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Gender Expansive Youth: Best Practices – How to Offer a Positive Experience for Gender Expansive Youth – August 9, 2019
 

Gender Expansive Youth: Best Practices – How to Offer a Positive Experience for Gender Expansive Youth – August 9, 2019

Presenters: Caroline Carter, PsyD  and Erin Norton, PsyD. This generation of youth are profoundly expanding our understanding of the possibilities available for gender identity and expression. In light of this, many clinicians who work with youth, despite their specializations, may find themselves working with a young client who holds a...
Hold Me Tight® : 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – November 15-17, 2019
 

Hold Me Tight® : 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – November 15-17, 2019

Presenters: Lisa Blum, PsyD and Silvina Irwin, PhD Drs. Silvina Irwin and Lisa Blum are offering this educational and experiential workshop which teaches you the core concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), heralded as one of the most effective couples therapies by the New York times and endorsed by the...
On-Line Courses – Home-study Options
 

On-Line Courses – Home-study Options

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Addictive internet games
 

Addictive internet games

The Washington Post online had an interesting piece today about teens addicted to onliine games and the havoc such an addiction or obsession can cause in a person’s life. There is, of course, a lot of research and concern about this issue.  The author, Caitlin Gibson, quotes psychologist Kimberly Young,...
American Horrible Health Care Act:  The Mandate
 

American Horrible Health Care Act: The Mandate

What we hear from Republicans is that the Affordable Care Act is “a disaster” or “broken,” and that the new House version will provide more access to health care without that nasty mandate that everyone buy insurance, and that it will cost far, far less.  Pie in the sky.  That...
Cooking Slowly – A Tale of Ever-Changing Times
 

Cooking Slowly – A Tale of Ever-Changing Times

There is an old adage that if you put a live frog in a pot of water and heated it gradually, that frog would just sit in the water and not jump away (even though it could) until the water boils and it is thoroughly cooked.  It may or may...
My Brain Made Me Do It? And Other Questions About Neuroscience
 

My Brain Made Me Do It? And Other Questions About Neuroscience

REVIEW:   Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld,  NY: Basic Books, 2013. This book is short (156 pages of text) and easy to read while being well researched and documented (61 pages of interesting, helpful notes and citations – in a point size...
Giving Guns to People with Mental Health Disabilities
 

Giving Guns to People with Mental Health Disabilities

There is news from Capitol Hill which underscores the notion that there is more to fear in Washington, DC than just the  the White House.  According to an article in the NY Times on Wednesday (February 15th) Congress has acted to reverse and Obama administration rule requiring the Social Security...
Review: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease
 

Review: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease (2010) by Gary Greenberg. Published by Simon and Schuster. This book presents a combination of research and Dr. Greenberg’s personal experience with depression.  He takes a position critical of today’s prevailing view that depression is a brain disorder caused by a...
Review: The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.
 

Review: The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.

The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine.  Shigehisa Kuriyama.  NY: Zone Books, 2002. (Winner of the 2001 Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine) First of all this is a beautiful book.  One does not often say that about academic...
Autism, Vaccines and the Trump Administration
 

Autism, Vaccines and the Trump Administration

“So what’s going on with autism? When you look at the tremendous increase, it’s really – it’s such an incredible – it’s really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase…”  (February 14, 2017, reported in the Washington Post) “When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a...
Review: Dark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
 

Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Dark Money:  The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Author:  Jane Mayer NY:  Doubleday,  2016   This is a detailed, well-researched look into the monetary forces driving the far right, including movements like the Tea Party (and far, far more). The subjects of the...
Statement of Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright – Jan 30, 2017
 

Statement of Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright – Jan 30, 2017

Statement of Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright – Jan 30, 2017 The following statement from Secretary Albright was emailed to me by the group Organizing for Action.  In addition, Secretary Albright was on the PBS News Hour last Monday night expressing similar thoughts “By now, I’m sure you’ve heard...
Hyperbolic Geometry (or How I Became a Postmodernist)
 

Hyperbolic Geometry (or How I Became a Postmodernist)

This story begins with an almost unbearable 10th grade Geometry class— unbearable because of the attitude of the teacher.  He shall remain nameless, but if he reads this (unlikely to say the least), I’m hoping he will recognize his part.  It was 1963 and I was a good and reasonably...
Our current political climate has been the catalyst for thought
 

Our current political climate has been the catalyst for thought

Our current political climate has been the catalyst for thought – and for clarification of the position I take as the founder of and impetus behind Illuminated Education.  For most of my career as a psychologist I have described my theoretical rooting as eclectic, drawing from numerous theoretical constructs when...
Illuminated Education is a DBA of Dr. Chris D. Cooper, Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Cooper is licensed in the states of California (PSY 17398) and Massachusetts (PY 7896-PR).