11 September 2017

ReMoved - Film on children being in Foster Care

This movie is intense and brings to light many emotions that children feel when in foster care. This is American based and therefore differs slightly from the Canadian system, but the emotions are the same. Below is the preview for the film, if you would like to watch the clips you can download the license for the film, or watch them from the website, https://www.removedfilm.com/pages/watch.

04 August 2017

Steps to Emotional Coaching

There are five steps to emotional coaching within the emotion-focused family therapy approach, and they are:

  1. Attend to the emotion
  2. Name it (put it into words)
  3. Validate the emotion
  4. Meet the emotional need
  5. Fix/problem solve
Often we tend to jump to fixing it, and then do the other steps.

27 July 2017

Positive Psychology for Daily Life

I'm offering for the first time with the College of the Rockies Positive Psychology for Daily Life.

It is a three hour crash-course in Positive Psychology.

Course Description
Why do you always try to “fix” what’s wrong or weak? Focusing on the positive attributes is not what we tend to do. If you condition yourself to focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses and positives instead of the negatives you can start improving your positive psychology. Learn how to incorporate five ingredients of well-being on a daily basis: positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning, and accomplishment.

September 27, 2017 at College of the Rockies Cranbrook Campus
November 25, 2017 at College of the Rockies Cranbrook Campus

26 July 2017

According to science, this is when we peak in different skills and attributes

This is a chart that is just fun to look at and create discussion. The data isn't necessarily accurate as it isn't done by samples, rather by users and submissions - so not really science. Nonetheless, read away.
Article here. Original "studies" here.

22 July 2017

How to spot a good therapist

From Psychology Today, they listed 10 ways to spot a good psychotherapist regardless of therapeutic approach.

Here is a snap shot of the ten items.

  1. Good therapy is not friendship
  2. Good therapy is evidence based
  3. Good therapy affirms the clients basic human dignity and worth
  4. Good therapy encourages and models accurate, honest, and timely feedback in communication
  5. Good therapy = good therapeutic alliance
  6. Good therapy encourages the clients idependence and competence
  7. Good therapy considers the clients history and biography
  8. Good therapy takes into account the clients subjective experience and inner world
  9. Good therapy happens when the client does the work
  10. Good therapy offers support, requires learning, and facilitates action

Please go here for the full article.