Facing Disability

Like many projects of this nature, FacingDisability.com was born out of personal experience.  In the summer of 1986, after diving into a swimming pool, Vicki Hill, sustained a neck injury resulting in quadriplegia.
During her rehabilitation, Vicki was fortunate to be able to participate in a peer- mentoring program.  The program introduced her to other people who had sustained injuries like hers a few years before.  They helped her learn how to think about her disability and live with her new body.
They offered a lot more than well-meaning help and advice.  They were the undeniably believable and unquestionably honest voices of experience.
And they were an enormous help.
But there was no peer-mentoring program to help her parents, family and friends to deal with the new life situations that they themselves were experiencing as a result of Vicki’s sudden disability. There is still virtually nothing today—no program focused on personally supporting the people around the injured person.
What’s more, even today, there are many people with new spinal cord injuries like Vicki’s who are not able to participate in peer-mentoring programs.

The lack of such programs is the reason behind FacingDisability.com.

A Guide to Psychology and Its’ Practice

An uncommon sense approach to some common questions and concerns about the practice of clinical psychology by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D.

This site discusses many issues, from fear of flying, to what the DSM-IV codes mean, to self-help and stress management.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

If you are a homeless veteran or a veteran at risk of becoming homeless, these pages provide information that you can use to seek help. They include addresses, phone numbers, and websites to find out about services, programs, and other help that is available. Keep in mind that these pages do not include all services offered. What is available in one area may be different from what is available in another, so be sure to check with local agencies to learn about services in your area.

Click on the links below to read about first steps you should take, information about resources available to address specific needs, how to replace personal records, information about seeking VA benefits, and a printable summary of phone numbers and websites that you can keep with you. Begin by reading “Getting Started.”

False Memory Syndrome Foundation

This is the home page of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. This site provides information about, and mailing lists related to, False Memory Syndrome (FMS) and a link to Internet resources connected with FMS.

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Dual Diagnosis Website

This site is designed to provide information and resources for service providers, consumers, and family members who are seeking assistance and/or education in this field.

The ultimate goal is to improve our service delivery systems. Our present systems have evolved to address singular/discrete disorders. It is entirely possible to reshape our mental health and substance abuse systems, and communities of care across systems, to provide comprehensive services to all consumers. In doing so, these programs will be able to provide effective interventions for persons who have dual/multiple disorders.

National Eating Disorders Association

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues.

At the NEDA Web site:

  • find general information about eating disorders and body image concerns;
  • obtain referrals to treatment centers, doctors, therapists, support groups;
  • purchase educational curriculum, promotional items, videos, books; and
  • learn ways to help by volunteering, interning, and/or advocating.

PhinisheD

PhinisheD is the place on the web to find friendly advice and support as you struggle with your dissertation or thesis, and afterwards as you navigate the stormy seas of academia. If this is your first visit and you’re curious about the site, please take a look at the about PhinisheD page, and the frequently asked questions among other things!  Enjoy the visit, and hope you stay!

Psychological Research on the Net

Psychological Research on the Net is a fantastic meta-list of online psychology experiments. Most experiments disappear once the researchers meet their requirements, so lists like this one are essential to find out what’s new (and also, in a way, what’s hot in research). Sponsored the by Hanover College Psychological Department, this list does a great job at keeping up to date. They categorize studies into Mental Health, Personality, Positive Psychology, Psychology and Religion, Sensation and Perception, Sexuality, Social Psychology, Sport Psychology, Neuropsychology, Cognition, Consumer Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Emotions, Forensic Psych, Health Psychology, Industrial/Organizational, Decisions, Linguistics, General, and if that’s not enough, another long list of other meta-lists.