MNU prof publishes first interactive book on play therapy

Ask an adult what play therapy is and you may get a quizzical look. It’s no surprise then that children going into play therapy might need some help understanding it. Rebeca Chow, MA, LPC, LCPC, RPT/S, MNU play therapy program coordinator, has created the first interactive iPad application book for just that purpose. “Play Therapy Book” provides an introduction to the way therapists work with young clients.

Chow says she developed the app because the youngest clients needed a simple way to learn about play therapy.

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Another view…

David Hudnall, with The Pitch, offers his views about Kansas, its politics, and the results of the state’s political climate.

The Pitch‘s guide to Kansas’ shift from far right to very wrong

by David Hudnall

Suicides are up in Kansas — way up.

An October report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment revealed that 505 Kansans killed themselves in 2012, a startling 31.5 percent jump from the 384 suicides committed in 2011.

That sobering increase can be attributed, in part, to ripple effects from the recession. Suicide numbers tend to climb in economically challenging times.

But the spike also correlates to state policy. From 2009 to 2012, Kansas cut 12.4 percent from its mental-health budget — the ninth-largest decrease in the nation over that period. In Sedgwick County, where 88 people took their lives in 2012, the community mental-health center has lost more than half its state funding since 2009.

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Promise nothing and nothing is all they get

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

America will never heal its ailing health care system until we find a cure for bad writing. Our physically and mentally ill are held captive by academia nuts and jargon jugglers incapable of composing a simple declarative sentence.

Bad writing is like bad food. It’s difficult to define but easy to detect. If the swallowing doesn’t make you ill, the indigestion will.  Nothing creates nausea-induced ambiguity like the writing of government reports, page after page of lip service and insincerity smothered with lame verbs like “enhance” and “explore” and “consider” and “facilitate.”  I call the syndrome “badverbia.” Continue reading

Words of wisdom

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question.

Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. Continue reading

Brownback reveals mental health care plan

Press Release
From Gov. Sam Brownback‘s Office

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday, Jan. 10, an initiative to provide $10 million in  targeted funding to better provide mental health services to the state’s most at-risk and challenging populations, as well as the creation of a panel of experts to re-evaluate Kansas’ current mental health system and make recommendations for improvements.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., Aging and Disabilities Services Sec. Shawn Sullivan and Corrections Sec. Ray Roberts joined the governor for the plan’s unveiling at Wyandot Center Community Behavioral Health Care, Wyandotte County’s community mental health center that serves the Kansas City area.

“Families with mentally ill loved ones face daily challenges the rest of us can only imagine,” Brownback said. “We chose to make our announcement at Wyandot Center because it is representative of Kansas 27 community mental health centers, which together form  our state’s critical mental health safety-net system. “ Continue reading

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