Category: Social issues

What makes a Man – Responses to “Toxic Masculinity”

Within the past couple of weeks, the internet, social media, and conversations are divisive on the whole concept of Toxic Masculinity. It appears this initially came out from the American Psychological Association's recent publication: APA Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. To develop awareness, the APA provides A Closer Look at the APA Psychological Practice with Men and Boys.  ...

How the Kavanaugh Hearing will cause you to question everything

The nation is divided. Captivated by the ongoing political drama of a reported allegation against Trump Administration nominee: Judge Brett Kavanaugh. We are glued to this train wreck of allegations, matter-of-fact truth, investigations, and more allegations of sexual assault. It is not a question of whether or not the nominee is innocent or guilty. It ...

Employment may not be a solution to the homeless crisis in America

The New York Times writer, Matthew Desmond, writes a social commentary on the nature of the homeless crisis in American Society today. His focus is on the nature of how American's perceive employment as a solution toward decreasing homelessness. An excerpt follows from his article. To read the full commentary: Americans Want to Believe Jobs ...

America and the Erosion of Law and Order

On November 29, 2009. Four law enforcement officers were enjoying a cup of coffee. Within moments, they were assassinated by a lone gunman. Prior to this, on November 1, 2009. A veteran Seattle Police Officer was assassinated and a rookie officer injured by another lone gunman. Since these two incidents, we appear to have witnessed the rise in assaults ...

Why American Politics and True Democracy is More Important Than You Think

Our nation is in a political conflict. If you are not paying attention to the various news, and social, media outlets, it's time to become aware. Will Durant, in his book Caesar and Christ, summarizes the causation of Romes decline and fall: "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself ...

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Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Stop BEZOS Act’ in Senate | KIRO-TV

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced the “Stop BEZOS Act” aka the “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act.” “Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is the wealthiest person on Earth,” Sanders said Wednesday. “I think, as I understand it, his wealth went up by $2 billion yesterday — Amazon had a good day. ...

September is National Recovery Month

About Recovery Month Get general information about National Recovery Month, held every September to increase awareness and celebrate successes of those in recovery. National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use ...

The Mystery of the Unmotivated patient

As a moderately seasoned counselor, one of the frustrating aspects of working with individuals suffering from substance use is the lack of motivation and engagement in their treatment and recovery. I become frustrated because they appear to be unmotivated, and underachieving. In my attempt to work with these individuals I am experiencing some consternation. This ...

Dispelling a myth and misconception

There is a post that shows up on my Facebook News Feed and typically is posted by some friends who believe this misconception. This is a continual myth and misconception that comes from an unempathetic and very judgmental perception regarding those individuals who suffer substance use disorder. This article will provide a break down and ...

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