07/20/2014

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This evening’s guests are Jay P. Davidson, Chairman, The Healing Place, and Candace Plattor, a registered clinical counselor.  Our topic is loving someone with an addiction.

Jay Davidson is the founder and President of The Healing Place in Louisville, KY.  Founded in 1989, The Healing Place has become one of the nation’s most effective, social model recovery programs with a recovery rate five times the national average.

Candace Plattor graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology with a Masters degree (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology, in 2001. For over 20 years in her private practice, she’s been helping clients and their loved ones understand their addictive behaviors and make healthier life choices.

Candace gives many popular and well-attended talks based on her award winning books “Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction” and “Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Workbook“. She has also been featured on television and radio programs throughout Canada and the US and has become a favorite go-to expert for news related interviews in the Vancouver area and beyond. Please visit her website for more information: www.candaceplattor.com.

Questions likely to be discussed:

  • What made you decide to work in the Addictions field?  (Personal background)
  • Why did you write this book, and how is it different from other books about family addiction?
  • Why do people get involved in addictive behaviors in the first place, and how can you tell if it’s really an addiction?
  • What is the main message you want your readers to understand?
  • What can the loved ones of people struggling with addiction expect to be feeling, and will that differ depending on the specific addictive behavior involved?
  • Explain some of the differences between “helping” and “enabling”.
  • Can you ever really live a good life with an addict in it?
  • In your book Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself, you have 10 top survival tips. Which do you consider to be the 3 most important ‘tips’ people need to know when they are facing this problem?
  • Why do people always talk about an addict having to reach bottom before they will get help?
  • You clearly state that addiction is really a choice.  How that would be possible with something that is so destructive — surely no one wants to be an addict?
  • Can anyone really get over an addiction?
  • In your book you talk about the importance of self-care for those who are in relationships with addicts. What are some of the main things people need to do to take better care of themselves?
  • Why do people go down the path of addiction?  Is it something they are born with or do they adopt it as a coping mechanism?
  • How do you know if someone you love is an addict?
  • Do interventions ever really work?

Related Links:

The Healing Place

Top ten Survival Tips for Loving an Addicted Person

Substance Abuse

 

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07/13/2014

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Tonight’s guest is Dr Eli Karam.

Dr. Eli Karam

Eli Karam, Ph.D., LMFT is a clinician specializing in couple and family therapy and maintains a private practice in Louisville, KY. Eli is currently an Assistant Professor in the Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. There he conducts research on couple and family relationships, teaches and supervises therapists-in-training.

Website:  www.elikaram.com

Additional information will be added as soon as it arrives.

 

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Psychiatric/Neurosurgical treatments for depression Dr. Michael C. Park & Dr. Rif El-Mallakh

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Tonight’s guests are Drs. Michael Park and Rif El-Mallakh.

Dr Rif Elmalach -     

Dr. Rif El-Mallakh received his MS in biology and his MD degrees from the University of Illinois. He completed a medical internship and one year of a neurology residency before completing an adult psychiatry residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. El-Mallakh received his board certification in psychiatry in 1990. He spent three years as a clinical research fellow with the late Dr. Richard Wyatt’s Neuropsychiatry Branch Laboratory at the NIMH. He joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Louisville in 1992. For the last 20 years he has focused his research on the pathophysiology of bipolar illness and has performed basic work regarding ion dysregulation and development of an animal model in this disorder. His clinical research has focused on lithium, bipolar depression, and the deleterious consequences of antidepressants in the management of bipolar illness. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and two books. He has been funded by NARSAD, NIMH, and the pharmaceutical industry, has served as reviewer for both NIMH and the Canadian Research Council as well as reviewer for several psychiatric publications and smaller granting agencies. He has received over 24 awards, including the Gerald L. Klerman Young Investigator from the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association and multiple Golden Apple teaching awards from the U of L.

Questions for Dr. Frager:

  1. What is electro stimulation in the treatment of psychiatric problems?
  2. What type of psychiatric conditions may respond to electro stimulation?
  3. What types of electro stimulation are there for treatment of psychiatric conditions?
  4. How safe are these treatments?
  5. How effective are these treatments?
  6. How expensive are these treatments?
  7. How available are these treatments?

Dr. Michael C. Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine and is the Director of Functional Neurosurgery and Pain.

Questions for Dr. Frager:

  1. What is deep brain stimulation?
  2. What are some of the medical conditions treated with deep brain stimulation?
  3. How is the stimulator placed?  Can you explain about the surgical procedure?  Response can be short or long, depending on the time.
  4. What are some of the newer indications for deep brain stimulation?
  5. What are some of the advantages of deep brain stimulation?

Related Links:

 Bipolar Disorder  (a galaxy of useful links at MedlinePlus)

Deep Brain Stimulation  (Wiki article)

Electroconvulsvive therapy  (Wiki article)

University of Louisville Depression Center

 

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Joyce Riley education and information for the Gulf War veterans and their families

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Tonight’s guest is Joyce Riley
Website: www.thepowerhour.com

Ms. Riley is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her nursing career includes clinical positions of Staff Nurse, Patient Care Systems Analyst, Utilization Review, Nursing Instructor and Director of Nursing of an acute care hospital, long term care facility and home care agency. Her areas of nursing specialty are nursing administration, medical-surgical nursing and organ transplantation. She has presented at the National Institutes of Health, medical legal conferences such as the American Trial Lawyers Association, was host of her own radio talk show “Nurse Talk Radio-The Truth in Health Care”, and has guested on over 1500 radio and television shows, including Art Bell, Chuck Harder and Michael Reagan.

While employed at Bexar Count Hospital, San Antonio, Ms. Riley became involved in nursing medical malpractice issues after learning that Nurse Genene Jones was responsible for deaths of many babies in the well publicized “Baby Death” case. She has served as consultant and testifying expert for both plaintiff and defense medical malpractice cases for the last ten years.

Ms. Riley served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and flew on C-130 missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. She now serves as spokesperson for the American Gulf War Veterans Association who’s purpose is to provide education and information for the Gulf War veterans and their families and to seek treatment for the illnesses that thousands of Gulf War veterans now suffer from.

Ms. Riley now resides in Versailles, Mo.where she is Host of The Power Hour, a three-hour syndicated radio broadcast Monday through Friday, 7-10 AM CST. Listen Live at http://www.GCNLive.com  or http://www.ThePowerHour.com  or SHORTWAVE FREQUENCY ARE: 7.490 & 13.845
Replay: 4.840 (2AM – 5AM CST)

Planned topics for discussion:

  • What is the significance of SSRI and antidepressant medication in the military and retired vets?
  • What is the “real” history of the use of medication and experimentation of the military and VA hospitals?
  • Tell us about some True stories of vets you’ve dealt with in and out of prison who committed crimes under the influence of prescribed medications.
  • Talk to us about Veteran homicide and suicide rates (not released or known).
  • What is the rate of medicated dependent children in the military?  What you can do?
  • What is the history of the use of drugs in the military, SSRI, antidepressants, uppers, downers, and Ecstasy?
  • What is the function of the VA and relationship to psychiatry as demonstrated by The Hidden Enemy?
  • Let’s talk about experimentation with Tuskegee Syphilis study and relationship to the VA system.
  • What is the financial relationship between pharmaceutical companies and the VA?
  • Is the PTSD diagnosis being used as a cover for other organic problems?  Who Benefits?
  • Why so many cardiac deaths among U.S. military?
  • Collateral damage in families (dependent children and spouses)
  • What can be done by the individual troops in and out of the military?

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Veterans Crisis Line

 

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Richard Syrop Saving money as a passion

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 Richard Syrop is the author of  Effortless Savings: A Step-by-Step Guidebook to Saving Money Without Sacrifice

His web page is http://effortlesssavings.com/

Richard Syrop grew up in a family that viewed saving money as a passion, hobby, and lifestyle. Over the years, he has seen and personally tested just about every saving method imaginable. Dissatisfied with conventional ways to reduce expenditures, Richard developed a unique approach to savings, which does not require consumers to give up their favorite products, entertainment or travel. He has taught these saving methods in seminars throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Planned topics for discussion:

  1. How did you conceive the idea for this book?
  2. In your book, you discuss renegotiating Pay-TV and Internet rates. Will you tell our listeners how to do this?
  3. What is the best way to reduce cell phone bills?
  4. What is the easiest way to lower insurance premiums?
  5. What are some simple steps to reduce home energy consumption?
  6. Most money management books discourage the use of credit cards.
  7. However, you encourage it. Why?
  8. You strongly recommend consumers keep their money in a rewards checking account. Can you tell our listeners about this?
  9. In your book, you mentioned that you and your wife made over $1,000 last year by capitalizing on back account signup bonuses. Can you explain how you did this?
  10. You encourage consumers to never buy extended warranties for products or services. Isn’t this risky?
  11. In order to save money on eBay, you recommend using a sniping service to  place bids seconds before auctions end. Can you discuss this?

Related Topics:

Effortless Savings: Websites of the Month

Extended Warranties  (Wiki article)

How to Negotiate with Cable TV companies  (eHow page)

How to Negotiate Internet Service (eHow page)

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Pediatric DepressionDr. Deborah Serani and Dr. Patrick Possel

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 Tonight’s guests are Dr. Deborah Serani and Dr. Patrick Possel

Dr. Deborah Serani is an expert in depression, specializing in its treatment and living successfully with the disorder since childhood. She is a licensed psychologist in practice twenty five years, an associate professor at Adelphi University, and author of the award-winning books Living with Depression and Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.”    Webpage:  http://www.drdeborahserani.com/

Planned topics for discussion:

  • Talk to us about why depression is the most common of all mental illnesses.
  • What are the differences between boys and girls experiencing depression during puberty?
  • Why is suicide more common among the elderly than in any other age group?
  • What are some reasons why depressed people may be afraid to seek treatment?
  • What is depression?
  • Is there a difference between depression in children, adolescents, and adults?
  • Why is there this big increase in cases of depression in adolescence?
  • What’s the reason for the gender difference in depression starting in adolescence?
  • Why is depression in adolescents so important?
  • What are risk factors for depression?
  • How do I know that my child has depression?
  • What treatments for depression are effective for adolescents?
  • Can we prevent depression in adolescents?
  • What are the problems with prevention of depression? Are there possible solutions?
  • Is there anything that parents can do to prevent depression in their children?

Dr. Patrick Possel has worked for 15 years with children and adolescents. Besides working clinically with minors, he has implemented 4 large scale studies to prevention of depression with about 2500 students in America and Europe and 2 longitudinal studies with 1000+ participants to better understand the origins of depression.

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Dr Deborah Serani  (Wikipedia article)

 Depression  (MedlinePlus references)

 

DEPRESSION STATISTICS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

General Statistics

  • Depression is the most common of all mental illnesses.
  • Depression affects 121 million people worldwide.
  • Depression can occur in anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age or background.
  • 1 in 10 people in the US live with depression. That’s about 19 million people who experience depression a year… or about the entire population of the state of Florida.
  • Over 300,000 soldiers returning from active duty experience a depressive disorder.
  • #1 cause of disability in the United States, according to The World Health Organization, is depression.
  • 53% of people believe that depression is a sign of personal weakness.
  • 68% of Americans don’t want someone with depression marrying into their family.
  • 58% don’t want a person with depression in their workplaces.
  • 38% believe people with depression are dangerous.
  • Suicide is a significant risk for anyone with a mental illness, but is exponentially higher for people with depression.
  • 80% of depressed people are not currently receiving treatment.
  • Depression is a treatable condition, with 90% of those who DO seek treatment experiencing recovery.

Children and Depression

  • Up to 1 out of 40 babies has depression.
  • 4% of preschoolers has depression
  • 5% of school aged children have depression
  • 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18.
  • Boys have higher rates of documented depression before puberty, whereas rates of depression increase for girls over boys during puberty.
  • Students with depression are twice as likely to drop out of school.

Elderly and Depression

  • Approximately 2% of people over age 65 living in the community (not living in nursing homes or other institutions) experience depression.
  • Suicide is more common among the elderly than in any other age group.
  • Recent NIMH studies show that 20% of older adults have subclinical symptoms that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for depression yet need increased health services.

Gender Differences

Women:

  •  15% of women experience postpartum depression.
  •  40% of women will not seek help for depression.
  •  Women internalize their depression, presenting with sadness and self-blame.

Men:

  •   7% of men experience depression. That’s over 6 million Americans.
  •   1 in 10 new fathers experience postpartum depression.
  •  50% of men will not seek help for depression.
  •  Men externalize when depressed, presenting with more irritability and anger.

References

Barney, L.J., Griffiths, K., Christensen, H. & Jorm, A. (2009) Exploring the nature of stigmatising beliefs about depression and help-seeking: Implications for reducing stigma. BMC Public Health, 9 (61): 1-11.

Bromet, E., Andrade, L. et al. (2011). Cross-national epidemiology of DSM-IV major depressive episode. BMC Medicine: 9(1): 90-101.

Dingenfelder, S. (2009). Stigma: Alive and well. Monitor on Psychology, 40(6), 56.

Eisenberg, D.; Goldstein, E. and Hunt, J. (2009). Mental health and academic success. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 9(1): 40-49.

Gotlib, I. A. and Hammen, C. L. (2010). Handbook of depression. New York: Guilford Press.

Griffiths, K.M., Nakane, Y. et. al (2006). Stigma in response to mental disorders: a comparison of Australia and Japan. BMC Psychiatry,6(21):1-21.

Kessler, R.C., Cox, B.J., et. al. (2011). The effects of latent variables in the development of comorbidity among common mental disorders. Depression and Anxiety 28(1), 29-39.

Luby, J., Si, X. Belden, A.C., Tandon, M. & Spitznagel, E. (2009). Preschool depression: Homotypic continuity and course over 24 months. Archives of General Psychiatry, 68(8):897-905.

Nock, M.K., Borges, G. & Ono, Y. (2012). Suicide: Global perspectives from the WHO World Mental Health Survey. New York: Cambridge University Press

Piccinello, M. & Wilkinson, G. (2000). Gender differences in depression. The British Journal of Psychiatry,177: 486-492,

World Health Organization (2011). Mental health atlas. Geneva: World Health Organization

 

Ten Myths about Pediatric Depression
By
Dr. Deborah Serani

1.    Myth: Babies and children cannot be diagnosed with depression.
False. Babies and children can be diagnosed with a mood disorder. Called Pediatric Depression, this major health concern reveals that 4% of preschool aged children, 5% of school-aged children and 11% percent of adolescents meet the criteria for major depression.

2.    Myth: My pediatrician says my child’s moodiness it just a phase – and not to worry.  
False. General practitioners and pediatricians, while trained in aspects of mental illness, are not specialists. If you’re on the receiving end of a don’t-worry-it’s-just-a-stage response from your family physician, seek a second opinion from a mental health specialist.

3.    Myth: Good parents can always detect if their child is depressed.
False. Most children who suffer with depression keep their thoughts and feelings masked. The only way for parents to understand depression is to be aware of the age specific behaviors and symptoms. Depression is not a result of bad parenting.

4.    Myth: Pediatric Depression will go away on its own.
False: A serious mental illness cannot be willed away or brushed aside with a change in attitude. Ignoring the problem doesn’t give it the slip either. Depression is serious, but treatable illness, with a success rates of upwards of 80% for children who receive intervention.
5.    Myth: Talking about depression gives kids ideas and makes things worse.
False. Talking about depression with your child actually helps to reduce symptoms. Support and encouragement through open communication are significantly meaningful. This lets your child know he’s not alone, is loved and cared for.

6.    Myth: The risk of suicide for children is greatly exaggerated.
False. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in adolescents ages 15 to 24, and is the 6th leading cause of death in children ages 5 to14. Suicide is significantly linked to depression, so early diagnosis and treatment of pediatric depression are extremely important.

7.    Myth: Antidepressants will change your child’s personality.
False. Antidepressants normalize the ranges of moods in children who have a mood disorder – and will not change your child’s personality what-so-ever.

8.    Myth: Once a child starts taking antidepressants, he is on it for the rest of his life.
False. The majority of children who take antidepressant medication will stop their prescription in a careful and modified manner when recovery from depression occurs. This clinical state of recovery takes about a year or so to achieve.

9.    Myth: When a depressed child refuses help, there’s nothing parents can do.
False.  If your child refuses to go to talk therapy or take medication, there are things you can do. You can seek therapy with a trained mental health specialist to learn how to help your child in spite of the fact that he won’t attend sessions. In a crisis situation, you can drive your child to the nearest hospital emergency room, or contact family, friends or the local police for assistance in getting him there.

10.    Myth: Nowadays, stigma for children and teens living with depression has declined.
False. Though evidence-based research has shown depression is a real illness, stigma is on the rise instead of on the decline. There is so much shame regarding mental illness that statistics show only 1 in 5 actually seeks treatment. Studies have shown that knowledge of depression appears insufficient to dispel stigma. What does reduce stigma? Learning about positive and inspiring stories of people living successfully with depression.

Source

Serani, D. (2013). Depression and Your Child: A Guidebook for Parents and Caregivers. Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield.

 

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Happy Father’s Day, Y’all!

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.   More info:  Facts for Features: Father’s Day

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Chronic Pain Mr. Thomas Thornberry and Dr. Erica Adams

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 Tonight’s guests are Mr. Thomas Thornberry and Dr. Erica Adams

Website:  www.mentalmorsels.com

Thomas is a behavioral medicine specialist who earned his master’s
degree in clinical psychology at Morehead State University in 1997,
and a second master’s degree in public administration at Eastern
Kentucky University in 2013.  His professional interests are in health
and wellness practices, as well as the psychology of leisure.  Thomas
has worked extensively with medical patients, mostly those with
chronic pain, since 2001.  He currently provides pain-counseling
services at HealthPoint Associates.  He also writes a monthly magazine
column for Health Beat Magazine in Richmond, called Mental Morsels.

Planned topics of discussion:

  • Let’s start with defining the condition.  What do we mean when we say “chronic pain?”
  • Patients often say that their doctor has told them “you’ll just have to learn to live with the pain.”  Does that mean the patient is doomed to suffer the rest of his or her life?
  • Is it possible to die from pain?
  • Where do you think traditional medical practice has fallen the most short when it comes to helping people with pain?
  • What are some examples of “iatrogenesis,” of patients getting the wrong message from their doctor?
  • Are there people whose pain is “all in their heads?”
  • So is that why doctors refer patients to see counselors, when their problem is pain?
  • If a patient has had every medication imaginable and a ton of surgeries, how talking supposed to help?
  • How can anyone who doesn’t have pain possible understand what it’s like?
  • What kind of services can patients expect when they come to a behavioral medicine specialist?  What do you do with them?
  • How can spouses and families get involved in helping someone with pain?

Dr. Erica Adams

Dr. Erica Adams received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville. Currently, she works as a health and counseling psychologist with Bluegrass Health Psychology in Lexington, KY. She is pursuing board certification in Health Psychology, and her special interest areas include chronic pelvic pain and gastrointestinal disorders.

Planned topics of discussion:

  • 1. What role does a health psychologist play in helping someone with pain?
  • 2. Does a health psychologist work with the patient’s other providers?
  • 3. You mentioned ‘biofeedback.’ What is that?
  • 4. What are some of the other coping strategies you teach patients?
  • 5. What are some of the effects of living with chronic pain?
  • 6. I imagine it also affects one’s family. What do you know about this?
  • 7. What kind of chronic pain conditions do you commonly see?
  • 8. What are some tips you can provide our listeners who are living with chronic pain?
  • 9. Do you work with people who are interested in getting off of or reducing their use of narcotics/pain medications?
  • 10. What are some of the reasons people end up wanting to stop those medications?

Related Links:

American Chronic Pain Society

American Pain Society

Chronic Pain  (wiki article)

Facts and figures on Pain  (American Academy of Pain Medicine)

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association

Pain Management  (wiki article)

Pain Management and Prescription Drugs  (useful info re undermedication in the USA)

Pelvic Pain  (wiki article)

Diversion of Pharmaceutical Drugs  (useful and interesting article)

Title 21 United States Code (USC) Controlled Substances Act

 

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Illness Anxiety Disorder Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.

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Tonight’s guest is Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D                       

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA. She received her Doctoral Degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.  Dr. Williams is currently a member of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), where she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board. She specializes in treatment of the most severe cases of OCD and related disorders.

Planned topics of discussion:

  • What is hypochondriasis?
  • What are the symptoms of hypochondriasis?
  • How common is hypochondriasis?
  • What is the public impact of hypochondriasis?
  • What is the relationship between hypochondriasis and health/illness anxiety?
  • What is the difference between hypochondriasis and OCD?
  • Are the symptoms just all in their head?
  • What causes hypochondriasis?
  • Can people with hypochondriasis have real medical problems?
  • What types of therapy are helpful for hypochondriasis?
  • What types of medications are helpful for hypochondriasis?

Related Links:

Culturally Speaking  (Dr. Williams’ blog)

Hypochondiasis  (article in Wikipedia)

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder  (article in Wikipedia)

 

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Media and Social Media Prof. David Levy and Ceradwen Bacon

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Tonight’s guests are Professor David Levy from the University of Washington with his student Ceradwen Bacon.

David Levy is a professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford University and a diploma in Calligraphy and Bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London. For over 15 years he was a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, exploring the transition from paper and print to digital media. At the University of Washington since 2000, he focuses on bringing mindfulness training and other contemplative practices to address problems of information overload and acceleration.

Ceradwen Bacon is from San Juan Island in Washington and has a background in design, art history and psychology.  She is currently living in Seattle working on her Masters in Library and Information Science.  Ms. Bacon works at a small, non-profit university library, helping faculty and students use technology in the classroom.

Planned topics for discussion:

  • How long have you been teaching at the University of Washington?
  • Talk about your class “Information and Contemplation?”
  • Why do you choose to begin each class with 15 minutes of meditation?
  • Do you feel that meditation should be a vital part of everyone’s ritual?
  • What is mono-tasking?
  • Why does society choose mobile communication rather than face-to-face communication?
  • Do you feel texting has a negative impact on daily tasks, such as driving, studying, etc.
  • What do you believe is the big reason so many people are more or less dependent on technology?
  • What are the risks of taking breaks from technology in today’s world?
  • Tell us more about the American culture of feeling the need to work 24/7 and how technology makes that a near reality.
  • Does the ability to have information at your fingertips instantly outweigh the drawbacks of missing out on things like conversation?
  • How have smartphones affected our dependency on technology and the Internet?
  • Do you think that companies should follow France’s lead and cut back on distractions with mandatory technology breaks?
  • How harmful could constantly being involved with technology be on family life?

Related Links:

Information and Contemplation – Teaching Students How to Unplug  (article in USA Today)

Monotasking   (definition in The Urban Dictionary)

How to Meditate  (an entry in WikiHow)

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Law Enforcement w/Mr. Zach Fortier, Major Kelly Jones, Ms. Regan Jones, and Dr. Eli Karem

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Tonight’s guests are Mr. Zach Fortier, Major Kelly Jones, Regan Jones, and Dr. Eli Karem.

Book website: CurbChek

Mr. Zach Fortier began his career with six years in the Air Force as an MP and did a tour in Saudi Arabia.  He completed the majority of his work in Odgen, Utah.  Mr. Fortier was a police officer for over 30 years, specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence, and sex crimes as an investigator.  He also suffers from PTSD as a result of the stressors of work.

Major Kelly Jones is currently assigned as the Commander of the Special Operations Division. There are 14 units under his command, including units such as SWAT, HNT, K-9, Air Unit, Bomb Squad, River Patrol Special Events and the LMPD Traffic Unit.  In 1987, he began his career in law enforcement with the former Louisville Division of Police (LPD). As a Major, Jones commanded the Third Division before taking over Special Operations.

Eli Karam, Ph.D., LMFT is a clinician specializing in couple and family therapy and maintains a private practice in Louisville, KY. Eli is currently the President for the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KAMFT) and an Assistant Professor in the Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. There he conducts research on couple and family relationships, teaches and supervises therapists-in-training. Dr. Eli also educates the public through various television and radio appearances.

Planned topics for discussion:

  • How are today’s cops different from when you started 30 years ago?
  • What are the changes you have seen in police work in the past 30 years? What would you like to see changed?
  • How has working as a cop changed your perspective on crime?  How about courts and prisons?
  • Should there be hasher penalties in the justice system?
  • How did you and your colleagues deal with the everyday stress of the job?
  • Is there anything not being taught in law enforcement academics that you feel should be mandatory?
  • What are your views about police brutality?  Do you think it is ever warranted?
  • What is your perspective on what can be done to turn kids away from the gang lifestyle?
  • What is your opinion about the school shootings, and now stabbings, both in primary and higher learning institutions?
  • What do you think we should do to deal with these shootings?
  • Are there any cases that stick out in your mind more than others?
  • Why did you not want recognition for meritorious acts while on the force?
  • What did you consider a “good day” on shift?
  • Your next book in the works is about the original founder of the Crips gang in Los Angeles.  What can you tell me about that?

Related topics:

Law enforcement in the United States  (Wikipedia article)

Crime in the United States  (Wikipedia article)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder  (Medline plus article and links)

Happy Mother’s Day!!!  ‘Hope it  was a good one!!!

Some lovely quotes about moms.  From the QuoteGarden.

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