By David Joel Miller.
You have questions – you left comments.
Sorry about not getting to answer all those great questions. You readers have sent in a number of comments and questions, some on one site and some on another. All those comments and questions deserve a decent response. I am finding that this time of year with finals, a three-day training, preparing for the next semester and the general hecticness of the season, there has just not been time to get back to all of you as I had wished.
So I hope you will keep reading the posts as they are scheduled to appear and know that I will get back to your questions and comments as soon as I possibly can.
You should know that most of the posts on counselorssoapbox.com are written ahead of time and then scheduled to appear at a later date.
There have been lots of new developments in therapyland and in recoveryland also. I have been reading some new research and the way we see substance abuse, mental illness and recovery is all about to change.
Over the next year I want to talk about all of these items and give the questions and comments the replies they deserve.
Here are just some of the things that remain on my to-write-about list.
1. How treatment and recovery might apply to children and adolescents. Over my time working in the recovery field I have seen a lot of youngsters that need and deserve help. Working with adults I see issues that are clearly the result of childhood mental illness or substance abuse that went untreated.
2. The role of the internet and modern technology in mental health and recovery. I see both harm and help from these new technologies. We should talk about what might be helpful in treating and preventing emotional and substance abuse issues and what internet features may be promoting recovery.
3. The changing role and status of LPCC’s in delivering mental health and substance abuse treatment in California.
4. Affairs: This is not a new topic but it is a large, possibly the largest, reason couples come to see me in private practice. People have strong feelings around this. With more than half of all marriages ending in divorce and more than half of all people reporting they have had affairs we need to look at this issue and how you might recover from an affair – yours or your partners.
5. New developments in brain science. The last year has resulted in some intriguing new knowledge of the brain and how it works. This research has suggested some new ways that mental and emotional illnesses as well as substance use disorders can be treated. Not all of this new knowledge points to using more medication to treat problems. Research continues to point to the value of talk therapies in treating emotional issues. While I am neither a medical doctor nor a researcher, as a counselor, therapist and writer, I find these developments worth commenting on.
6. The major role of stress, adjustment and dissociation in emotional problems. PTSD, complex trauma and a host of other problems have received less attention than they require. We need to talk more about how stress affects people, how to manage stress and how to heal from past stressful experiences.
One goal for the counselorssoapbox.com blog this year was to write and post 350 new articles. With those already scheduled to appear before the year-end it is clear that we will reach this goal. This will bring the total for articles posted on counselorssoapbox.com to over 700 posts.
This coming year looks to be a busy one. I will be teaching more classes than last year, doing more trainings and plan to get back to work on that book or books. Readers have asked questions about, change, recovery, resiliency and how to create a happy life, which need much longer discussions than a blog post. The books in progress will be a way to offer my views on those topics.
Thanks to all the readers, new and longtime, of counselorssoapbox.com. Keep those questions and comments coming; it encourages me to keep writing.
For more about David Joel Miller and my work in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and Co-occurring disorders see the about the author page. For information about my other writing work beyond this blog check out my Google+ page or the Facebook author’s page, up under David Joel Miller. Posts to the “books, trainings and classes” category will tell you about those activities. If you are in the Fresno California area, information about my private practice is at counselorfresno.com. A list of books I have read and can recommend is over at Recommended books.
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