos included.  Highly worth a visit!

American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology

American Society of Clinical PsychopharmacologyThe American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology is headquartered in the United States and has meetings three times a year.  It also has a journal, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and also has developed a Model Curriculum in Psychology, now in its’ 7th adaptation.  There are also resources and a clinical trial workshop as well.

The Jung Page

The Jung Page

With the cooperation and generosity of analysts, academics, independent scholars and commentators, and the editors of several Jungian journals, The Jung Page provides a place to encounter innovative writers and to enter into a rich, ongoing conversation about psychology and culture.

It includes audio, articles, downloads, among other discussions about Jungian psychology and thoughts.  There are also resources and thoughts about Jung himself.